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Thursday, March 19, 2015

* Purple Friday Visit Day Tomorrow!

Admissions is hosting Purple Friday visit day tomorrow, March 20. Please welcome visiting students and their parents to UE as they tour our campus and have lunch in the dining hall.  Be sure to wear Purple to show our school spirit!

What's Happening Today

* UELA Collecting Donations for Ozanam Family Shelter

Did you know that Vanderburgh County has the highest percentage of homeless per county capita in Indiana?

Today through Friday, the UE Leadership Academy will be collecting donations (personal care items as well as monetary donations) in Ridgway to help support the Ozanam Family Shelter. Ozanam plays a critical role in the Evansville community to help young homeless families get back on their feet. Please help support this great cause and don't forget to stop by our tables to find out more about our project!
 

* Relay for Life!

Colleges Against Cancer will have a table in Ridgway with information about Relay For Life this Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to sign up their Relay Teams, as well as purchase a "foot" to hang up at the event or a Luminaria Bag in memory or honor of someone who has battled cancer. Each foot is $1 and each Luminaria Bag is $5. With supporters like you, the end to many kinds of cancer comes closer each year. Your donations and participation save lives of people you know, as well as people you have yet to encounter. Please consider stopping by our table to learn, help raise awareness, and directly support a future without these horrible illnesses. 

Upcoming Events

* This Weekend in Music: Music Education Workshop and Jazz Guest Artist Concert

The Department of Music will host a music education workshop in Carson Center’s Small Gym this Saturday morning, March 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The title for the event is “Let’s Create-Orff Workshop,” with Orff being the German composer and music educator Carl Orff (1895-1982) who developed a method of teaching music to children that emphasizes rhythmic activities and movement. Leading the workshop will be Karen Mercer, an elementary music educator from Sewell, New Jersey. Registration for the workshop is at the door, and the cost is $15 for professionals and $10 for UE alumni. Students may attend without charge. For more information, see http://www.evansville.edu/majors/music/letscreate.cfm.

Pianist Stephanie Trick, an internationally-recognized master of traditional jazz piano styles, will be featured in the next Jazz Guest Artist Series concert. Co-sponsored by the UE Department of Music and the Evansville Jazz Society, the concert will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday, March 22, at 4:00 p.m.

Stephanie is widely recognized as today’s most outstanding proponent of the jazz piano styles known as Harlem stride and boogie-woogie. A classically trained pianist, Stephanie discovered piano jazz while still in high school. She has thoroughly incorporated the swinging piano styles of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Fats Waller and Meade Lux Lewis. She has performed throughout the USA and Europe, and her exciting performances entertain and engage her audiences with prodigious and amazingly accurate technique. She has recorded seven albums and one DVD. Her “Live” CD was awarded the “New Talent Prize of 2011” by the Hot Club of France.

Admission to the concert is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Jazz Society members and $5.00 for students with I.D. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 488-2754, or at the door.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Edwin Lacy
812/488-2227
EL2@evansville.edu
 

* UELA Hacienda Give Back Night!

The UE Leadership Academy will be hosting a Hacienda Give Back at the Green River Road location on Monday, March 23, to help support the Ozanam Family Shelter!

Don't feel like dining in? No problem! 20% of any and all purchases between 10:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. will come back to UELA when you present this token!

We hope you will come out and help support a great cause! 

* #readingseries this Friday

Please join the fun folks in Creative Writing this Friday, March 20, at 4 pm at The Slice for the Spring semester’s second #readingseries. This reading will feature fiction from Olivia Tooker, nonfiction from Millie Harlow, and poetry from Sara Pfleiderer. The reading will start promptly at 4 p.m., so if you’re looking to enjoy some delicious pizza while you’re there, please arrive early as The Slice can be charmingly slow. Hope to see you all there supporting our terrific writing majors! 

* SAA's Purple Friday Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, March 20, is Student Alumni Ambassador's Purple Friday Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs will be placed within the first floor of the academic buildings as well as in Ridgway University Center. Keep a look out for a colorful plastic egg throughout the day on Friday, and enjoy a sweet treat on behalf of SAA. Remember that every Friday is Purple Friday, and you never know when we'll be passing out goodies to those wearing purple! Happy hunting! 

