University of Evansville

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Info You Should Know

* Attention UE Cardholders

The May Pcard Cycle started 4/23/13 and ends on 5/21/13.   Cycle statements may be ran and printed on 5/23/13.  The GL upload will occur on 5/28/13.  At the time of GL Upload, cardholders will no longer be able to modify transaction details for the May Cycle.

* Join UE's Midwest Dragon Boat Team!

Come join TEAM UE as we attempt to defend our Gold bracket title in the Midwest Dragon Boat Race on June 1. This is a fun, exciting event that anyone can participate in (students, faculty, or staff). To sign up or for more information please  contact  Angie Stauber  ext 2622 or email as547 to be a team member.

Congratulations

* Timothy Kantor Will Be Featured on Performance Today

Violinist Timothy Kantor, artist-in-residence at UE and member of the Eykamp String Quartet, will be featured this week on American Public Radio’s nationally aired program Performance Today as Young Artist in Residence. Kantor is also concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and a founding member of the Larchmere String Quartet.  Listen on-line at http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/ or this week on WKYU (performance today airs weekdays at 8 p.m. C.T. (9 p.m. on Mondays).

Athletics

* UE Baseball Opens MVC Tournament Against Missouri State

After an impressive 16-0 win in its regular-season finale, the University of Evansville baseball team will look to build on that momentum, when it opens the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.  The No. 5 seed Purple Aces will meet No. 4 seed Missouri State at 4 p.m.

Evansville (22-32, 10-10 MVC) enters the MVC Tournament having won six of its last 10 games, including Wednesday’s 16-run effort at SIUE.  In that contest, the Aces’ offense hit four homers, while the UE pitching staff limited the Cougars to just two hits and three base runners.  Redshirt sophomore Kyle Pollock homered twice and drove in six runs, redshirt junior Johnny Day and freshman Shain Showers each tallied three RBI, and senior Josh Biggs improved to 2-2 on the mound by allowing just one hit and striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work.

UE enters the MVC Tournament hitting .266 as a team with 62 doubles, 12 triples and 20 homers for a .350 slugging percentage.  The Aces have reached base at a .361 clip this season and have swiped 47 bases in 68 attempts.  Defensively, UE is fielding .970 as a squad and has committed 61 errors in 54 games this season.

Redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski leads the Evansville offense with a .346 batting average, .502 slugging percentage, 13 doubles, five home runs and 15 stolen bases.  Kaczmarski enters the MVC Tournament on 32-game on-base streak and has tallied multiple hits in 20 games this season.  Senior Jason Hockemeyer bolsters the Aces lineup with a .311 average, 29 RBI and a team-best .439 on-base percentage.  Fellow senior Chris Pearson is also hitting over .300 for UE, as he boasts a .304 batting average with a team-high 32 RBI to go with four homers.

On the mound, Evansville pitchers have combined for a 4.66 ERA, .280 opposing batting average and 390 strikeouts over 463.1 innings.  Senior Kyle Lloyd leads the Aces’ staff with a 7-3 record and 2.74 ERA.  Lloyd is slated to get the start in UE’s MVC Tournament opener and ranks second in in the Valley and 14th in the nation with 94 strikeouts in his 85.1 innings of work.  Sophomore Kyle Freeland has posted a 3-8 record with a 4.59 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 84.1 innings this spring, while Biggs has earned wins in his last two outs and enters the MVC Tournament with a 2-2 record, 2.49 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 43.1 innings on the mound.  Senior Jake Naumann leads UE’s bullpen with eight saves and a 1.25 ERA, and surrendered just one earned run in 10 MVC appearances.

Missouri State (30-21, 12-9 MVC) finished its regular season last weekend at Creighton and dropped two of three games to the Bluejays.  CU defeated the Bears, 4-3, in the opener, before MSU rebounded for a 3-2 victory in game two, only to fall to the Jays, 6-3, in Sunday’s rubber match.  Missouri State won just three of its final 12 games of the season, but did defeat Evansville in two of three games in a Valley series earlier this season (April 26-28).

The Bears are hitting .271 as a team with 90 doubles, nine triples and 13 homers for a .355 slugging percentage.  MSU owns a .363 on-base percentage and is 31-for-45 in the stolen base column.  Missouri State has made 54 errors in 51 games this season for a .973 fielding percentage.

