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Monday, April 29, 2019

* SAVE THE DATE: Brand & Identity Platform Overview & Guidelines Open to Campus May 13 & 14

As you know, we launched new University of Evansville institutional and athletic logos on April 12. Now, the campus community is invited to see the next phase of the project—the branding framework and platform that will facilitate how we share the UE story with the world and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace.

Ologie, our branding partner, will offer two opportunities to see the Brand & Identity Platform Overview & Guidelines. Please join us for one of the following sessions:
• Monday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Each 60-minute session will take place in Eykamp 251 and all University employees are welcome to attend.

Contact Amanda Campbell for more information.


What's Happening Today

* UE Bookstore Clearance Sale 35% OFF

The UE Bookstore is offering 35% OFF the original price of all UE imprinted clothing and gift items through Thursday, May 2. Items include T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, mugs, pennants and on and on. However - Harlaxton and graduation related items are NOT ON SALE during this event.

If you have questions, ask store personnel. Come early while size and selections are still in stock.

Sale ends on Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* This Week in Music: Masterclass with Andre Watts, University Orchestra concert with Watts, Jazz Invitational, and Horn Choir

Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series: Masterclass with Andre Watts
Monday, April 29
1:00-4:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

Prior to his Tuesday performance with the University Orchestra, world-renowned pianist Andre Watts will offer a masterclass on Monday, April 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall.

Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series: University Orchestra Performs with Andre Watts
Tuesday, April 30
7:30 p.m., Victory Theatre

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 7:30 pm in the Victory Theatre, the University of Evansville Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series, in collaboration with the UE Music Department, will present a concert with world-renowned pianist André Watts.

Watts will perform the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” with the University Orchestra conducted by Dr. Chun-Ming Chen. The concert will also feature Beethoven’s Overture to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus, and will conclude with a question and answer session on stage with Watts.

A regular guest at major summer music festivals, André Watts is one of America’s most celebrated performing artists. He has appeared with every major United States orchestra, and is currently a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University. Watts will also offer a masterclass on Monday, April 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Krannert Fine Arts Building, Wheeler Concert Hall. The Victory Theatre address is 600 Main St, Evansville, Indiana. Both events are free and the public is warmly invited.

For more information, email

UE Jazz Invitational
Sunday, May 5
4:00 p.m., Preston Arts Center, Henderson, KY

On Sunday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, KY, UE will host a jazz invitational featuring a variety of high school, college, community and professional jazz bands. The featured guest artist this year is Bazurkas, a Brazilian fusion group that features UE alumnae Meghan Pund.

Evansville Horn Choir
Sunday, May 5
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall

The Evansville Horn Choir, an ensemble comprised of community members and University of Evansville students, will be presenting a concert on May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. This free event will include works by Beethoven, Beckel, Gounod, Whitacre, and the ever-popular Titanic Fantasy.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Last PT Club meeting

The last PT Cub meeting is April 29 at 6:00 p.m. in Graves 100/Grassy Knoll (depending on the weather). Come and enjoy some pizza and relax before finals start!

Submitted by Stephanie Snodgrass


Upcoming Events

* Andre Watts to perform at UE's Snyder Concert and Lecture Series

The University of Evansville's Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series will present world renowned pianist André Watts in concert on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville. Watts will also be conducting a masterclass on Monday, April 29, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall on UE's campus. Both events are free and open to the public. You can register for the event on UE's website.

Watts was only 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in one of the orchestra's Young People's Concerts. It was broadcast nationwide. Two weeks later, Bernstein asked Watts to substitute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. More than half a century later, Watts remains one of America's most distinguished and celebrated performing artists.

Watts is a regular guest at major summer music festivals, and has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Nashville symphonies, among others. International engagements have included concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, and Spain. Watts has appeared on programs produced by PBS, the BBC and the Arts and Entertainment Network. His 1976 New York recital for Live from Lincoln Center was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television. His performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming.