* EXSS Career Forum

The EXSS Club and Career Development are putting on the annual EXSS Career Forum Wednesday, March 25. The forum will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Panelists from different organizations in our area will come to share their experiences. This event will be a great opportunity for anyone who would like to make acquaintance with local health care professionals. Students are expected to RSVP as soon as possible by accessing the GoogleDoc (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ISIlymQJxKDIfJ1lXBS1UX4_uXBU8-IcfK6zdFBWFfg/edit?usp=sharing) or by emailing Taylor Donaldson at td100@evansville.edu. Attendees are asked to dress business-casual. All EXSS students are advised to attend. 

* Summer and Part-Time Job Fair

Need a part-time job for the summer or beyond? Drop by and meet with area employers at the Summer and Part-Time Job Fair!

Wednesday, March 25
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
East Terrace (outside Ridgway University Center)

- Professional attire is not required (just stop by)
- Bring many copies of your resume

Schedule an appointment with Center for Career Development to prepare for the fair and perfect your resume! Call (488-1083) or email (career@evansville.edu).
 

* William R. Connolly to Speak at UE Lecture Series Renamed in his Honor

University of Evansville emeritus professor of philosophy William R. (Dick) Connolly will be the speaker at the University’s inaugural William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

This event, previously known as the Annual Ethics Lecture, was renamed this year in Connolly’s honor. He has been a key figure in the inauguration and support of the Ethics Lecture Series, which began in 2010. In addition to renaming the lecture, a special fund has been created to support the series and the ethics program.

Connolly, who earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, is a broadly trained philosopher. While at UE, Connolly was a sought after teacher and lecturer who taught a variety of philosophy and ethics courses, including philosophy of science, bioethics, environmental ethics, ancient Greek philosophy, modern philosophy and philosophy of law.

The topic of Connolly’s lecture will be “Thomas Paine: The Making of a Neglected American Founder.” He will explain how the ideas of Paine, whose pamphlet Common Sense helped inspire the American Revolution, influence current political debate on such issues as Social Security, organized labor and religious freedom. While Paine died in obscurity, it could be said that his moral and political ideals shape modern America in ways that far surpass the influence of more renowned American founders.

Though he came to America as an adult, Paine was born in England in 1737 and served as an excise officer near Harlaxton College in the town of Grantham, England. Today, plaques in the town acknowledge him and his political contributions.    

For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy and Religion at 812-488-2165.

* SAMS Career Colloquium on Monday, March 23

Next Monday, March 23, is the next installment in the SAMS career series. We will be meeting from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in KC 102.

This time, we will be bringing together recent alumni and almost-alumni for a panel discussion on Graduate and Professional Studies. The panelists will discuss their choices to attend graduate or professional school, the application process, and their post-graduate educational experiences.

Confirmed panelists include Cody Baker (Mathematics '15, graduate school), Josh Manghelli (Biology '09, medical school), Mallory Williams (Biology '11, medical school), Elaine Durchholz (Biology '11, laboratory medicine), and Zuzana Kocsisova (Biology '13, graduate school)

The SAMS career colloquium series is designed to highlight the variety of available job opportunities for anyone interested in a science or math career. All are welcome.

This series is sponsored by the NSF-supported SAMS program, the Center for Career Development, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Please contact js383 or as341 with any questions. 

* International Club Road Trip

It's time for the annual International Club Road Trip. This year we will be traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio. The trip will be from March 27 to 29. The cost is 40 dollars, it includes transportation, lodging, breakfast, ticket to the zoo, ticket to theater or Hockey game. This event is open to all UE students. 

* International Club - Origami Fun Hangout

On Friday, March 20, from 6 - 8 pm in the Moore Hall lobby, the International Club's Japanese members will be teaching the creative art of folding Origami paper into beautiful shapes. Come meet new people, learn something new and have fun with us. All are welcome! 

* Staff Appreciation Dinner

Each staff employee and their guest are invited to attend the Staff Appreciation Dinner at the Log Inn on Wednesday, April 22. The social hour (cash bar and appetizers) begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please join Dr. Kazee in the presentation of staff service awards and for the presentation of the Staff Employee of The Year Award.

