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Monday, February 22, 2016

* Are you prepared for the HLC visit?

The University of Evansville will host a visit February 29 - March 2, with a team representing its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

While on campus, the peer review team will likely spend time visiting various programs and departments, observing classrooms or co-curricular activities, and meeting with individuals and groups (including open forums with faculty, staff, and students). The HLC Steering Committee has developed a set of sample questions peer review team members may ask, which is intended to be a helpful guide in preparing for the campus visit. Click here The University of Evansville will host a visit February 29 - March 2, with a team representing its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

While on campus, the peer review team will likely spend time visiting various programs and departments, observing classrooms or co-curricular activities, and meeting with individuals and groups (including open forums with faculty, staff, and students). The HLC Steering Committee has developed a set of sample questions peer review team members may ask, which is intended to be a helpful guide in preparing for the campus visit. Click here to access the list of questions. 


What's Happening Today

* Newman Club and the season of Lent

All are welcome to join us tonight at 5:00 p.m. at the Newman Center for our Monday Night Dinner & Discussion. Father Godfrey Mullen, O.S.B., will be here to lead a discussion on the holy season of Lent. This will be one that you won't want to miss!

We hope to see you there! Please call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610 for more information!

* Student Publications information meeting today

Come learn about the positions available with Crescent Magazine and the LinC for the 2016-17 school year. An information session is planned for today at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. There are many positions to choose from, including various columnist positions, reporters/writers, social media assistants, event planner, and photographers. 

* May we pray for you?

"When people talk, listen completely" - Ernest Hemingway

The UE Newman Catholic Campus Ministry Team would like to listen to you, be it your thoughts, questions, prayer requests, or whatever else that may be on your mind. Please stop by Jazzman's Cafe and look for a Ministry Team member in bright blue and let us listen to you. We will be present:

Monday 11:00 a.m.-noon
Tuesday 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Wednesday 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00-9:00 a.m.

We look forward to spending this time with you!

* Artist books exhibit!

There will be an artist book exhibit in Krannert Gallery today through March 30. The exhibit, "Findings and Bindings." The featured artist is Kimberly Jones.



Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: A combined ensembles concert

Two of the Department of Music’s premier ensembles will offer a joint concert in Neu Chapel tonight at 7:30 p.m. The University Choir, under the direction of associate professor and director of choral activities Dennis Malfatti will open the concert with performances of works ranging from the late Renaissance to the modern era.

The University Wind Ensemble will perform the second half of the concert under the direction of associate professor and director of bands Kenneth Steinsultz and professor of trumpet and jazz studies Timothy Zifer. Pianists Kristin Jones and Jaime Teichmer will provide accompaniment for the University Choir. Assistant professor of music education and saxophone Shawn Teichmer will join the University Wind Ensemble in a performance of John Williams’s Escapades, a work drawn from his Oscar-nominated score for the film Catch Me If You Can. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will also act as a send off event. Both ensembles will be leaving campus on Wednesday for conference appearances. The University Choir will be traveling to Chicago, where the ensemble will perform at the American Choral Directors Association Conference. The Wind Ensemble will be traveling to Ames, Iowa, where the ensemble will perform at the College Band Directors National Association Conference. Congratulations to both ensembles and their conductors!

* Wednesday night Mass

Don't forget to join the Newman Club today as we participate in the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral. The weekly 5:30 p.m. Mass will be taking the place of our regular 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night Masses. We will meet each Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Newman Center before making our way to the cathedral.

We hope to see you there! Please call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610 for more information!

* I-House: Serbia

It's time for I-House again! Today's presentation will be on Serbia! Tamara is super excited to get to tell you all about her country. Her major is psychology, and she loves to travel and listen to music. Her favorite part about UE is the campus community! To listen to Tamara talk about her country, come to I-House tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center! 

* Farewell reception for Alicia Harris

A farewell reception is planned for Alicia Harris, former grants manager for the University. The reception will be held this Thursday, February 25, in Room 204, Olmsted Administration Hall, 12:30-2:00 pm. Hope you can join us! 

* Panel discussion on transgender issues set for March 2

The ACLU of Indiana will host “Let’s Talk About the T,” a panel discussion on transgender rights at UE on Wednesday, March 2, in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. The event will be from noon-1:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The topic of the discussion will be such questions as what is factual, and what is myth in the debate about transgender rights? What does it mean to be transgender in our society? What is the history of discrimination against the transgender community?  Why must laws extend protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations to people who are transgender?

