MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan kept its record perfect and its streak of consecutive victories over Mid-American Conference opponents alive Saturday, outscoring Ball State, 193.350-190.100, inside McGuirk Arena.
With the victory, CMU has now outscored MAC opponents in 24-straight meetings, including 12 regular season duals and 12 in the postseason, while claiming the last two MAC Championships crowns.
"I had some really good things happen with our team today, but I was disappointed we couldn't close it the way we should," head coach Jerry Reighard said. "We honestly care about our national rankings and about upcoming teams that are coming up against us in this conference. My job is to get us to meet our goals and we will get them to happen."
The Chippewas (5-0, 2-0 MAC) opened the meet on vault and were led by senior Kristin Teubner and Brittany Petzold, who each scored a 9.800 to tie for first. Sophomore Meaghan McWhorter gave CMU the top three spots, scoring a 9.750.
In rotation two, two Chippewas tied for first place with the Cardinals' (1-2, 0-1 MAC) Julie Cotter, as freshman Kylie Fagan and Petzold each posted a 9.775. Teubner and freshman Becca Druien claimed spots four and five, scoring 9.725 and 9.700 respectively, to help the Chippewas post a season-best 48.600 on the uneven bars.
Druien continued her stellar performance in rotation three on the balance beam, tying with fellow freshman Taylor Noonan for first place with a 9.725. Freshman Halle Moraw scored a season-best 9.700 to finish third as the trio of freshmen claimed the top three spots for the Maroon and Gold.
Another first-place finish from Teubner capped the meet for the Chippewas as the senior posted a 9.800 on floor to total her all-around score to a season-best 38.350. Druien finished third on the floor with a 9.700 while also posting a season-best 38.725 all-around score.
Druien's season-best mark in the all-around also marked a team best for the Chippewas in 2012, as she edged Petzold's season-best 38.700.The Chippewas are back in action next Friday when they travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., to take on in-state foe Eastern Michigan and Texas Women's University. The meet is set for 7 p.m.