Invitations will be sent to staff employees via UE campus mail during the first week of April. Please contact Human Resources at extension 2943 if you have any questions.
 

* Spanish Film Club to Show Movies about Women's Stories

Join us every Friday evening in March and April at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch Spanish-language movies that show the role of women in Hispanic culture. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti (fp21@evansville.edu) or Dr. Lorena Andueza (pa55@evansville.edu 

* Busy Person's Retreat

The Newman Club is hosting a Busy Person's Retreat during Holy Week 2015. It begins 4-5 pm, on Sunday, March 29, with dinner and an introduction of spiritual directors at the Newman Center. After that all participants will schedule to MEET INDIVIDUALLY AT THEIR CONVENIENCE with a spiritual director for 30 minutes a day for the next 3 days! What a concept! This opportunity is for students, faculty and staff. Call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610 for additional information!

Info You Should Know

* Looking for an opportunity to raise money for your organization (and help the environment)?

The City of Evansville is holding a Rain Barrel Program. Fill out an application and pick up a free rain barrel from 9:00 AM to Noon this Saturday, March 21, at Mesker Park Zoo at the Bement Avenue Entrance. Return the decorated barrel on April 3. A silent auction will be held on Sunday April 18, and any money bid on your organization’s rain barrel goes to your organization. Find the link for an application and program information on UE’s new Environmental Management page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Evansville-Department-of-Environmental-Management/336316706575810?ref=hl

* Deadline for Zerah Priestly Carter - March 20!

This is a reminder that the deadline for the 2015 Zerah Priestly Carter '38 University of Evansville African American Scholarship is approaching!

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION
At: http://www.evansville.edu/alumni/ueaaaCarter.cfm

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS March 20, 2015!

Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations with any questions at 812-488-2586

* Help the #FeedTheirLegacy Food Drive

The Muslim Students' Association is asking the UE community to help them collect food for a national food drive.

On February 10, three innocent Muslim students, Deah, Yusor, and Razan, were murdered in North Carolina. Since February 13, a national food drive has been set up to honor the victims.

Why a food drive you ask? These three beautiful souls lived to serve others. Deah's last post on Facebook, before they were killed, showed him feeding the homeless people in North Carolina. We feed their legacy by feeding those in need.

Cans and money are being collected nationwide and the mosque in the Tri-State area is participating in this charity. All cans will be donated to Tri-State Food Bank here locally. All money will be used to purchase cans.

Over 48,000 cans have been collected. You can see the food drive in action on this site: http://www.feedtheirlegacy.com/

To donate cans or money, please contact the president of UE's Muslim Students Association Kareem El-Khodary at ke94@evansville.edu. 

* Vote for People's Choice Award in Student Art Exhibition

Stop by the Melvin Peterson Gallery to view the 53nd annual Student Art Exhibition and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Each visitor may cast one vote for his or her favorite piece of artwork. The student whose piece earns the most votes by the end of the exhibition on Friday, April 3, will be declared the winner and receive a $150 cash award.
The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open noon-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and noon-6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

* Now Accepting Global Scholar Applications for 2015-2016

The Global Scholars Program is designed to offer support for faculty engaged in scholarship or curriculum development that helps prepare our students and community (public, private and civic sector partners) for global leadership, citizenry, and success. It is expected that the Global Scholars’ activities will have a positive impact on the global mindset of some of our constituencies, including students, faculty, and the greater Evansville community. The Global Scholars Program is supported and administered by the Institute for Global Enterprise and is made possible in part by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund.

Current funding will support two awards per year. Awards include a stipend of $2,000 and a professional development budget of up to $3,000. Appropriate uses of funding include airfare, accommodations, ground transportation, research materials, and conference fees.

The deadline for full consideration is April 30, 2015. Click here for more details.

* Vehicle Rental Insurance?

