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Third baseman Ryan Peltier becomes Ball State baseball's first Gold Glove winner

MUNCIE, Ind. — By Ryan Peltier's estimation, he has taken thousands of defensive reps at third base since arriving at Ball State.

From the hot practices in the fall to the frigid temperatures in early spring, Peltier has been perfecting his craft with the help of his teammates and head coach Rich Maloney, who coaches the infield.

As a result, Peltier was named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove winner at third base, becoming the first player in Ball State history to win the national award.

"It means a lot," Peltier said. "I know we have a great tradition at Ball State and have had a lot of great players come through the program and it's amazing to know that I'm the first one in program history (to win).