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Monday, March 11, 2013

* Harley-Davidson's Ken Schmidt in Evansville Tonight!

Tonight, Ken Schmidt, brand visionary and communications strategist for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, will speak in Evansville. The Institute for Global Enterprise Institute Speaker Series is pleased to sponsor Mr. Schmidt’s presentation “Going Global:  Succeeding in an International Marketplace” in both Indianapolis and Evansville. As the former director of communications for Harley-Davidson, Mr. Schmidt played an active role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history - and got paid to ride motorcycles.  

The Evansville lecture, slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. in Aiken Theatre at the Centre, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. 

For more information, call 812-488-2455 or e-mail


What's Happening Today

* Tonight at the Newman Catholic Student Center: Meet the New Priest!

Father Brian Emmick, a new priest who was ordained just last summer, will be our guest tonight at the Newman Center. This evening will be a chance just to get to know him and hear his story. Father Brian was a convert to Catholicism and then felt the call to the priesthood, so his is a very interesting journey. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m., with the discussion from 6-7 p.m. The Newman Center is located at 1901 Lincoln, just across the street from the front oval and Koch Center. Contact Newman Center director Mike Roesch at mr201 for more details. Everyone is welcome to attend!

* UEMTA Presents Experience the Rhythm Today!

Today the University of Evansville Music Therapy Association will present Experience the Rhythm, a free interactive drum and song circle open to kick off the rest of the semester! The event will take place on March 11 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. Come to learn new songs, play drums and other rhythmic instruments, and have fun!


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: Guest Artist and Student Recitals

The Department of Music will present a Guest Artist Recital featuring flutist Mihoko Watanabe in Wheeler Concert Hall this Saturday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m.  A native of Japan, Watanabe received her Bachelor of Music from the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, her Master of Music and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. 

A celebrated and versatile international performer, she has won competitions sponsored by both the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association and has appeared in Japan, Israel, and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist.  In her current position as Associate Professor of Flute at Ball State University, she performs as a member of the Musical Arts Quintet, a faculty ensemble that has received a number of awards, including the prestigious 2010 American Masterpieces: Chamber Music grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

She is also a founding member of Trio Piacere (flute, cello, piano), which has performed nationally and internationally, and a member of Duo Viva (two flutes), with which she recorded “Doppler Effect,” an album released in 2006 by Little Piper.  As an orchestral player, she has held several principal flute positions and performed with American and Canadian orchestras.  Watanabe is also a very active teacher and clinician, having presented masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan, and she has a great interest in the field of ethnomusicology, particularly the traditional music of her native land. 

Watanabe’s UE performance will include works by her countrymen, Kazuo Fukushim and Joji Yuasa, as well as works by western composers ranging from C. P. E. Bach to Francis Poulenc.  Pianist Helen Reed will accompany Watanabe.  The recital is free and open to the public.

Department of Music students will offer three recitals this weekend.  Soprano Tyler Samuel and tenor Josh Kight will present a joint Junior Recital on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.  On Sunday, March 17, soprano Emily Naas will present her Junior Recital at 1:00 p.m., and baritone Alexander Henderson will present his Junior Recital at 2:30 p.m.  All three events will occur in Wheeler Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.

* World Bank Senior Economist to Speak at UE on March 19

Dr. Furrakh Iqbal, World Bank senior economist, will be speaking to UE students via international video conferencing  at 8.00 a.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in Schroeder Family School of Business Building on March 19. The title of his presentation is, "The Role of the World Bank in International Development ".  Dr. Iqbal received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his PhD from Yale University in economics. He has been associated with the World Bank (Washington DC)  for the last 30 years. Currently he is assigned to a project in the Middle East. Dr. Iqbal graciously accepted an invitation to speak to UE students from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance. The event is open to public.

* Bible Study on Wednesday Night

Adventist Campus Ministries will be having Bible study on Wednesday night from 7-8 p.m. in Room153 (Eades Music Room) in the McCurdy Wing of Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican? What does the Bible have to say about topics like the national debt, helping the poor, gun control, labor and management issues, abortion, etc.

"I think you will find Jesus was very much middle of the road," says Bible study member Alexandra Statham. "On certain topics he seems to lean towards the right while with other topics he leans towards the left."