Watts's extensive discography includes recordings of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky; recital CD's of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin; and recordings featuring the concertos of Liszt, MacDowell, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Saens. He is included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series for Philips. In 2016, SONY Classical released André Watts - The Complete Columbia Album Collection.

Watts received a 2011 National Medal of Arts, given by the President of the United States to individuals who are deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut. He is the recipient of the 1988 Avery Fisher Prize.

At age 26, Watts was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University and has since received numerous honors from highly respected schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, The Juilliard School of Music and his alma mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Watts was appointed to the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2004 and in 2017 was named a Distinguished Professor, the highest academic rank the university bestows upon its faculty.

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

* Newman Senior Night at Turoni's

Come join Newman to help us celebrate our seniors and end the year on a high note! We will be eating dinner at the Turoni’s on Weinbach at 5:00 p.m., May 1. All are welcome! This will be a great break before finals!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Relaxation Night with UE Music Therapy Association

Love music and need a moment to breath before finals? The UE Music Therapy Association is hosting a Relaxation Night in Grabill Lounge (basement of Neu Chapel) on Wednesday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m.! Bring your own blankets and pillows to get comfy while music therapist Professor Montgomery leads us through multiple relaxation techniques. 

Submitted by Jessica Smith

* Last session of medical Spanish practice

Medical Spanish practice is designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish for medical settings. Students may arrive and leave at any time. The last session of the semester is today, Wednesday, May 1, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 73 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at for more details. ¡Nos vemos esta tarde!

Submitted by Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

* Retirement reception for Terri Ames

Join us to celebrate with Terri Ames as she retires from the Office of Academic Affairs. A reception will be held on Monday, May 6 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Submitted by Paula Heldt

* Reception for Daryl Buente

Please join us in Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Carson Center from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, to say farewell to Daryl Buente after 38 years of service to the University as the athletic equipment room manager. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. 

Submitted by Andrea Wallace

* In Service of Mercy: Evansville Nurses Serving in WWI

Amber D. Gowen, UE alumna and archivist for Vanderburgh County, will present her research on the service of nurses from Evansville during WWI both on the home front and on the frontlines in France. This presentation, sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies, will be held in Koch 100 at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, and is open to the campus and interested members of the public. Please contact Dr. Annette Parks with any questions. 

Submitted by Annette Parks 

* Pancakes are coming!!

The Pancake Study Break is back! Join some of your favorite Aces for FREE pancakes and other goodies. The event will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Take a break from studying and enjoy some free food with friends! Music, door prizes, and excitement are all part of this event. 

Submitted by Emily Wilderman 

* Honoring Women Veterans Conference

Please mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference planned for Saturday, June 15, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Submitted by Tracey Folden

* FREE HIV testing at Student Health Center on Tuesday, May 7

Free, confidential HIV testing performed by Matthew 25 at the Student Health Center on Tuesday, May 7, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. No appointment necessary. 

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Tuesday Night Recharge Mass

Join the Newman Club this Tuesday, April 30, at 8:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate a Catholic Mass! Fr. Raab will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler


Info You Should Know

* May 2 - Obsolete Electronics Recycling

Obsolete Electronics Recycling is set for May 2 at Hale loop drive from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Students and employees (faculty, administrators and staff) can bring the following personal, obsolete electronic equipment to be recycled at no cost:

• LCD displays, LCD TV’s and LCD monitors, computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, cell phones, PDAs, cables, circuit boards, connectors, electrical equipment, audio video equipment, DVD players, stereos, radios, calculators, speakers, VCRs. Small quantities of batteries will be accepted.

The following items will NOT be accepted:

• CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors
• Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact bulbs), refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, stoves, vacuum cleaners, dehumidifiers, leaking batteries and any other items C&I deems unallowable
• Electronics owned by the University.

NOTE: The cost of processing CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors has increased significantly, and the University is no longer able to cover these items. However, these items may be brought to the following location: C&I Electronics located at 1700 N Lafayette Ave, Evansville, IN 47711, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

For more information or questions contact Amber Elkins at or ext. 2697.