Panelists include:

  • Moderator: Brad Byrd, anchor/news editor ABC 25/CW
  • Kelley Coures, executive director, Department of Metropolitan Development
  • Jane Henegar, executive director, ACLU of Indiana
  • Grover Jeide, transgender activist
  • Kit Malone, Freedom Indiana transgender educator
* Writing Center Boot Camp: Academic Writing for International Students

How do you know when to use “a,” “an,” or “the”? What about run-on sentences? Do prepositions make you crazy? Are your sentences choppy? This workshop will provide a basic primer on English grammar conventions for those who are unfamiliar with them (and a tune-up for those who are a little rusty). We will cover the basics of sentence structure, spelling and capitalization, punctuation, and smooth writing style. We will present some strategies for helping you overcome the above obstacles, and for creating effective academic papers. Join us today at 5:00 p.m. in the Writing Center for this useful session. 

* Program on eating disorder

UE Counseling Services is sponsoring a program to recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Emily Ryan will share her journey of an eating disorder today from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 254-255, Ridgway University Center

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder and 30 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness Week) is February 21-27. The goal of this week is to put the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve public understanding of their causes, triggers, and treatments. By increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention, which can improve the likelihood of full recovery for millions.

This year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is focusing on the importance of early intervention and encouraging the public to complete the free online eating disorders screening here. Taking three minutes to complete the screening will help determine if it is time to seek professional help. 

* NSLS Speaker 2 Broadcast

The Speaker 2 Broadcast is today from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. Remember all members must attend three speaker broadcasts as part of their requirements to be officially inducted in April. 

* UE Health and Fitness Fair

The 2016 Health and Fitness Fair will be held in the Student Fitness Center on Thursday, February 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The event is free for all students, faculty, and staff. Over 25 vendors will be present with prizes and giveaways. 

* Financial preparedness class for new parents

The University of Evansville and St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children are offering a class on financial preparedness for new and expectant parents on Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class will be in the St. Mary's Gift Conference Room.

While the class is free, registration is required. To register, go to and click the "Class or Event" tab, or call Terry Cooper at 812-485-6016.

This class is for those having their first child and for those who are welcoming another baby to the family.

Topics to be addressed in the class include household financial planning, taxes and insurance, and resources available for those needing assistance.

* Global Economic and Financial Prospects: Have We Turned the Corner Yet?

Farrukh Iqbal will be speaking to UE students from Washington DC, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science, on February 25. The title of his presentation will be: Global Economic and Financial Prospects: Have We Turned the Corner Yet?”

Iqbal recently retired from the World Bank after serving there for 33 years. Most recently he worked as country director in the Middle East Region. He joined the World Bank after earning a PhD in economics from Yale University in 1981. Iqbal earned a BS degree in economics from Harvard University. He is author of several books and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals.

For questions, please contact Walayet A. Khan, research director of the Institute of Global Enterprise and professor of finance. The event is free and open to public.

* Spring graduate reminder to attend Commencement Central

This is a reminder to all spring 2016 graduates that they should attend Commencement Central to finalize graduation plans.

Please plan to attend either:
Monday, February 29 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. upstairs in Ridgway University Center
Tuesday, March 1 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. outside the UE Bookstore

It only takes a few minutes to make sure everything is in order. You'll meet with representatives from the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, and the Center for Career Development. You will also be able to purchase your cap and gown and order graduation announcements. Mark your calendars accordingly! 

* Fix it: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

The Department of Philosophy and Religion, the UE College Democrats, Tri-State Jobs with Justice, and the Southwest Indiana Chapter of Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan are co-sponsoring a showing of the documentary, “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point”, followed by an open discussion. The documentary will be shown on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m., in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. The event is free and open to the public. 

Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the skyrocketing costs of health care to both individuals and businesses continue to rise at a significantly higher rate than the cost of living as well as growth in the GDP. That places a debilitating strain on the economy, not to mention the nation’s health. Can this level of increasing costs be sustained, while still moving toward universal coverage? What can be done about it? This documentary will discuss these questions.

For any questions, contact UE professor emeritus Dick Connolly at 812-479-1298 or at

* Career Day tomorrow!