Anyone is welcome to attend and you can contact: Alexandra Statham ( for more details.

* Andiron Lecture Set for March 13

The next Andiron Lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m. (Please note that the location of this lecture has changed - it will now be in the room to the right of the one that was originally announced.)

The speaker will be Matt Rowe. He will discuss "Architectural Styles of Evansville’s Riverside Historic District."

Rowe has been the executive director of the Reitz Home Museum since February 2011. A Newburgh native, he holds a BFA in art history from the University of Southern Indiana. He is the president of the Evansville Museum Contemporaries, an auxiliary fund-raising organization of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, where he sits on the Board of Trustees and serves on the Executive Committee. A resident of the historic district, he has served on the board of Alhambra Theatre Inc. and is the president-elect of the Friends of Willard Library. He is also a member of the Public Art Commission.

In this lecture, Rowe, chair of the City of Evansville Historic Preservation Commission, will lead the audience through a virtual tour of his neighborhood, Evansville’s Riverside Historic District.  He will discuss the characteristics of various styles of nineteenth-century residential architecture, using examples from the downtown Evansville neighborhood where he lives and works.

For further information, call the series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

* OSA Luncheon Planned for March 12

The Office Staff Association Luncheon will be held March 12, in Eykamp 252 in Ridgway University Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. Our guest speaker has changed. Jeff Chestnut, director of the UE Fitness Center, has agreed to educate the group on his the Rape Aggression Defense System. This program consists of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques for women. He will probably ask for volunteers. Dress appropriately. If you plan to attend please contact Kim Flener at kf129 or 2852. Let her know if you will be buying your lunch or bringing.

* Darwin Day Lecture Is March 14

The 15th Annual Darwin Day lecture will be held on Thursday, March 14. Professor of Philosophy Dick Connolly will give a lecture at 4:00 p.m. in Koch Center 100. Connolly’s lecture “Does Evolution Threaten Ethics?” will argue that evolution has much to contribute to the study of ethics, but that fears that somehow evolution threatens ethical values or that biology will take over moral philosophy are unfounded. The lecture should be of interest to faculty and students across disciplines.

Connolly earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  He is a broadly trained philosopher who has published articles ranging from the philosophy of religion to issues in applied ethics. Connolly has taught a broad array of courses at UE, including introduction to philosophy, philosophy of science, bioethics, and philosophy of law.

For more information contact Dale Edwards ( in the University’s Biology department.

* Lecture on Eldercare Set for March 14

Please join us in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building, on Thursday, March 14, 6:45-7:45 p.m., for "A Vision for Eldercare: The Heart of it all."

Sister Carolyn Martin, Isp, RN, MSN, NHA, of Little Sisters of the Poor and St. John's Home for the Aged, will be the featured speaker. All UE students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community and Sigma Theta Tau chapter members are invited to attend.  A dessert reception will follow the presentation.

Please RSVP by March 11 to or call 812-488-2343 and leave a message if you are planning to attend. Thank you!

* Resident Students Association Nominations Planned for March 12

As elections are approaching, RSA Executive Board nominations for the 2013-14 academic year will take place March 12 in Schroeder Residence Hall (east wing) at the RSA General Assembly meeting.  The meeting begins at 9:00 pm.  Students that have experience as a hall council executive or General Assembly representative are especially encouraged to seek nomination.  Available executive board positions include:

•         President
•         Vice President of Area Council Relations
•         Vice President of Special Events
•         Secretary
•         Treasurer

All potential candidates must be present at the RSA General Assembly meeting, unless the RSA President is notified prior to the meeting by e-mailing  Nominations prior to the meeting may be sent via e-mail to Sierra Burtis at  Any general questions regarding the nominations process or inquiries regarding specific duties/requirements can be directed to Sierra as well. 

For more information about Resident Students Association (RSA), visit  Elections for each of the above positions will take place March 25-27, 2013 via AceLink. 


Info You Should Know

* The Institute for Global Enterprise Announces the 2013-14 Recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award

The Institute for Global Enterprise has announced the 2013-14 recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award. As a UE Global Scholar, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, travel and/or research activities related to the impact of globalization on our learning environment.

