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Friday, April 12, 2013

* Photographer on Campus

The Office of Admission will have a photographer on campus for a photo shoot Wednesday, April 10, through Friday, April 12. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for UE publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather often can force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to be bothered either of these days, please inform Kim McDonald at ext. 2683 and the classroom will be avoided.

What's Happening Today

* Last Day to Purchase Food for Salvation Army Kitchen & Food Pantry

Today is the last day to help purchase a full skid of food the Salvation Army Food Kitchen and Food Pantry.. Make a monetary pledge at this site:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HungerPledge2013

(The first 50 pledging over $5.00 will receive a coupon for a free medium coffee drink at Jazzman’s)

All donations go directly to the Evansville Salvation Army Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen.

Thank you for your support!


 

* University Of Evansville Opens Romeo and Juliet

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre opens Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, on Friday, Apr. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre. The show will continue with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Apr.13, 18, 19, and 20, and at 2:00 p.m. on Apr. 14 and 21.

One of William Shakespeare's most popular and well-known plays, Romeo and Juliet is set in the lush Italian city of Verona. This romantic tragedy features an adolescent couple inevitably drawn to one another, despite a deep-seated family feud. Rebelling against the demands of their kinsfolk, the teenagers wed in secrecy, and the repercussions disrupt the entire city and drag others into a vortex of misunderstandings and revengeful plots. Beloved and recognizable characters combine with exquisite and memorable poetry to make this particular Shakespearean play easily accessible and always an audience favorite.

John David Lutz, the Chair of the Department of Theatre, directs the production. The scene design is by D’Vaughn Agu, a senior from Grapevine, Texas; costume design is by Maria Smith, a senior from Elberfeld, Ind.; lighting design is by Stephen Boulmetis, Assistant Professor of Lighting Design; sound design is by Sarah Stolnack, a sophomore from Seattle, Wash.; and dramaturgy by Dianne Brewer, Professor of Theatre History and Criticism.  Fight direction is by Diego Villado, currently a fight director based in New York City, he is a 2006 graduate of the University of Evansville Department of Theatre.

This show features Ryan Wesen, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., as Romeo and Julia Strange, a junior from Louisville, Ky., as Juliet. This cast also includes performances from seniors Jenna Anderson from Arlington, Texas; Craig Brauner from Louisville, Ky.; Julia Bynum from Friendswood, Texas; Lockne O’Brien from Indianapolis, Ind.; Natalie Rich from Louisville, Ky.; Ryan Rohtla from Novato, Calif.; and Ben Theobald from Louisville, Ky.; juniors Austin Lauer from Louisville, Ky.; Albert Rubio from San Antonio, Texas; Trenton Schneiders from Belton, Texas; Nicholas Selting from Laramie, Wyo.; Spencer Shain from Lenexa, Kan.; sophomores Steffan Clark from Owensboro, Ky.; Robin Coppock from Richland Wash.; Christopher Hailey from Friendswood, Texas; Aaron R. Johnson from Floyds Knobs, Ind.; Connor McIlveen from Henderson, Nev.; and Hailey Lynn Suggs from Austin, Texas; freshman Carter Caldwell from Louisville, Ky.; Dylan Crow from Danville, Ky.; Devin Fluker from Las Vegas, Nev.; DéYontè Jenkins from Portland, Tenn.; Samie Johnson from Denver, Colo.; Katelyn Kidwell from Raleigh, N.C.; Taylor Jones from Las Vegas, Nev.; Brogan Lozano from San Antonio, Texas; Maria Miller from Paducah, Ky.; Henry Ragan from Herndon, Va.; Andrew Shook from Fort Worth, Texas; and Tara Sorg from Haubstadt, Ind.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $12 for senior adults, students and UE faculty. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

* Milton Z. Tinker Memorial Concert Set for April 12

The University of Evansville Neu Chapel Society and the UE Chapter of the American Guild of Organists announce the Milton Z. Tinker Memorial Concert: Keeping the Memory Alive in the Minds of the Rising Generation to be held on Friday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel.

The concert will feature University of Evansville organ and percussion students, North High School Concert Choir, Andrea Drury, conductor;  Joshua Academy Choir, Monte Skelton, conductor; and the Signature School String Orchestra, Becky Simpkins, conductor. Jeff Lyons, chief meteorologist for 14News, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Professor Milton Z. Tinker, in whose memory the concert will be performed, came to Evansville in 1867 and worked as superintendent of music in the Evansville schools for 47 years.  A much loved and respected teacher, Tinker created a rigorous vocal music curriculum in the Evansville schools. 