Attend Career Day tomorrow for access to over 100 employers. The event is set for tomorrow, February 23, 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m., Carson Center, Meeks Family Court. See registered employers in JobLink (

Thanks to this year's sponsors:
Becker Professional Education
Deaconess Hospital
Fifth Third Bank
MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
U.S. Navy

* Federal loan repayment counseling session required for students graduating or transferring

Students who have received federal direct (subsidized/unsubsidized) loans and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a Loan Repayment Counseling Session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the first session of the semester on Monday, February 29, at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. Other session dates are April 27, at 2:00 p.m., and May 6, at 11:30 a.m.

* Steve Yates speaking at Wahnita DeLong Reading today

You are invited to join us today at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery to hear Steve Yates speak at the Creative Writing Wahnita DeLong Reading Coffee Hour.

Yates has been granted three Literary Arts fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission - two for his fiction and one for his creative nonfiction. He is the recipient of an individual artist's grant from the Arkansas Arts Council for his fiction as well.

In 2010 Moon City Press published his novel, Morkan's Quarry. Portions of Morkan's Quarry first appeared in Missouri Review, Ontario Review, and South Carolina Review. A novella-length excerpt was a finalist for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner/Wisdom Award for the Best Novella. Moon City Press published the sequel, The Teeth of the Souls, in March 2015. Two excerpts from it appeared in Missouri Review, one in Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, and a novella-length excerpt appeared in Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review.


Info You Should Know

* Last chance to order Aces crewneck sweatshirt!

The deadline to order an Aces crewneck sweatshirt has been extended to Wednesday, February 24. If you would like to order one, please e-mail Taylor Wornica ( with your name and size. All proceeds will benefit the University of Evansville chapter of College Mentors for Kids, which is a national, non-profit organization that connects college students with the most to give to kids who need it the most. Your support is greatly appreciated!

* Library After Hours

The Libraries are pleased to offer a late night study space for students. The first floor will be open from midnight-4:00 a.m., Mondays-Fridays. Limited library services will be available. Enter the library from the new door facing Ridgway University Center via card swipe after 11:50 p.m. to use the space.

Access to the books, group study rooms, and the upper floors will not be open.

Contact Meg Atwater-Singer ( or ext. 2487) with any questions.

* Work-study still available!

There are jobs available through federal work-study offered by the Office of Financial Aid for UE students. Eligibility is based on federal need as shown through the FAFSA. You can go here to find the application. Applications may also be obtained at the Office of Financial Aid in Room 116, Olmsted Administration Hall. Questions regarding eligibility and job availability should be directed to Catherine Carver at

* Let Crescent Magazine know what you think of Sodexo

Crescent Magazine is soliciting students' opinions about Sodexo, UE's food service provider, as it explores areas to be included in a news story for its April issue. All answers are anonymous. Go here to complete the survey!

* Textbook return and availability

The UE Bookstore will be starting the process of returning unsold textbooks from the spring semester soon. Used books will be returned initially, and then new copies. If you still need a textbook, please stop by the Bookstore to purchase it. If for you are unable to purchase it now but would like us to hold a copy for you for a later date, please contact the Bookstore and we'll be happy to hold a book for you. Professors are advised to contact the Bookstore at ext. 2679 if there are books they would like us to keep longer if the texts are not used until later in the term. If you have questions, please contact the Bookstore. 



* GWS student presenters

Abbi Hanson and Elena Barnett presented their research at the second Biennial Midwest Undergraduate Conference -- New Directions in Gender Studies 2016. They presented on the panels "Women in the Work Place" and "Women and Empowerment." Hanson and Barnett joined students from Notre Dame, Loyala Chicago, IU Bloomington, and 12 other universities at the conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame's Gender Studies Program. 

* Beavers tops rankings at

Anthony F. Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of cognitive science, recently appeared in the Top 1% of Researchers based on monthly page views posted by the paper archive Most of his research posted there concerns issues connected to the history and philosophy of information systems, machine ethics, computational philosophy, and cognitive computer modeling. His work has been viewed by researchers on six continents, the foremost being North America and India.



* Aces lead wire-to-wire in 83-71 win over SIU

On a day when one of the icons of University of Evansville athletics was honored, the Purple Aces Men’s Basketball team led wire-to-wire for the second game in a row on their way to an 83-71 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday at the Ford Center.