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* Free Paper Shredding on Thursday, May 2

Free off-site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to campus once again May 2 (Reading Study Day) from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All UE students, faculty, staff, and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch Center for Engineering and Science parking lot. Paper will be shredded off-site.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please - no telephone books, magazines, or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100-pound paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

Submitted by Amber Elkins

* Library Hours during Finals

The Libraries hours for the remainder of the semester are:

  • Sunday, April 28: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Monday, April 29:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Tuesday, April 30:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Wednesday, May 1:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Thursday, May 2: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Friday, May 3: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.**
  • Saturday, May 4: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Monday, May 6: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Tuesday, May 7: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Wednesday, May 8: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Thursday, May 9: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Friday, May 10: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

* Upper floors close at 11:00 p.m.
** Upper floors close at 6:00 p.m.

Direct any questions to Meg Atwater-Singer at ext. 2487 or

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* UEPA student panel: Tips for Applying and Thriving in PA school

Questions about applying to PA school or curious what PA school is like? Join us this Monday at 4:00 p.m. in Graves Hall 100 for an informative panel with current UEPA students. Come with any questions you might have, including tips for applying to PA school via CASPA and what being a PA student is really like. Any and all students are welcome! If you have questions about applying or the career of physician assistant and cannot make the meeting, please contact Billie Chandler at ext. 3400 or

Submitted by Billie Chandler

* Attention seniors: Commencement Video submissions due May 3

Calling all seniors! Send your favorite memories from your years at UE to by Friday, May 3 to be included in the senior video which will play at commencement on May 11 at the Ford Center. 

Photos should be as high-resolution as possible. Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds and horizontal videos are preferred, but not required. 

The senior video will also be posted to the UE YouTube channel following the commencement ceremony. 

Submitted by Monica Watkins

* Final Success Lab Sessions

Need help getting ready for finals? The Success Lab is wrapping up the semester with final sessions offered from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, Sunday, April 28 and Monday, April 29, in Library 462. Academic Coaches are available to give you tips for test taking and study strategies to finish the semester strong. No appointment necessary

Submitted by Frances Renschler

* Summer Housing - it's not too late

Do you need to take summer classes? Will you be working in Evansville over the summer? It's not too late to sign up for summer housing. Applications are available in the Office of Residence Life. You can find more information about summer housing online here:

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Intercultural Communication Offered ONLINE in Summer Session I

Intercultural Communication (COMM 380) will be offered online in Summer Session I. The main purpose of this course is to improve your communication with individuals from different cultures or subcultures. In today’s diverse world these important communication skills will be useful in both your personal and professional life.

COMM 380 meets criteria for General Education Outcome 9 (Understanding of Core Concepts of Society, Human Behavior, and Civic Knowledge) and Overlay Component A (Global Diversity: International Component).

For more information, contact professor emeritus of communication Dean Thomlison at

Submitted by Dean Thomlison



* UE student Samarth Sheth receives SIAM recognition

University of Evansville student Samarth Sheth recently received a 2019 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition. Sheth is majoring in actuarial science at UE.

The certificate is given in recognition of the recipient’s hard work and outstanding service and contributions to his or her SIAM student chapter. The names of students receiving the certificates of recognition will be announced in SIAM News and will be posted on the SIAM web site.

Two students holding an award

* Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson exhibits artwork

Associate Professor Todd A. Matteson has had two pieces accepted into the juried Art Noir exhibition at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. The exhibition theme is "Black, White, and Grayscale." Professor Matteson's two wall platters are landscape silhouettes of mountains created in his masking off technique. Each piece was hand painted with glazes. The exhibition opens April 27 and runs through May 24.

* Congratulations to our 2018-19 Leadership Award Winners!

Be sure to congratulate these award winners for their accomplishments in leadership at UE this year!