With the dedication of the Evansville Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1917, the Evansville arts and education community began a weeklong festival—Fanfaronade—to raise funds to build a pipe organ as a memorial to Prof. Tinker in the new building. More than a thousand school children and their music teachers from all the city schools plus more than 25 community women’s organizations contributed their efforts to the cause.

During the Fanfaronade, the Evansville Courier proclaimed: “That the citizens of Evansville should unite in doing him honor, is but natural; that they should seek to keep his memory in the minds of the rising generation is but right.  The organ in the Coliseum, which will be known as the Tinker Memorial Organ, is but a fitting tribute [to] the man whose energy and talent have placed Evansville in the place she occupies today in the musical world.”

Two years later, the Milton Z. Tinker Memorial Organ, was dedicated on November 18, 1919, one day before the dedication of Evansville College. James Gillette, Municipal Organist, and Chair of the newly established Department of Music, played an organ concert to begin the College's opening Convocation.

The Milton Z. Tinker Memorial Concert is free and open to the public. 

* Save Our Schools, Save Our Country and Save Your Family Inaugural Hesburgh Lecture Series

How did we get to the point where so many American schools struggle and yet many kids are busier than any time since World War II? Families race to soccer practices and scouts, wait in drop-off lines and at oboe lessons, and sit through recitals, while parents wonder how this is the fulfillment of the American dream. The inaugural Hesburgh Lecture set for Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, will address those questions.

Speaker Brian Collier will trace American education since the turn of the 20th century and show what has changed and what our predecessors did really well to raise “the greatest generation.” What lessons can be learned from the schools that trained humans to go to the moon, write novels, plays, and create television programming? Collier’s engaging lecture also promises to be funny and cause everyone to go home with ideas about how to change their own family structure to ensure their kids are getting the education they need to help re-shape America.

Collier holds a Ph.D. in American Indian History and the History of Education in America from Arizona State University. He teaches for the Alliance for Catholic Education and is a fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives. His research in education is at the intersection of where families and teachers can truly partner to take back their families, their schools, and their neighborhoods.

His historical research on Native people focuses on American Indian boarding schools and their legacy in the 20th century. Collier himself was a teacher at St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe before it closed its doors in 1998, and he learned a great deal about Native people and culture from that experience. Since then, he has studied the closure of Native American Catholic schools and Catholic education more broadly. Collier has written articles and book chapters on Native Americans, the American West, teaching in the American West, race relations, gender, and the Harlem Globetrotters.  His book titled The System: Education and America is forthcoming in May. This collaborative publication was written with Notre Dame undergraduates and Notre Dame colleagues Maria McKenna and Kevin Burke.
 

Upcoming Events

* Documentary Screening: The Central Park Five

WNIN, Tri-State Public Media is hosting a free screening for the public on Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. of THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, a new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns. The film tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. 

The screening will be held at USI in Forum 1, located in the Forum Wing just off the main drive, behind the Orr Center. Transportation will be provided for UE students free of charge. Buses will leave from the Carson Center at 3:15. The documentary will play at 4:00. A panel discussion will follow. Among the panelists will be UE’s Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology and Maggie Stevenson, assistant professor of psychology.

Refreshments will be provided.

The documentary will air on PBS stations nationwide, including WNIN, two days after the screening. This link will take you to a trailer and additional information about the film: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/.

* Watch a Documentary on Modern Day Slavery on April 15

InterVarsity is presenting a documentary about modern day slavery on Monday, April 15 from 8-9 p.m. in Room162, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. This is an amazing opportunity to see what has been largely overlooked by society! There will be a short discussion afterward.

* Local Osteopath to Speak to Interested UE Pre-med Students

Dr. Terry Gehlhausen, a local osteopathic physician, will be speaking to interested students about careers in osteopathic medicine on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in KC 101.  Dr. Gehlhausen is also interested in discussing potential shadowing opportunities with interested students. This will be a great opportunity for those considering a career in medicine to get first-hand advice from a medical professional.  The event will be hosted by the UE Biological Sciences Club, and all are welcome.  Questions can be directed to Ashley Rich (ar197).

* UE African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) Annual Luncheon!

The UEAAA Annual Luncheon will be on Saturday, April 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Koch Center Atrium. The luncheon is free for all UE students!  To R.S.V.P. for the luncheon, click here: www.uealumnionline.com/UEAAAluncheon13, by Tuesday, APRIL 16,  or call 488-2586. 

The agenda will includes
1) Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship Awards,
2) Election of UEAAA Executive Board Member Officers,
3) UE Graduating Senior Pinning Ceremony,
4) And an African American Greek Panel Discussion with: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. 