The Travel website on AceLink at https://acelink.evansville.edu/Areas/Travel/ has a new information link called "Vehicle Rental Insurance?" This new link of information is designed to assist those planning to drive a rental vehicle on UE related business by providing a quick guide to determine when vehicle rental insurance should or should not be purchased from a rental vehicle agency. For questions contact, Kim Winsett at extension 2940 or kw83. 

* Free HIV Testing

The Health Center will be having free and confidential HIV testing on March 20 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Please call 812-488-2033 to make your appointment. 

* New Starbucks Vending Machine

Starbucks MachineA Starbucks vending machine has been installed in the east vending area in Hyde Hall (lower level). This glass front machine holds 16 different Starbucks flavors (Iced Coffee, Refreshers, D/S (Double Shot), D/S with protein and other Starbuck flavors) for your enjoyment from $2.00 to $3.00 each. Stop by sometime and see which flavors look good to you! 

Congratulations

* Creative Writing Professor Publishes New Book

Creative Writing Professor Margaret McMullan’s collection of stories Aftermath Lounge has just been released and is now available from Calyspo Editions.

Advance Praise for Aftermath Lounge:
“How strange, that the best apocalyptic fiction of the year should come to us, not borne on the maelstrom of nuclear fire or horrific epidemic, but rather in this series of beautifully crafted and masterfully interwoven literary stories. In Aftermath, our humanity is not simply swept away by the fury and chaos of Katrina; rather, it is tested, sometimes broken, sometimes intensified, and ultimately renewed by the deluge. A hopeful Book of Revelation.” —Pinckney Benedict, Miracle Boy and Other Stories!

“I love these stories. They’re so smart, beautiful, true—and so real—that they seemed like part of my own history. I felt homesick in the best way, flooded with a kind of saddened joy. They snuffed the gimlet-eyed adult and brought to life again, for a while, the wondrous child.” —Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

“Aftermath Lounge is a beautiful, compelling collection, the emotions as powerfully charged as the winds of a hurricane. Margaret McMullan writes movingly about those living in and pulling themselves out of destruction and chaos and loss to salvage all they can of love and redemption. From the voices of orphaned children to the least likely man to don a Santa Claus suit, there are moments of devastation, comic relief and grace.” —Jill McCorkle, Life After Life

“I like these new stories so much it’s hard to know where to start. But a good place to begin would be...well, Place. She brings it to life like few writers can. You can almost feel the heavy air on your skin. As for her characters, they’re three dimensional people who are so real, you feel like they’re in the room with you. She’s got a great ear, a fine eye, and something else that you can’t buy—namely, a very large heart.” —Steve Yarbrough, The Realm of Last Chances

“In Aftermath Lounge each short story, like a homing pigeon, returns to the Gulf Coast to explore how its people struggle with the ghost of Hurricane Katrina. With riveting prose, Margaret McMullan tracks the weblike connections of family and friends haunted by the storm from Pass Christian, Mississippi, to Chicago." —William Ferris, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists

McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels including In My Mother's House (St. Martin's Press), and Sources of Light (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She received an NEA Fellowship in literature for Aftermath Lounge. She currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing. 

* Cirino co-authors book about Hemingway's childhood

Mark Cirino, associate professor of English, has co-authored a book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Oak Park Archive, which will be published next year by Kent State University Press. This book, written with journalist Robert K. Elder, investigates the materials of Hemingway's childhood, particularly the relics of Hemingway's childhood home and the Hemingway Museum in Oak Park, Illinois. 

Athletics

* Aces Soccer Spring Break Camp / Employee Discount

Are you still looking for an activity for your kids over Spring Break? Aces Soccer Camp still has spots available for our Spring Break Camp and we are offering a discount for UE employees. For more information contact the soccer office at 2294. 

* The Coach's Box Airs on Thursday at 5 PM on WUEV

The Coach’s Box radio show with University of Evansville baseball head coach Wes Carroll airs this Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. on WUEV 91.5 FM.

The show will feature Coach Carroll, WUEV General Manager Tom Benson, Director of Marketing and Event Management Dustin Hall, and Assistant Sports Information Director/Baseball contact Mike Radomski.

The group will discuss the team’s series last weekend at Ohio State, the 15-2 victory over Murray State on Wednesday, and the upcoming weekend home series against #18 Dallas Baptist.