Dr. James Doane, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will continue his collaboration with faculty at Mercer University for their Mercer on Mission project to Vietnam.  This project is an initiative to provide amputees with low-cost prosthetics that can be individually fitted without having to be fully customized. Amputees in developing countries cannot afford expensive customized prosthetics. To keep these individuals from going without prosthetics, the Mercer on Mission team designs and builds low cost prosthetics. The team spends three weeks during the summer in Vietnam fitting and distributing Mercer designed prosthetic legs.  This project is addressing a worldwide problem, which is particularly acute in Vietnam.  Dr. Doane will participate in this project with an eye toward the future development of a UE summer course allowing Engineering and other students to learn about designing and fitting prosthetic limbs.

Dr. Cris Hochwender, associate professor of biology, will initiate research projects at Reserva Ecológica
Bijagual (REBS).  REBS is a 286-hectare private reserve located in the Sarapiquí River watershed of the Atlantic plain in Costa Rica. His central project will center on management practices for tree plantations.  In addition, he will collaborate with the director of REBS on another research project such as the influence of leaf-cutting ants on forest restoration efforts; physiological diversity among tree species to light environment and tolerance to damage; or land use impacts on stream quality and invertebrate diversity.  These projects will allow Dr. Hochwender to greatly expand the global perspective that he brings to his ecology and environmental courses at UE. 

Dr. Alan Kaiser, associate professor of archaeology, will travel to Israel and Jordan during the coming summer to accomplish three curricular and research goals that will help him spread a greater understanding of global issues related to the Romans in the Middle East to students on the UE campus and beyond.  First, he will collaborate with the Jezreel expedition by lending his expertise in GIS techniques and Roman material culture to help interpret the artifacts and features the students will uncover, as well as to lead weekend tours of some of the local Roman sites.  Second,  he will travel around Israel and Jordan to conduct further research for his developing textbook on Roman archaeology.  Third,  he will use his findings to make the ARCH 106 (Introduction to Roman Archaeology)  course more appealing  to Middle Eastern students.

Dr. Matthew Knoester, assistant professor of education, will travel to Finland and England to enhance his understanding of the highly-rated Finnish educational system for classroom and scholarly use as well as build relationships in Finland to discuss international education issues, possibly leading to the development of a study abroad program at UE.  The world for which teachers and students in K-12 schools are preparing is increasingly interconnected and competitive. Today, a single corporation could manufacture different parts of one product in dozens of countries, market and sell to customers located around the world, and interact with customers electronically from a location distant from the corporation’s headquarters. We live in, what Thomas Friedman famously called a “Flat World.” Likewise, families and individuals from many parts of the world may relocate to find a better opportunity for their families.  Educators must recognize the global landscape in which their students live and operate and prepare them to be competitive and skillful in negotiating the challenges presented, while developing the tools necessary to build relationships with people who have different cultural understandings and ways of communicating.

Dr. Valerie Stein, associate professor of religion, will continue development of global focus in both her teaching and scholarship by examining biblical interpretation from diverse perspectives as well as by analyzing the impact of western biblical interpretation in a pluralist world. Traditionally, biblical scholarship has privileged the perspective of the Euro-American academy.   However, that perspective alone is insufficient in addressing religion's role in vital issues our global community is facing. To begin addressing this concern, she has redesigned REL  140 ( Reading the Old Testament ), a general education course, to introduce a global component  rather than only incorporating western Christian readings.  She will now also critically engage biblical interpretation from African, Asian, and Latin American perspectives as well as Jewish and Islamic ones.


* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards”.  These awards will be presented at the 20th Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  Awards are presented in the following categories:
• Student Organization Advisor of the Year
• Student Organization of the Year
• Student Leader of the Year

Over 80% of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program.  These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support.  The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 29, 2013.  Please click here to download a nomination form or stop by Room 230 in the Ridgway University Center to pick up a nomination form from the Dean of Students Office.  If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at extension 2500 or by e-mail at

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements. 

* Faculty and Administrators: It's time to make nominations for Outstanding Senior Service Awards!