All Zerah Preistly Carter Scholarship applicants must attend to receive the scholarship! 

Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or e-mail us at Alumni@evansville.edu.

 

* This Week in Music: Jazz and Woodwind Ensembles

The UE Jazz Ensemble I will perform in Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway Student Center this Sunday afternoon, April 14, at 4:00 p..m.  Under the direction of Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer, the ensemble will perform works ranging from the music of George Gershwin to works composed and arranged by student members of the ensemble.  The latter will include Lowdown Chicago by senior Music Education major Caleb Thompson and senior Music Education major Joe Luegers’s Thunderhead, as well as arrangements of rock and jazz standards by senior Music Performance major Tim Gaisser and junior Music Education major Meghan Pund.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Two small ensembles will join together for a Woodwind Ensembles concert in Wheeler Concert Hall on Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 2:30.  The Clarinet Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor and Department Chair Thomas Josenhans, and the Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Consortium Instructor Shauna Thompson, will perform a variety of works and arrangements from Mozart to the modern era, including the Clarinet Ensemble’s performance of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren’s jazz standard, “At Last,” arranged by junior Music Education major Matthew Banks.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Kantorei, the Department of Music’s chamber choir, will present a concert at Eastminster Presbyterian Church this Sunday afternoon, April 14, at 4:30. One of the four choirs at UE, this twelve-voice ensemble made up exclusively of music majors is the most select.  Under the baton of Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, the choir will perform both sacred and secular works that will include some outstanding solo singing from ensemble members. Eastminster Presbyterian Church is located at 5501 Washington Avenue, just a few blocks east of Washington Square Mall.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The Department of Music will also offer four student recitals this weekend.  Violinist Jessie Noland and violist Amanda Buell will offer a joint recital Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 1:00.  Music Performance major and soprano Jia Yu How will offer her Junior Recital in Wheeler at 4:00.  On Sunday, Music Performance major and pianist Joshua Kight will offer his Junior Recital at 1:00, and Music Therapy major and soprano Marjorie Heideman will offer her Senior Recital at 2:30.  All student recitals are free and open to the public.
 

* OSA Salad Fundraiser - April 17

The Office Staff Association’s annual salad fundraiser will be held April 17 on Ridgway University Center’s East Terrace from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ((rain location: Graves Hall Lobby)  Stop by for yummy homemade salads and treats. For $5 you get 3 scoops of the salads you choose, dessert, and a bottle of water. All money goes to the OSA scholarships for students.

* UE Alum Neil Stowe to Give Presentation on Campus

Neil Stow, a local financial advisor, will be giving a presentation titled,” Changing Times: Modern Day Risk Management for an Investment Portfolio” on April 15 at 4.00 P.M in Room 170 (Symthe Hall) in Schroder School of Business Building. Stow graciously accepted an invitation to speak to UE students from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance. The event is open to public.

Neil Stowe is associated with Ameriprise Financial.  He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®).  Neil graduated from the University of Evansville in 2002 with a BSBA and a concentration in Finance.  Neil received his Master in Business Administration in 2004.  Prior to working as a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise, Neil worked at Merrill Lynch and as a Staff Accountant with Kight Home Center.  Neil resides in Newburgh with his wife, Andrea, a graduate of UE.  They have three children.

* Chutney Student Literary Conference Planned for April 13

Please join us on Saturday, April 13 for Chutney, the annual student literary conference sponsored by the Department of English. Student Panels are planned for 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30 am in Rooms 271 and 272 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building. The Keynote Address will be given by Robert Paul Lamb at 11:30 a.m. in Room 272, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. His topic will be “Race in Huckleberry Finn”
 

* WIN $200 for Your Organization

Get your club/organization registered for Spring Buyback.  The organization that sells the most books back (in dollars) gets $200 for their funds, second place gets $100.  You must register your organization with the UE Bookstore by April 22nd so that your members get a code to record the transaction to correct group.  Buyback runs April 25 - May 1.  Prices individuals receive for their books is not affected in any manner.  This just a bonus promotion during Buyback to assist organitions.  Don't forget to register your group by the deadline.  Contact the Bookstore with any questions.

* Come to "Called...With A Purpose"!

Join The Pursuit for an incredible night of worship, the Word, and fellowship on April 14 at 6 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Learn about God's purpose for your life and how he calls you into a beautiful relationship with Him.. You don't want to miss it!

Info You Should Know

* Adoptions Due by Departments

Departments and professors are urgently reminded that adoptions for summer and fall classes are past due in the UE Bookstore.  If you have not already returned your adoptions please do so as soon as possible.  Buyback starts April 24 and we need to update our Buyback as complete as possible to ensure that students get the most money for their books they might sell back.  If you have any questions please contact Linda Howard in the Bookstore at x2032.