Jim Byers was honored with a proclamation from Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke and was also given a replica of his #33 football jersey that he wore when he played at the University of Michigan.

With the win, the Purple Aces (22-7, 11-5 MVC) are tied with Illinois State for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Southern Illinois (21-8, 10-6 MVC) is alone in fourth place.

Pacing Evansville in the win was D.J. Balentine. The senior moved alone into fifth place in MVC history with 2,371 career points. He is just three away from jumping into fourth. He led everyone with 27 points on an efficient 10-of-16 shooting day. He also had six assists. Jaylon Brown tied his career mark with 19 points, knocking down six shots and seven of his eight free throw attempts.

Egidijus Mockevicius added to his national lead with his twenty-fourth double-double of the season. He posted 11 points and 12 rebounds while Mislav Brzoja finished with 10 points. Anthony Beane notched 22 to lead the Salukis. Bola Olaniyan notched 13 points and 12 rebounds while Austin Weiher finished with 11.

“We have shown signs in the last two games of really starting to break out. When we are able to get it out in transition, that really helps us,” Aces head coach Marty Simmons said. “When we're playing our best basketball, we are sharing it and we did a great job of doing that today.”

Evansville shot lights out in the first half as 64.5% (17/26) attempts found the bottom of the net. D.J. Balentine knocked down six of his nine field goals to finish the period with 14 points. He scored one of the buckets in the early going that gave the Aces a 6-0 edge out of the gate. The Salukis got back within one with an Anthony Beane jumper, which made it a 12-11 game in favor of UE.

A 9-0 stretch, which was capped off by a Mockevicius layup, saw Evansville push its edge to double figures for the first time at 21-11 at the 12:49 mark. Southern Illinois cut the gap to seven at 23-16, but UE rallied again. Five points in a row from Blake Simmons saw UE push its lead to a game high at 34-18 with 7:20 left.

SIU found its groove as two Beane free throws brought the Salukis within six. Beane registered 14 points in the half. The Aces notched the final three tallies of the period to take a 45-36 lead to the locker room.

UE added to the lead to open the second stanza with the advantage reaching 20 points midway through the period at 64-44. A Balentine free throw helped the lead reach its largest of 70-47 with 9:12 left before Southern Illinois made a run. The Salukis posted the next 10 points in a row while holding the Aces scoreless for almost three minutes.

David Howard ended that stretch with a free throw before an and-one by Brzoja put UE back up by 15 with five minutes remaining. From there, it was all Aces as they clinched the 83-71 win.

A stellar day from the floor saw the Aces shoot 54.5% while the defense did its job, holding the Salukis to 36.8%. A major difference came on points in the paint was the Purple Aces finished with a 42-22 edge in that statistic.

UE now takes to the road for the final time in the regular season, traveling to Peoria, Illinois, to take on Bradley. The MVC Network will televise Tuesday’s 8:00 p.m. game. On February 27, Evansville wraps up the regular season with a 1:00 p.m. game versus UNI, as seniors D.J. Balentine, Egidijus Mockevicius, and Adam Wing will be honored.

* Faculty and staff basketball tickets available for pick-up

Complimentary faculty, and staff tickets for the Men's Basketball vs UNI game on February 27, are now available for pick-up at the Carson Center Ticket Office. A UE ID must be presented and is good for up to two tickets. 

* Aces Tennis grabs second win of the season

The University of Evansville Women’s Tennis Team (2-7, 0-0 MVC) was able to pick up their second victory of the season on Saturday when they defeated the University of Findlay Oilers by a score of 6-1. The Aces were perfect in doubles play and only dropped one singles match to secure the victory. The Aces followed the win up with a trip to Dayton, Ohio, to take on Wright State where they took a 5-2 loss.

Against the Oilers, every match was won with the exception of flight one singles by the Aces. Katie Delgado had a hard fought match at flight three singles when she defeated Sheridan McLean by a score of 3-6, 6-2, 10-8. Kennedy Craig was also able to grab another victory when she defeated Lindsay Jurcenko by a score of 6-0, 6-1 in dominating fashion.