Faculty and administrators are encouraged to nominate one or more seniors for the Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Awards.  One male and one female will be recognized at commencement.  There will be 10 finalists selected to attend a luncheon on May 1, 2013.  To nominate someone, please print a nomination/application form which can be found here or by contacting  Attach your signature to the bottom of the form and have the senior attach it to a summary of their contributions to the University.  Please turn nominations into the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students by Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  



* Birth Announcement - Noah Robert Birkle

OTS Manager of Infrastructure Robert Birkle and his wife Courtney announce the birth of a son, Noah Robert Birkle. Noah was born on March 6 at 1:29 p.m. and weighed eight pounds and 14 ounces and was 21 inches long.


Sympathy to...

* Dana Clayton and Family

Condolences to Dana Clayton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, whose father, Odie B. Curlee, age 75, of Newland, NC passed away Thursday, March 7 in Evansville. 

Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Monday, March 11 at the Church of the Harvest, 7825 Oak Hill Road, Evansville, IN 47725.  In keeping things "Odie" style, there will be a short and informal celebration of his life at 1:00 P.M. 

Mr. Curlee was born in Louisville, KY and after retiring from General Electric, he and his wife, lived in Vero Beach, FL before finally moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  He was a member of Zion Community Church, a Kentucky Colonel and veteran of the United States Navy. Odie enjoyed playing the guitar, woodworking, boating, fishing and hearing the laughter of his family.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ruth (Bryant) Curlee; daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Randy Clayton of Evansville; grandchildren, Nick Clayton of Indianapolis and Lindsey Clayton of Evansville.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who fondly referred to Odie as "Unc".

Preceding him in death were his parents, Hurley and Annzella (Cox) Curlee; brother, Allen Curlee of Louisville and his special furry friend, Midnight.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 323 Metro Ave, Evansville, IN 47715.

Pierre Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



* Aces Fall To Indiana State In Heartbreaker

In a wild finish between No. 4 seed Evansville and fifth-seeded Indiana State, Justin Gant hit a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining to give the Sycamores a 51-50 victory on Friday afternoon at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Down as many as ten in the second half, the Aces (18-14, 10-8 MVC) fought back to take the lead, but a late back-and-forth matchup saw the Sycamores (18-13, 9-9 MVC) hang on for the win.

“It was just a tough grind it out, physical basketball game,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said.  “I thought both teams were giving tons of effort out there; I am very proud of our team and the way they hung in there and battled back.”

Colt Ryan got UE on the board as the Aces took the early 4-0 lead.  The Sycamores bounced back to take a 5-4 lead before Troy Taylor drained his second field goal to put UE back on top in the opening five minutes.

Later, with the score tied at 12, Evansville reeled off the next four tallies to take its largest edge at 16-12, but Indiana State fought back to take their largest lead of 27-23 inside the final minute.  Devonte Brown, who finished the half with a game-high 11 points, scored five in the final 2:29 of the period.  A late bucket by Ryan sent UE into the half down by a pair at 27-25.  He finished the period with eight points while Taylor had six points and six rebounds.

Egidijus Mockevicius hit a pair of free throws to tie the score in the opening moments of the second half, but Jake Odum scored five quick points for the Sycamores as they extended their lead to six points at 37-31 inside of 15 minutes remaining.  Ned Cox ended the stretch with his first trey of the game.  Indiana State continued to roll as they hit four shots in a row en route to a seven-point lead with 12:46 remaining.

When R.J. Mahurin notched his second trey of the day to put ISU up ten, Mockevicius scored five in a row to bring the Aces back.  After he picked up his fourth foul with eight minutes remaining, it was another freshman who continued the run as D.J. Balentine knocked down back-to-back threes to cut the gap to one at 46-45 with 7:14 left.

Just over a minute later, it was Taylor posting an and-one to put UE back on top at 48-46, capping off a 14-2 run.  Indiana State rallied back as they regained a 50-48 lead with 4:32 remaining as Manny Arop hit two free throws.

Neither offense was able to do very much in the final minutes as the teams combined to finish the game making 2 out of 18 shots.  Following Balentine’s second trey, UE finished 1-of-8 while the Sycamores were just 1-10.  Balentine hit a floater with 3:04 left to tie the game up at 50 and that is where the excitement began.

All six shots the teams put up over the remainder of the contest were no good, but each squad had its opportunity to win it.  As just over a minute was shown on the clock, a pair of Colt Ryan shots were no good.  After a missed trey by ISU, the Aces had the ball back and went to the foul line with 22 ticks on the clock, but missed both attempts, giving the ball back to the Sycamores.  Just 2.5 seconds were left when Mockevicius was whistled for a foul, sending Justin Gant to the line.  He missed the first before knocking down his second attempt.