Tate Matheny leads the Bears with a .342 batting average, .470 slugging percentage and four home runs this season.  Matheny has also legged out 14 doubles, but has fanned 44 times around just 21 walks for a .399 on-base percentage.  Eric Cheray is hitting .306 for MSU with a team-leading .458 on-base percentage and 16 RBI.  Luke Voit leads Missouri State with 29 RBI and eight stolen bases, and has posted a .296 average this season, while Keenen Maddox leas the Bears with 16 doubles and brings a .293 average into Tuesday’s MVC Tournament opener.

On the mound, MSU pitchers have combined for a league-best 3.10 ERA, .242 opposing batting average and 407 strikeouts over 459.0 frames this season.  MVC Pitcher of the Year candidate Nick Petree leads the staff with a stellar 1.63 ERA and an 8-1 record.  Petree leads the MVC and ranks seventh nationally with 107 strikeouts and has issued just 18 walks in 94.0 innings this season.  Jonathan Harris has also posted an 8-1 record on the hill for the Bears this spring and enters the MVC Tournament with a 3.53 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 74.0 frames.  Andy Cheray is 1-4 with a 2.89 ERA in his nine starts.  Grant Gordon has tallied a team-high four saves and 24 appearances for MSU, and has posted a 3.72 ERA.

Missouri State leads the all-time series with Evansville, 44-36, and captured the regular-season series against the Aces by winning two of three games.  The Bears won the opener, 9-5, before UE was able to win the second game of the series, 2-1.  MSU went on to win the rubber match, 2-1.  Evansville is 6-5 against Missouri State in postseason meetings and has won the last four meetings with the Bears in the MVC Tournament.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP (UE STARTER LISTED FIRST)
TUESDAY – Kyle Lloyd (Sr., RHP, 7-3, 2.74 ERA) vs. Nick Petree (RJr., RHP, 8-1, 1.63 ERA)

* Kaczmarski Highlights Five All-MVC Selections

Five University of Evansville baseball players were named to All-Missouri Valley Conference squads in an announcement made by the league office Monday afternoon.  Redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski represented the Purple Aces on the All-MVC First Team.

Kaczmarski led Evansville (22-32, 10-10 MVC) with a .346 batting average, .502 slugging percentage, 13 doubles, five home runs, 45 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.  Kaczmarski ranked fifth in the Valley in batting average and runs scored, tied for fifth in stolen bases, sixth in home runs and seventh in slugging percentage.  The redshirt sophomore outfielder is currently on a 32-game on-base streak and put together a 39-game on-base streak earlier this year that dated back to the 2012 season.  The Cary, Ill., native has tallied 20 multi-hit games this season and driven in multiple runs on nine occasions.

Seniors Kyle Lloyd, Jake Naumann and Chris Pearson all earned spots on the All-MVC Second Team, while fellow senior Jason Hockemeyer was named an All-MVC Honorable Mention.

Lloyd led UE’s pitching staff with a 7-3 record and 2.74 ERA this spring and held opposing hitters to a .225 average.  The senior right-hander racked up 94 strikeouts this season to rank second in the MVC and 14th nationally.  Lloyd tossed two complete games this season and worked a team-high 85.1 innings.  The Carmel, Ind., allowed more than four runs in only one of his 13 starts this season and struck out eight or more six times.  In conference games, Lloyd was 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA.

Naumann piloted the Evansville bullpen by posting eight saves and a 1.25 ERA in his 20 relief appearances.  The senior right-hander’s eight saves ranked third in the Valley and tied him for the eighth-most on the Aces’ single-season list.  The Naperville, Ill., native allowed just one earned run in MVC contests this season, while racking up four saves in league play.  On the season, Naumann held opposing hitters to a .195 batting average and surrendered just three extra-base hits in 21.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Pearson had a career year for the Aces, as the senior backstop hit .304 this season with seven doubles, four homers and a team-high 32 RBI.  The Greenwood, Ind., native also stole two bases in as many attempts and committed just three errors from his spot behind the plate for a .992 fielding percentage.  Pearson drove in multiple RBI nine times this season in addition to putting together a 15-game hitting streak.

Hockemeyer hit .311 for the Aces this season, tallying eight doubles, three triples, a home run and 29 RBI.  The senior outfielder led UE with a .439 on-base percentage, as he coaxed a team-high 37 walks and was hit by a pitch eight times.  Hockemeyer also stole 11 bases in 14 attempts and scored 43 runs.  In league play, the Sanford, Mich., native hit .293 with three doubles, a homer, nine RBI and a team-high six stolen bases.

Fifth-seeded Evansville will open MVC Tournament play Tuesday at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill., at 4:00 p.m. against No. 4 seed Missouri State. 

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