The series opener will be Friday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. The set continues on Saturday, March 21 with a 2:00 start and concludes on Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. All games will be held at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

The program airs live on WUEV 91.5 FM and online at http://www.evansville.edu/wuev/

* UE Baseball Hosts Home Series This Weekend vs. #18 Dallas Baptist

The University of Evansville baseball team (8-8) starts Missouri Valley Conference play with a three-game weekend series against #18 Dallas Baptist Patriots (ranking according to Baseball America).

The series opener will be Friday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. The set continues on Saturday, March 21 with a 2:00 start and concludes on Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. All games will be held at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

PITCHING MATCHUP
Friday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m.
UE RHP Connor Strain (1-1, 5.32 ERA) vs. DBU RHP Joseph Shaw (3-0, 1.77)

Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m.
UE RHP Patrick Schnieders (1-2, 3.45) vs. DBU RHP Cory Taylor (2-1, 4.50)

Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.
UE LHP Brodie Harkness (2-1, 5.40) vs. DBU RHP Trevor Conn (2-0, 1.00)

HOW CAN I FOLLOW ALONG?
All three games will be broadcasted on radio at WUEV 91.5 FM and online at WUEV.org.

Video of the entire series will be available online through AcesTV.

The contests will all have live stats provided at GoPurpleAces.com .

Fans can also follow the Aces progress on twitter. Updates will be posted on the @UEAthletics account.

LAST TIME OUT
The Aces tied a season-high in hits during a 15-2 victory against the visiting Murray State Racers (6-15) on Wednesday night. After playing 15 consecutive road games to begin the season, the Aces had eight starters tally at least one hit each in the victory. Both outfielder Josh Jyawook and first baseman Eric McKibban finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski also notched two hits including his 14th career triple, tied for third most in program history. Starting pitcher Ryan Billo (1-1) threw a season-high 6.0 innings, yielding one run on three hits.

DALLAS BAPTIST BREAKDOWN
Dallas Baptist (16-2) began the season with six consecutive wins before suffering back to back losses. Since then, the Patriots have won 10 straight games entering this series. The team is ranked 18th by Baseball America and 24th according to the NCBWA. This is their second season in the Missouri Valley Conference.

THE SERIES
The Patriots lead the all-time series 5-4 with Evansville. UE won two of three games from Dallas Baptist last season in Texas including a mercy-rule shortened 13-1 victory on April 19, 2014. The Aces won two of three from the Patriots in 2010 in the last series between the teams at Braun Stadium.

UE STATISTICALLY
Statistically, Evansville is led offensively by outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski who is hitting .441 this season. Infielder Jonathan Ramon has a team-best three home runs. Outfielder Josh Jyawook and first baseman Eric McKibban each have a team-high 19 hits this season. Three UE relievers have an ERA under 4.00 as six pitchers have at least one win this season. The team is cumulatively hitting .259 this season with a 4.28 team ERA.

DBU STATISTICALLY
The Patriots have six players batting over .300 including a team-best .367 average by outfielder Justin Wall. Outfielder David Martinelli leads all Dallas Baptist hitters with four home runs. Infielder Trooper Reynolds has a team-high 19 runs batted in this year including nine in an MVC Player of the Week winning stretch. The Patriots have four relievers with a sub-3.00 ERA. The team is batting .309 and hold a 2.57 ERA.
 

* Purple Aces Match Season High in Hits with 15-2 Win

The University of Evansville baseball team (8-8) tied a season-high in hits during a 15-2 victory against the visiting Murray State Racers (6-15) on Wednesday night. After playing 15 consecutive road games to begin the season, the Aces had eight starters tally at least one hit each in the victory.

“It was great to be back home at Braun Stadium,” said Evansville head coach Wes Carroll. “It was good to come out here, get our first win and get our offense going.”

Both outfielder Josh Jyawook and first baseman Eric McKibban finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski also notched two hits including his 14th career triple, tied for third most in program history.

UE was down 1-0 after the top of the third but rallied to score the next nine runs of the game.