With just one more chance, the Aces put the ball in the hands of Adam Wing on the throw in.  He hit Ned Cox, who was cutting to the basket, but a layup at the buzzer fell just short giving ISU the win.

The future looks extremely bright for the Aces as their freshmen were huge in the first trip to Arch Madness. Mockevicius led everyone with 11 points while tallying seven rebounds on a 4-for-5 shooting performance.  Balentine posted a 10-point effort while tallying four caroms.  Taylor finished the outing with 9 points and a game-high 10 boards.

Devonte Brown notched 11 points to lead the Sycamores while Mahurin had 10.  ISU finished with a 35-34 edge on the boards while out-shooting UE by a 38.3%-35.7% margin.

With an 18-14 record, the Aces now await a potential postseason tournament bid.  Details of any potential tournament will be announced as soon as they are available.

* Late Rally Sends Evansville Past Drake, 70-59

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team used a late rally to snap a seven-game losing streak and post a 70-59 victory over host Drake in its regular-season Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  With their win and Missouri State’s loss to Wichita State, the Purple Aces locked up the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Senior Meagan Collins scored a season-high 20 points, going 8-for-12 from the field to lead three Evansville (9-20, 7-11 MVC) in double figures.  Fellow senior Samantha Heck fought through foul trouble to finish with 19 points and eight rebounds, while senior Taylor Ware added 10 points in the victory.  Redshirt senior Chelsea Falkenstein finished one point shy of her first career double-double with nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Drake (10-19, 5-13 MVC) led, 10-6, at the first media timeout in a contest that featured 10 ties and eight lead changes, before Heck hit a three to give the Aces their first lead at 11-10 with 14:37 to play in the first half.

Kyndal Clark answered with a three of her own on the next possession to put the Bulldogs back in front, but junior Miranda Liles was able to knot the score at 13-13 at the 12:54 mark in the opening stanza.

With 6:38 remaining in the half, freshman Laura Friday gave UE its largest lead of the opening 20 minutes at 28-20 by nailing a three from the top of the arc to force a DU timeout.

Drake responded with an 8-2 run over the next three minutes to cut Evansville’s lead to 30-28 after Stephanie Running sank a pair of free throws, and the Aces retained their slim lead, taking a 34-32 advantage into the locker room.

UE shot 48.1 percent in the first half (13-for-27) and hit four of its 13 three-point attempts, while DU connected on 45.8 percent of its field goal attempts and went 5-for-10 from long range.

Ashley Bartow tied the game for Drake with a pair of free throws on the first possession of the second half, but Heck drained two attempts from the charity stripe on Evansville’s first possession of the half to put the Aces back in front, 36-34, with 18:50 to play.

Carly Grenfell slashed through the lane for a layup to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the half, 40-39, just over four minutes into the half, but UE grabbed it right back, scoring the next three points and led 42-40 with 14:14 remaining in the game.

Both sides traded a pair of threes over the next few possessions and the game would be tied once again at 45-45, after Alyssa Marschner scored her only two points of the contest on a runner at the 11:03 mark.

Evansville slowly begin to pull away over the final seven minutes of the game, as Heck put the Aces up by two possessions, 53-49, with 6:58 left in the contest and later extended UE’s margin to 61-53 with a pair of free throws just over two minutes later.

With 2:56 to play, Falkenstein capped a 7-0 Evansville run to give the Aces a 63-53 lead and UE hit five of its six free throw opportunities in the final 1:18 of the game to seal the win.

Morgan Reid led Drake with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.  Ashley Bartow and Mary Pat Specht also finished in double figures, scoring 11 points each.

Evansville’s defense held the Bulldogs to a 29.0 percent shooting percentage in the second half (9-for-31), including a 1-for-15 mark from long range.  The Aces shot an outstanding 52.4 percent in the second half, going 11-for-21 from the field and 4-for-8 from the three-point line.

Each team hauled in 32 rebounds and UE held a slim, 22-20, on points scored inside the paint.  Drake scored 14 points off of 15 Evansville turnovers, while the Aces turned 14 Drake turnovers into 12 points.

