Ball State's gymnastics team managed a 194.500 to 194.175 victory over the nation's 16th-ranked Central Michigan Chippewas in its Mid-American Conference opener.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 1-2 on the season and 1-0 in MAC play, while CMU suffered its first loss of the year and fell to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in league play.
The 194.500 team score ties for the 13th best mark in school history and is Ball State's best team score since the 2002 season.
"I am very proud of this team," head coach Nadalie Walsh says. "This team has great chemistry and I can trust them and they trust each other. We fought really hard through all four events and it came down to the final event in the meet. It is a tremendous accomplishment to beat a nationally ranked team, and it is good to start 1-0 in the conference."
The Cardinals won the meet behind the first place finishes of Denasiha Christian on the vault and Brittney Emmons' first place showing on the floor.
Ball State opened the meet against the 16th ranked team in the country with a victory in the first rotation. The Cardinals tallied a 48.850 on the vault, while the Chippewas managed a 47.825 on the bars to give Ball State the early advantage. Ball State's vault score is the fourth best mark in Ball State history.
On the vault, Christian led Ball State and placed first overall with a 9.85 mark. Freshman Brooke Evans and Emmons tied for third with a pair of 9.75's.
On the bars, Ball State tallied a 48.700 to maintain a 97.550 to 96.600 lead through two events. Angie Hosbach placed second with a 9.800, while Brooklyn Schumacher tied for third with a 9.775.
The Cardinals moved to the beam and registered a 48.075, while the Chippewas could only muster a 48.500 on the floor and Ball State led after three events 145.625 to 145.100.
On the beam, Leah Wilson finished third with a 9.825 to lead the Cardinals.
Ball State entered the final event with a slight advantage and was able to close the meet with a 48.875 on the floor, while CMU tallied a 49.075 on the beam.
Emmons won the vault with a 9.85, while Christian finished second with a 9.80. Schumacher and Hosbach tied for fourth with a pair of 9.75 scores.
Ball State will host Northern Illinois in its annual Alumni Day Meet Friday at 7 p.m. in Irving Gym.