* Gluten-Free Students …

Please email Brittany Chidester if you are interested in being a part of a new, gluten-free group on campus! Whether you suffer from Celiac or wheat/gluten allergies, this is a great opportunity for you. Our objective is to provide a supportive network for students, to promote celiac disease and gluten-free awareness within our community and to advocate for gluten free options on campus.

Please email Brittany at bc63@evansville.edu if you are interested.
 

* Watch for UE Faculty, Students and Alumni on the local Easter Seals Telethon, April 14!

The local Easter Seals Telethon will broadcast LIVE on April 14, 12-6 p.m. Tune in to WEHT Local to see representatives from UE answering phones, presenting checks, and helping with Telethon production. Or join the audience inside the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center on Bellemeade Avenue. Outside, enjoy the E’Ville Iron Cruise-In, refreshments, games and music. You can also support the Easter Seals Rehab Center and change lives for local kids and adults with disabilities by calling in a pledge! For more information, visit www.eastersealsswindiana.com or facebook.com/EasterSealsSWIN.

* Let Crescent Magazine Know What You Think

Please take a few minutes to let the Crescent Magazine staff know what you think about this year's issues by taking their annual magazine survey. It's anonymous and all you have to do is click the link to begin. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/crescentmagazine. The staff thanks you in advance.

* Applications Now Being Accepted for Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Scholarship

Family, friends and loved ones of Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor.  In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services.  He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

Applicants must be sophomores in 2013-14 and must show demonstrated financial need on the 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student.  

International students are also encouraged to apply and should include in their essay any particular factors impacting their financial need and how the scholarship money will benefit them since international students do not have FAFSA forms on file. 

Applicants must submit the completed application and a typed statement (not to exceed one page), describing themselves, their scholastic and career goals, why they need this scholarship, and how the scholarship proceeds might be used.   

Completed applications are to be sent to the Office of Financial Aid by June 1, 2013.  Decisions will be announced by August 1, 2013.    Applications may be emailed to financialaid@evansville.edu; or JL25@evansville.edu

Congratulations

* Winners of Foreign Language Department's Photo Contest Announced

Brittany Triggs is the winner for Best Overall Photo and for Best Art Photo in the Foreign Languages Department Photo Contest.  She submitted a photo taken while studying abroad in the Dominican Republic in Spring 2012.  The winner for Best Landscape Photo taken in Austria in Summer 2012 was submitted by Melanie Bacaling; and, the winner for Best Cultural Interaction Photo taken in Morocco in Spring 2012 was submitted by Jessica Foster.  All contest photos will be displayed on the Foreign Language Department bulletin boards in Hyde Hall and Olmsted Hall and the winning photos posted on our webpage at http://www.evansville.edu/majors/foreignlanguages/news.cfm.   The Best Overall photo will be framed and displayed in the Foreign Language Office at OH 350. 

* Heidi Strobel to Speak at Reitz Home on Monday

Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, will be giving a lecture on national and local images of World War II icon Rosie the Riveter at the Reitz Home on Monday, April 15. The talk will be at 7 pm and will be followed by a reception. Admission is $5.00/non-members, $2.50/students and is free to members.

Her lecture stems from an oral history project she conducted in 2008-2009 and an encyclopedia entry on Rosie the Riveter published by Oxford University Press in American National Biography.

Strobel earned her BA degree in European History from Kalamazoo Coilege and her MA degree and PhD in European Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book, The Artistic Marriage of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818): How a Queen Promoted Both Art and Female Artists in English Society, was published in 2011.

* A Winner Chosen for Student Art Exhibit's 2013 People's Choice Award

The Annual Student Art Exhibition is over and the votes have been tallied! Thank you to everyone who visited the exhibition and cast a vote for their favorite piece of artwork. There were a record number of votes cast this year. So at this time, the Department of Art is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 People's Choice Award; D'Vaughn Agu for his plastic and wooden sculpture titled My Tree! (Piper). D'Vaughn is a senior, theatre major specializing in design & technology with a minor in art.
 

Athletics

* UE Women's Golf Ready For Indiana Invitational

Just a week after the University of Evansville men’s golf team made the trip to Bloomington, the women take their turn as they travel to the Indiana Invitational, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

The Indiana University Golf Course will play host to the event as the par will be set at 72 while the course yardage is 6,142.  Saturday’s play will see 36 holes of action that get underway at 7:30 a.m. CT while the final round of 18 will commence at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Several Midwest institutions will participate including: University of Akron, Ball State University, Bradley University, University of Dayton, Drake University, Eastern Michigan University, Illinois State University, Indiana University, University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Toledo and Valparaiso University.