UE will open MVC Tournament play Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., when it takes on No. 10 seed Southern Illinois.

* Softball Goes 2-0 in First Day of Tournament

The University of Evansville softball team (4-9) defeated Southeast Missouri, 8-0, before taking down Murray State, 3-1, in the first day of the UE Tournament.

Evansville’s offense caught fire on day one of tournament play as they tallied 12 hits by seven different players, eight RBI’s, and nine runs total on the day. Senior Kendall Kautz raked in three RBI’s and one home run out of her six appearances at the plate.

The Aces will wrap up their hosting duties on Sunday, March 10, when they take on teams Murray State and SEMO once more at Cooper Stadium. First pitch for Evansville will begin at 2:00 p.m. CST against opponent Murray State before they wrap up the weekend against SEMO at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Game 1: SEMO 0, UE 8
Evansville took no time at all in the bottom of the first after a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kayla Fortner drove in senior Tamara Robey for the score to put the Aces up, 1-0, on the Redhawks. Kautz hit one out of the park soon after, driving in three RBI’s and expanding Evansville’s lead to 4-0.

The Aces continued to score in the bottom of the second frame after senior #Alicia Betancur# stole home to advance the score to 5-0. A single by senior Halie Malone drove in another run, making it a 6-0 game.

After a double and an advance to third on a throwing error by sophomore Mariah Ferguson, sophomore Victoria Dellorto crossed home plate to continue driving the score up, 7-0, in the bottom of the fourth. Fortner once again knocked out a sacrifice fly to center field, advancing Ferguson to home plate and running the score up, 8-0, with the Aces taking the victory in five innings against SEMO.

Evansville pitcher Taylor Perry took the win for the Aces, pitching a complete five innings while striking out two and not allowing any runs. Perry is now 1-0 on the season.

SEMO pitcher Hannah Clemons suffered the loss for the Redhawks after pitching 2.2 innings, striking out two, and allowing four runs, making her 1-3 on the season.

Game 2: Murray State 1, UE 3
The Aces once again struck early in the first with a pair of walks by freshman Kirsten O’Conner and Malone that allowed two runs to score, making it a 2-0 game.

After a scoreless next four innings, the Racers answered back in the bottom of the sixth after a sacrifice fly to left field advanced a runner to home plate, closing in on the Aces’ lead, 2-1.

Evansville was quick to respond in the top of the seventh with a single by Fortner that resulted in a run scored by Dellorto, moving the Aces’ lead, 3-1, over the Racers.

Murray State was unable to get anything going in the bottom of the seventh frame with three straight pop-ups that allowed the Aces to take the 3-1 victory over the Racers.

Evansville pitcher Sarah Patterson took the win for the Aces, pitching a complete 7.0 innings while tallying nine strikeouts and only allowing one run. Patterson is now 3-3 on the season.

Murray State pitcher CheyAnne Gaskey suffered the loss for the Racers after pitching a complete 7.0 innings while tallying six strikeouts and allowing one run, making her 2-4 on the season.

* Aces Cannot Overcome Early Deficit in 6-3 Loss at Kennesaw State

The University of Evansville baseball team suffered a 6-3 loss to Kennesaw State Saturday afternoon in Kennesaw, Ga., as the Owls scored the first six runs of the game and staved off a late Purple Aces’ rally.

Evansville (3-9) scored all three of its runs in the seventh and was led by redshirt junior Johnny Day, who finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI.  Sophomore Kyle Pollock was the only UE player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with two singles.

Sophomore starter Kyle Freeland (2-2) went the distance for UE, allowing six runs, three earned, on 11 hits in his 8.0 innings on the mound.  Freeland tallied eight strikeouts without issuing a walk.

“This was another tough loss for us behind a strong effort from Kyle Freeland,” head coach Wes Carroll said.  “Offensively, we just aren’t clicking right now and we need to make some adjustments.  We need to get out front early in the game tomorrow and get a win to salvage the weekend and take some momentum into our home slate.”

Kennesaw State (9-6) took a 2-0 lead in the first, scoring its first run when Andy Almonte led off the inning with a single and later stole home and added the second on an RBI single from Bo Way.