Singles Competition
1. Matina Matic (UF) def. Marina Moreno (UE) 6-7, 6-0, 10-8
2. Marina Darzyan (UE) def. Tijana Raicevic (UF) 6-1, 6-4
3. Katie Delgado (UE) def. Sheridan McLean (UF) 3-6, 6-2, 10-8
4. Doreen Crasta (UE) def. Viktoriya Shkola (UF) 6-2, 6-2
5. Kennedy Craig (UE) def. Lindsay Jurcenko (UF) 6-0, 6-1
6. Leah Helpingstine (UE) def. Kymberlyn Warner (UF) 6-0, 7-6

Doubles Competition
1. Marina Moreno/Marina Darzyan (UE) def. Tijana Raicevic/Sheridan McLean (UF) 8-6
2. Doreen Crasta/Kennedy Craig (UE) def. Matina Matic/Viktoriya Shkola (UF) 8-4
3. Leah Helpingstine/Katie Delgado (UE) def. Lindsay Jurcenko/Kymberlyn Warner (UF) 8-2

In the Aces match against the Raiders, the Aces fell by a final score of 5-2. Katie Delgado was able to go perfect on the day at flight three singles when she defeated Taylor Culbertson by a score of 4-6, 7-5, 10-8. Kennedy Craig also remained perfect on the day at flight five singles when she defeated Tori Turner 4-6, 6-4, and 10-1.

Singles Competition
1. Karoline Haller (WSU) def. Marine Darzyan (UE) 6-1, 6-1
2. Linsey Verstrepen (WSU) def. Marina Moreno (UE) 6-2, 6-2
3. Katie Delgado (UE) def. Taylor Culbertson (WSU) 4-6, 7-5, 10-8
4. Elaine Cloern (WSU) def. Doreen Crasta (UE) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kennedy Craig (UE) def. Tori Turner (WSU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-1
6. Vanessa Madrigal (WSU) def. Leah Helpingstine (UE) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Taylor Culbertson/Tori Turner (WSU) def. Kennedy Craig/Doreen Crasta (UE) 6-0
2. Karoline Haller/Linsey Verstrepen (WSU) def. Marine Darzyan/Marina Moreno (UE) 6-1
3. Megan Brdicka/Elaine Cloern (WSU) def. Katie Delgado/Leah Helpingstine (UE) 6-1

Coach Wiseman said, “I’m proud of the effort our team gave this weekend. It was a tough stretch of matches, but they gave maximum effort and competed hard. The fact that we only won one of four matches isn’t indicative of how close any of the matches were or the effort given. Considering that we were playing without one of our top sixth player (Andjela Brguljan is out with a concussion), I think we did very well. I know that going forward we are in good shape once we get back to full strength.”

The Aces will be at home next weekend when they host UT Martin and Eastern Illinois at Tri-State Athletic Club.

* Women's swimming and diving finish MVC Championship

The Missouri Valley Conference Championships came to a close on Saturday night, ending the 2015-16 season for the University of Evansville Women’s Swimming and Diving squad.

Signing off the season, Coach Rickey Perkins said, “It was a very fun weekend. I am very happy for all the girls on the team. It was a difficult season at times but we made it together as a team. Our journey together this season was very special.”

To begin an evening full of events, celebrations, and awards, the spotlight was cast on the seniors of the conference. Representing Evansville were: Mackenzie Harris, Charlotte Lechner, Maja Magnusson, and Abby Smith.

The 200 backstroke kicked off the night’s competition; all Evansville representatives continued from morning preliminaries to evening finals. In the C-Final, freshman Bridget Sheridan took twenty-second place with 2:15.35, while freshman Adrianne Gamester placed twenty-fourth at 2:22.09. In the B-Final, Taylor Davidson touched in at 2:06.59 for thirteenth place, followed closely by fourteenth place freshman Kristen Myers at 2:07.07, a season best.

Next for the Aces was the 100 Freestyle. Junior Michaela Kent continued to shine as she took fifth place at a 51.43, over a second faster than her season best. Senior Mackenzie Harris followed suit for 18th place at a 53.32.

As with the 100 breast stroke on Friday, all four Aces in the 200 breast stroke qualified to return for finals. Freshman Kayla Aitken led the pack, touching in at a 2:26.14 for thirteenth place. Aitken was seeded in the preliminary round at a 2:31.70, ending in an over five-second improvement. Closely following in fourteenth was Senior Charlotte Lechner at a 2:26.80. Freshmen Amy Smith, Kaylee Gubricky, and Sylvia McFadden placed sixteenth, twenty-third, and twenty-fourth respectively. Gubricky’s time of 2:35.74 was a personal best by over two seconds.