The Aces plated two runs in the third, tying and taking the lead on a two-run single from Jyawook. Next, Evansville scored seven runs in the fourth as the team sent 13 total hitters to the plate. Outfielder Jarod Perry, Kaczmarski, McKibban, and catcher Billy Lipari each had run producing hits in the inning as Evansville leapt ahead 9-1.

The lead was more than enough for starting pitcher Ryan Billo (1-1), who pitched a season-high 6.0 innings, yielding just one run on three hits for his first victory of the season. The right-hander retired five batters in a row on two separate occasions.

After Murray State scored a run in the seventh, UE ended the night with a six-run eighth inning. Infielder Tyler Sullivan recorded his first career-hit, an RBI single, in the frame.

The 13 run win ties the largest margin of victory for the Aces this season (16-3 win at UALR on Feb. 14).

Perry was hit by two more pitches on Wednesday, adding to his nation-leading total of 14 this year.

UE begins the Missouri Valley Conference portion of their schedule this weekend when #18 Dallas Baptist visits Evansville (Baseball America).

“Going into Valley play, it is important that our pitchers come out and give us a chance this weekend. They did a good job today,” added Carroll. “I am really excited for our club on Friday night under the lights…hopefully we can get off to a good start in the Valley.”

First pitch on Friday, March 20 is set for 6:00 p.m. The contest on Saturday, March 21 will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the series finale on Sunday, March 22 is 1:00 p.m. All three games will be held at Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
 

* Aces win 20th game to advance in CIT

D.J. Balentine started the game by hitting his first nine shots before finishing with a season-high of 35 as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team defeated IPFW by a final of 82-77 to advance to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

With the win, Evansville will head to Eastern Illinois to face the Panthers on Monday at 7 p.m. in Charleston, Ill.

“It is a good win over a quality team and to get 20 wins is great for our players and program,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “We talked about it in the preseason, it is fortunate that we earned this opportunity. I am happy for our players, they put the time and effort into it. Twenty wins is something that is not easy to do. Our goal is to be even better and we are going to do everything we can to survive and advance.”

Simmons was also proud of Balentine and the rest of the team.

"He got in a great rhythm and in a lot of different ways - on the break, in our offense, against a zone and in a half-court offense,” Simmons explained. “He was really in a zone and his teammates did a good job of recognizing when he was open."

Balentine finished hitting 12 out of 18 attempts to post his season-high. He was 6/9 from outside and hit five free throws. Egidijus Mockevicius played just 21 minutes, but that was enough to register his 18th double-double of the season. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

As a team, the Purple Aces (20-12) shot 50% for the game while holding IPFW (16-15) to 46.6%. UE also outrebounded the Mastodons by a 39-30 tally.

Each team came into the contest with layoffs of 10 days or more, but that did not show one bit on the offensive side. Evansville opened up the game hitting six of its first eight shots on its way to a 13-8 lead. D.J. Balentine had 9 of them while hitting his first four shots in the run.

IPFW also started off strong, going 4-for-6 to start the game while knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. They tied the game up at 13-13 four minutes in as Joe Reed scored off of a steal.

Despite that rally, Balentine took matters into his own hands. His early run turned into a perfect 9-for-9 start with 22 points. That also included a 4-4 start from outside, the last one gave UE a 30-17 lead with 9:01 remaining in the first half. With under five minutes left in the stanza, Duane Gibson took it coast-to-coast to give UE its largest lead of the half at 36-20.

Following his bucket, the defenses of each team took over. Evansville hit one out of seven shots over a stretch while IPFW was 1-10. The Mastodons would cut the deficit to 11 with just over a minute left, but a 5-0 run to complete the half saw UE take a 43-27 lead into the locker room, matching its largest advantage. Blake Simmons capped off the half with a triple to make it a 16-point lead.

Balentine led everyone with 23 points as the break while Egidijus Mockevicius notched six. The Aces shot 58.1% in the period while holding IPFW to 35.7%.

Out of the break, Evansville looked to have the upper hand, going on a 9-2 run to take its largest lead of the day at 52-29. It was Balentine finishing the run once again with his fifth trey. Adam Wing also played a large role in the run, scoring four in a row with one coming on a great put back.