The Owls hung three more runs on the board in their half of the third on four hits, including a two-run single by Way, who finished 3-for-4 with three RBI.

KSU scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth on Kal Simmons’ RBI single to left that plated Alex Liquori.

Evansville mounted its comeback in the seventh, after Kennesaw State went to the bullpen and replaced starter Kevin Kyle (2-2) with Kevin McCoy.  With one out in the inning and freshman Eric McKibban on first, fellow freshman Jonathan Ramon drove a double into the gap in right center to put runners and second and third.  Two batters, later, redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski drew a walk to load the bases and the Owls went to the bullpen once again, turning to Justin McCalvin.

Sophomore Jake Mahon drove in the Aces’ first run with a single and Day followed with a two-run single up the middle, before McCalvin ended the rally by getting Pollock to ground into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.

UE will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m., when it sends senior Kyle Lloyd (1-1, 3.18 ERA) against Kennesaw State’s Will Solomon (1-1, 4.72 ERA).

* Tennis Drops 6-1 Decision At Arkansas State

The University of Evansville women’s tennis team fell by a 6-1 final to Arkansas State on Saturday in its final non-conference match of the season.

UE got the early edge, taking the doubles point as Natasha James and Marketa Trousilova along with Emily Richardson and Gaby Fifer were victorious in their matches.  At No. 1, James and Trousilova topped Ioana Teu and Janie Nowland, 9-7. 

At third flight doubles, Richardson and Fifer picked up the 8-4 victory over Jess Heeps-Eriksen and Sofia Krsmanovic.  In the second spot, Kelsey Costales and Marina Moreno fell to Tamara Slijepcevic and Biljana Miloshevska, 8-1.

The Red Wolves were strong in singles play, picking up all six points as Slijepcevic topped James in the top flight, 6-4, 6-2.  In flight two, Nowland dealt Trousilova her first singles loss of the season, winning by finals of 7-5 and 6-4.

Miloshevska topped Moreno at flight three, 6-2, 6-4 while Teu defeated Mina Milovic, 6-3, 6-2.  In the fifth slot, Heeps-Eriksen topped Fifer, 6-0, 6-0 while Krsmanovic handed Richardson a loss in the sixth slot, 6-2, 7-5.

Evansville now has almost a month to prepare for Missouri Valley Conference play as the Aces will next be in action versus Southern Illinois on April 3.  It will mark the first of three home matches in five days for the Aces.

* Aces Place Seventh at MAC Championships

The University of Evansville men’s swimming and diving team completed their third and final day of competition this evening at the Mid-American Conference Championship at Southern Illinois University. The Aces finished seventh in scoring with a final score of 162, while Eastern Michigan University placed first with the top score of 772.

The top finish for the Aces in their third day of competition went to teammates Ashton Bishop, Ethan O’Rourke, Alex Seward and Kyle Tiemann who placed fifth with a time of 3:02.97 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Seward also notched the top individual finish for the Aces for the night, finishing eighth in the 200-yard butterfly with a final time of 1:52.33. Meanwhile, Bishop also placed sixteenth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.41.

Sophomore Matthew Newland placed sixteenth in the 1650-yard freestyle clocking in at 16:43.26. Freshman Troy Burger secured a thirteenth place win in the 200-yard butterfly with a final time of 2:05.23. Meanwhile, diver Mallet Reid placed sixteenth in scoring the 3-meter diving event with a final score of 226.95.

For full information on the championships and for full results, visit the MAC championship page at

* Women's Golf Ready For Spring Opener

A week after the men’s team got its start, the Purple Aces women’s golf squad will begin its spring this week at the Benbow Inviational in Jacksonville, Fla.

Both the men’s and women’s team for UE will be playing in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club.  Butler University is playing host to the event, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday.  Live scoring will be available at

Over the course of its fall schedule, freshman Paige Crafton was the top player for the Aces as her average of 80.82 in 11 rounds led the team.  Her low round of 74 came at Dayton while her top finish was a tie for 15th place at the Butler Invitational.

Following a tough start, Cathy Doyle got back on track and capped her fall off with a tie for third place at the Braun Intercollegiate in Boonville.  She tallied identical rounds of 77 in the home event.