Evansville is coming off of a 9th place outing at the IPFW Invitational two weeks ago.  Freshman Paige Crafton led the way as her team-low of 79 in the final round propelled her to a finish of 31st overall.  She tied teammate Cathy Doyle who also finished the event with a final total of 161.

As a team, the Purple Aces finished in 9th place on the strength of a 652.  Indianapolis was the top squad at IPFW, posting a 616.

* UE Baseball Welcomes Xavier for Weekend Series

The University of Evansville baseball team will look to end its three-game losing skid this weekend, when it welcomes former Midwestern Collegiate Conference foe Xavier to Braun Stadium for a three-game series sponsored by Jimmy John’s beginning Friday at 6 p.m.  The Purple Aces and Musketeers will continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m., before wrapping up the set with a 12 p.m. Sunday matinee.

Evansville (14-20) fell in a pair of midweek tilts to No. 12 Indiana and Murray State, as the Aces’ dropped a 10-8 decision to the Hoosiers on Tuesday, before falling, 12-6, to the Thoroughbreds Wednesday afternoon in Murray, Ky.

UE is hitting .272 on the season and have tallied 50 extra-base hits for a .336 slugging percentage.  Evansville enters the series with a .370 on-base percentage and has stolen 27 bases in 42 opportunities.  Defensively, the Aces boast a .975 fielding percentage, as they have committed just 32 errors in their 34 games this spring.

Redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarksi leads UE with a .341 batting average, .478 slugging percentage and 11 doubles.  Kaczmarski is also tied for the team lead with a pair of homers and seven stolen bases.  Senior Jason Hockemeyer boasts a .325 average and leads the squad with a .477 on-base percentage, as he has drawn a team-high 29 walks and been hit six times.  The senior outfielder has also driven in 20 runs and recorded six extra-base hits.  Senior Chris Pearson is hitting just under .300 at .294 and is second on the squad with 22 RBI.  Redshirt junior Johnny Day, who is hitting .270, is second on the team with six doubles and has driven in a team-high 25 runs.

Evansville’s pitching staff has combined for a 4.72 ERA, .286 opposing batting average and 244 strikeouts over 292.0 innings this year, and has given up 35 runs in its last three games.  Sophomore left-hander Kyle Freeland leads the staff with a 2.54 ERA and is 3-4 in his eight starts, while fanning 51 opposing hitters in his 56.2 innings of work.  Senior righty Kyle Lloyd is second on the team with a 2.68 ERA and owns a 4-2 record.  Lloyd leads the team with 59 strikeouts and has walked just 14 in 53.2 innings.  Senior southpaw Josh Biggs, who is slated to start Sunday’s contest, has made 10 appearances and two starts for the Aces.  Biggs has allowed just one earned run in his 12.1 innings on the mound for a 0.73 ERA.

Xavier (15-15), winners of nine of its last 13 games, split a pair of midweek tilts at the Joe Nuxhall Classic, falling 7-6 to Cincinnati, before rebounding with a 7-6 win over Miami (Ohio).

The Musketeers are hitting .316 as a team and slugging .420, as they have tallied 69 doubles, 10 triples and eight home runs.  XU is reaching base at a .386 clip and has swiped 31 bases in 43 tries this year.  Defensively, Xavier is fielding .960 as squad, as it has been charged with 46 defensive miscues.

Mark Elwell is hitting .373 for the Musketeers and leads the team with a .464 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases.  Joe Forney sports a .372 average with three doubles and 13 RBI in his 24 starts.  Vinny Nittoli and Patrick Paligraf have combined for 21 doubles, three triples, three homers and 51 RBI in the middle of the XU lineup.

On the mound, Xavier’s staff brings a 4.43 ERA into the weekend series.  Musketeer pitchers have combined for a .290 opposing batting average and 162 strikeouts in 260.1 innings.  Friday’s starter, Jon Richard, is 4-2 on the season with a 3.29 ERA and a team-high 43 strikeouts in his 52.0 innings on the bump.  Alex Westrick, who is scheduled to start Saturday, boasts a 2.25 ERA and 3-3 record, striking out 25 over 48.0 innings.  Tyler Koors will get the ball in Sunday’s series finale and sports a 3-3 record, 4.70 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his 46.0 innings of work.

Evansville leads the all-time series with Xavier, 26-11, but the two teams have not met since 1994, when they were both members of the MCC.  The Musketeers swept the Aces in Cincinnati, winning 5-3 and 4-3.

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