The Aces stayed within close proximity of each other for the 200 butterfly; freshman Madi Jones and sophomores Kasey Rein and Jessi Hildebrand clocked in one after another for nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first.

Sophomore diver Courtney Coverdale completed the 3-meter final that evening. She began the night seeded fourth with a score of 238.5; she improved to 255.65 points to take third place.

The 400 freestyle relay brought the weekend to a close for the Aces. Junior Michaela Kent teamed up with seniors Charlotte Lechner, Maja Magnusson, and Mackenzie Harris for their final collegiate race. The four clocked in for sixth place at 3:33.43, a 2.3 second drop.

At the end of the night, Kent and Coverdale were honored with First Team All-Conference while Myers received honorable mention.

The final standings were as follows: Southern Illinois with 799.50, Missouri State with 799, Northern Iowa with 627, Illinois State with 454.5, Little Rock with 305, and Evansville with 263.

* Aces finish Tiger Classic with extra inning win

In the final game of the Tiger Classic, the University of Evansville softball team capped off another 4-1 weekend in style, taking down Northern Kentucky by a final of 5-4 in extra innings.

Michal Luckett was the offensive star once again for the Aces (8-2) as she went 4-5 with an RBI and run scored. Ashlee Kawall notched two hits for the Purple Aces wihle Hayli Scott scored two runs.

“This team keeps finding a way to grind it out,” head coach Mat Mundell said. “We have a great pitching staff that works well with one another. Offensively, we keep trying to play one pitch at a time. We have a deep team with all contributing right now.”

Evansville got on the board in the top of the first on a Danielle Freeman double to left center. That plated Luckett, who began the game with a leadoff single. Two more UE runs cross the plate in the second as Kawall drove in the first run with a single to second base. She would score later in the inning on Luckett’s second hit of the day.

Northern Kentucky scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the third as they took a 4-3 edge. Two runs scored on a Sydney Ferrante double while the Norse also had two other RBI singles in the inning.

Some 2-out magic saw the Aces knot the game in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Hayli Scott doubled down the left field line to score the tying run. The score remained at 4-4 until the top of the eighth inning. With one out and runners on the corners, Morgan Florey, who had pitched the previous three innings, came to the plate for her first at-bat of the year. The move by the UE coaching staff paid off as Florey singled to center in what proved to be the game-winning hit.

Amanda Blankenship went two innings in the start while Emily Lockhart also pitched a pair, giving up one hit. Florey earned the win as she went the final four frames and fanned six batters. She is now 4-0.

On Friday, Evansville heads back to the state of Tennessee where they will play in the UT-Chattanooga 2016 Frost Classic, which will take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

* Florey and Luckett earn All-Tournament honors

Purple Aces freshman Morgan Florey was named the Co-MVP of the Tiger Classic while Michal Luckett earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Florey pitched thirteen 2/3 innings over the weekend where she struck out 23 batters and gave up just one unearned run. Florey also picked up three wins over the weekend. In the win over East Tennessee State, Florey fanned a career-high nine batters in four innings of work. She followed that up on Saturday going 5 2/3 innings where she struck out eight.

In the win over Northern Kentucky to cap off the weekend, Florey pitched the final four innings as she earned her third win of the season and fourth of the year. Making her effort even more impressive in the win over NKU is that she drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning. In her first at-bat of the season, Florey singled to center field to help the Aces win their eighth game of the year.

Luckett had a great weekend of her own, hitting an unbelievable .625. She recorded a hit in 10 of her 16 at-bats over the weekend, hitting a home run and driving in four runs. She also scored five times.

Her weekend began with a perfect 3-3 effort against Tennessee State where she scored twice. Next time out versus ETSU, Luckett went 2-3 while scoring twice. Her top game of the weekend came in the finale against NKU as she went 4/5 while scoring her ninth run of the season.

Below is the full All-Tournament Team:
Morgan Florey - Evansville
Rochelle Roberts - ULM

Lindsey Fadnek - East Tennessee State
Bethany Cowart - East Tennessee State
Taylor Carter - East Tennessee State
Michal Luckett - Evansville
Melanie Coyne - ULM
Maggie MacBeth - Butler
Alina Maher - Northern Kentucky
Courtney Gearlds - Tennessee State
Lauren Powell - Tennessee State


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