In last year’s version of the Benbow Invitational, Evansville posted a finish of 11th place, led by Sydney Skiles’ 2-round score of 167.  Doyle tallied a 169 while Lauren Ellerman, a senior for UE at the time, notched a 169.

* Southern Trek Continues For Men's Golf

With the spring opener completed, the University of Evansville men’s golf team will be back in the south this week, traveling to Jacksonville, Fla. for the Don Benbow Invitational.

Both the men’s and women’s team for UE will be playing in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club.  Butler University is playing host to the event, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday.  Live scoring will be available at

The men opened the spring slate last week, taking 18th place at the Samford Intercollegiate.  Freshman Alex Turner led the way for UE as he tied for 39th place with a 227.  The Evansville native recorded the lowest round of the tournament for the Aces with a 74.

Rick Voyvodic tallied a 234 in the three rounds of play and was followed by Quinn Vilneff’s score of 240.

Last season, Evansville tied for third place in the Benbow Invitational as three players finished in the top 18.  Parker Hensley carded a 2-round score of 247 and was followed by Michael Sainz and Andrew Luo, who each posted scored of 148.  The Aces tied Wisconsin-Green Bay for third and were just 14 shots off of the winning pace set by IUPUI.

* Aces Softball Sweep in Day Two of UE Tournament

The University of Evansville softball team swept both Murray State and Southeast Missouri State in the second and final day of their tournament, moving the Aces to 6-9 on the season.

Sophomore Kayla Fortner led the Aces’ offense when she went 4-for-6 at bat and drove in five RBI’s on the day. Fortner also snagged two runs, one double, and one home run while tallying a .714 on-base percentage.

The Aces will be in action next as they hit the road for a doubleheader against Missouri Wednesday, March 13. First pitch will take place at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Game 1: Murray State 2, UE 8
Evansville got out to a huge start in the top of the first with a homer by sophomore Mariah Ferguson to lead off, quickly making it a 1-0 score. After an advance on a fielding error and a reach on a fielder’s choice, the Aces expanded the lead, 3-0, over the Racers. Senior Alicia Betancur then singled down the left field line to cap off the top of the frame, making it a 4-0 lead on Murray State.

The Racers answered back with a run of their own in the top of the second after a pair of doubles made the score, 4-1, with Evansville still in the lead.

The Aces wasted no time in the top of the third frame when Betancur homered, sending herself and sophomore Victoria Dellorto to home plate, making it a 6-1 game. Evansville continued its lead in the sixth inning with a home run by Fortner, tallying an 8-1 score.

Murray State was able to score in the bottom of the seventh frame after a home run, but fell short as the Aces took the victory, 8-2, over the Racers.

Evansville pitcher Sarah Patterson took the win for the Aces as she improved to 4-3 on the season. Patterson pitched a complete 7.0 innings while striking out six and allowing just two runs.

Murray State pitcher Shelby Kosmecki suffered the loss for the Racers as she pitched 2.1 innings and struck out two. Kosmecki allowed six runs, making her 3-6 on the season.

Game 2: SEMO 2, UE 9
Southeast Missouri State struck first in the top of the second after a reach on an error allowed the Redhawks to cross home plate, putting them up, 1-0, on the Aces.

Evansville turned it around in the bottom of the second with a pair of singles and a reach on a fielder’s choice that put the Aces up, 2-1.

The Redhawks answered back in the top of the third frame with a home run that tied the score, 2-2.

The Aces continued with their assault at the plate with a single by senior Kendall Kautz and an advance on an error by the catcher that advanced the score, 4-2. Senior Halie Malone then singled to left field and pushed the score further, 5-2, over Southeast Missouri State.

The fourth inning once again allowed Evansville to expand its lead over the Redhawks, 7-2, after a double by Fortner brought in two runs. After a single to center field by senior Tamara Robey in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Aces furthered the score, 9-2. After a scoreless sixth inning, the game was called due to rain and Evansville took the win over Southeast Missouri State, 9-2.

Evansville Pitcher Sarah Baldwin took the win for the Aces as she struck out one and allowed just one run in 5.0 innings, making her 1-2 on the season. Reliever Emily Morris saw 1.0 innings while striking out one.

Southeast Missouri State pitcher Taylor Cowan took the loss for the Redhawks, pitching 3.0 innings while striking out one and allowing three runs.


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