Isaiah McCray hit three 3-pointers in as part of a 9- stretch as the Mastodons cut the gap to 15 at 56-41 with just over 13 minutes remaining. Over the next four minutes, the Aces were able to add to the edge and held a 65-48 lead with 9:19.

Over the next eight minutes, IPFW made a huge rally, outscoring Evansville by a 24-11 margin to get within four points with just over a minute remaining. At one point, the Mastodons hit seven shots in a row.

Despite the rally, the Aces held strong. Four points in a row by Balentine saw UE extend its lead to eight at 80-72. IPFW responded with five in a row to get within three inside the final 10 seconds, but two more Balentine free throws clinched the win.

Adam Wing and Blake Simmons had strong games for UE. Wing totaled 8 points and 7 rebounds while Simmons checked in with 8 points and 6 caroms.

Four Mastodons finished in double figures, led by Steve Forbes. He hit 8 out of 15 attempts to register 20. McCray finished with 19 points, 15 of which came from outside. Joe Edwards had 13 while Max Landis completed the evening with 10.
 

* Aces Softball Drops Two to the Skyhawks

The University of Evansville Women’s Softball Team (7-21, 1-2 MVC) headed to Tennessee on Tuesday for a double header with the UT Martin Skyhawks. The Skyhawks were able to defeat the Aces in both games. Game one started out with an 11-0 lead for the Skyhawks. The Aces fought back but it wasn’t enough taking a 14-11 loss. Game two was much closer resulting in a 5-1 loss for the Aces.

In game one, the Skyhawks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Kenzi Tate got it started with a three run home run. The Skyhawks then added two more runs off passed balls in the inning. In the bottom of the second, Carly Gonzales homered to again add to the total for the Skyhawks making the score 6-0. In the third, the Skyhawks grabbed a run from Kelsey Dixon off of an Aeron Smith single. Gonzales then followed with a grand slam making the score 11-0 in favor of the Sky Hawks.

The Aces finally got something going in the top of fourth when Danielle Freeman connected for her fourth home run of the season. Abbi Fahse followed that with a three run home run of her own scoring Brooke Childress and Mariah Ferguson cutting the score to 11-4. In the fifth, Freeman had an RBI single scoring Michal Luckett to cut the score to 11-5. Ferguson then homered scoring Freeman to make the score 11-7.

The Skyhawks were able to get more production from Gonzales in the bottom of the fifth when she connected for her third homerun of the game. This one was a two run shot that scored Aeron Smith. Later in the inning, Samantha McClure was able to score off of a wild pitch making the score 14-7.

In the top, of the sixth Morgan Lambert kept the Aces going by hitting a solo home run of her own making the score 14-8. Freeman was then able to grab another single scoring Ashlee Kawall making the score 14-9. Ferguson was then able to come to the plate with the bases loaded and single scoring three more runs making the score 14-11 in favor of the Skyhawks, which would be the final score in the end.

In game two, Freeman got things going quick with a fifth home run of the year. The solo shot gave the Aces a quick 1-0 over the Skyhawks. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth that the game finally saw some more action. Kenzi Tate was able to reach off of an error which allowed Samantha McClure to score tying the game at 1-1. Alicia Hansen followed that with a single scoring Tate and giving UT Martin a 2-1 lead. After advancing around the bases Hansen was then able to steal home making the score 3-1. In the bottom of the Skyhawks were able to grab two more runs off a pair of singles to make the score 5-1 to secure the victory.

The Aces are back in action this weekend when they head to Des Moines, IA to take on the Drake Bulldogs. Evansville will see its first home action on March 28th and 29th when they take on Illinois State.

* UE Athletics Partners with Buffalo Wild Wings for Fundraiser

With the NCAA Basketball Tournament beginning this weekend, the University of Evansville Athletics Department is reminding fans of their fundraising partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings.

Fans should mention “Home Team D” when visiting the local restaurant. Anyone who does so will help UE receive a donation for 10% of the total bill (not including alcohol).

This is an ongoing promotion that will run through the NCAA March Madness Tournament and does not have an end date. 

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