Golden Heart Award: Student Charles "Rocky" Alderman
Golden Heart Award: Staff Catie Taylor
Student Publications Director's Award Becca Clark
Crescent Magazine Staffer of the Year Olivia Shoup
Crescent Magazine Achievement Award Dallas Carter
Diversity at Work Award Black Student Union
Diversity at Work Award Civic Dramaturgy, Spring 2019
Champion of Diversity Derresha Webb
Champion of Diversity Summer El-Khodary
President’s Diversity and Inclusion Senior Award Katie Brown
Resident Assistant of the Year Hannah Soellner
Donnie Dunville Award Orion Meier
Outstanding International Senior Danyang Liu
Outstanding International Leadership Shangshang Yao
SGA Vision Award Theda Soldatou
Mark R. Simpson Award Mary Whelan
Neu Chapel Liturgy Scholar Award Maegan Scheib
Neu Chapel Liturgy Scholar Award Oti Oritsejafor
Admission Ambassador Leadership Award Kenlea Meeker
Admission Ambassador Service Award Kelly Nixon
Lois D. Patton Award Olivia Goldstein (Volleyball)
Ralph H. Coleman Scholar Student Athlete Award Nathan Reeder (Baseball)
Changemaker of the Year Joseph Shoup
Outstanding Intramural Supervisor Mary Whelan
Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Award - Student Leader of the Year Anna Jean Stratman
Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Award - Advisor of the Year Megan King
Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Organization of the Year Habitat for Humanity
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Ayrlia Welch
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Chace Avery
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Cherise Williams
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Kelly Nixon
Senior Keynote Address Finalist Sierra Miller
Senior Keynote Address Speaker Kianna Wong

Submitted by Kelly Bargeloh

* Rania Mousa invited to an education summit

Associate professor of accounting Rania Mousa has been invited to participate in a “Course Hero Education Summit,” which will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area on July 19. This is an invite-only summit, where a selective group of educators seeking to advance innovation in education and celebrate excellence in teaching are invited from universities around the country. Mousa will deliver a presentation on the Monopoly™ board game as an innovative learning strategy that has been used in Mousa’s Introduction to Financial Accounting course (ACCT 210) at UE for nine years. 

* Foreign Languages and Cultures Outstanding Students of the Year!

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures would like to congratulate the following students for their excellent work in German, Russian, French, and Spanish courses this year:

  • Emily Vasquez wins the Outstanding German Student of the Year award.
  • Meagan Scheib wins the Outstanding Russian Student of the Year award.
  • Tyla Rasche wins the Outstanding French Student of the Year award.
  • Megan Smith wins the Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year award.

Submitted by Marisa Knox

* Lampkins selected to attend workshop and receives grant

Roslyn Lampkins, assistant professor of chemistry, was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to attend the 2019 American Chemical Society New Faculty Workshop in Pasadena, CA in June. Lampkins was also recently awarded a $3,000 grant from the Indiana Academy of Science for research involving supramolecular therapeutic chemistry. Congratulations Dr. Lampkins!

Submitted by Kristy Miller

* ES major Anna Jean Stratman gives presentation to Sierra Club

Senior environmental studies major Anna Jean Stratman gave a presentation representing the Monarch and Milkweed ChangeLab to a packed house of 50+ people at Sierra Club’s meeting. During the presentation, Anna Jean discussed the decline of the monarch population, the role of milkweeds in supporting monarchs, and the value of native plants to support North American biodiversity. The event closed with gifting the group more than 100 milkweed plants and a multitude of native seed packs. The seeds given away came from UE’s Native Plant Garden, which provides a venue where over 100 species of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees.

The Monarch and Milkweed team wants you to know that native plant diversity has great value for several reasons, including beneficial ecosystem services through improved ecosystem function, support for native insects (including insect herbivores and pollinators), and the food resources to other animals (e.g., birds via seeds and/or prey items). Unfortunately, habitat destruction has led to the loss of wetlands, prairies, and forests, resulting in reduced numbers of native plant species. As one would expect, the loss of floral diversity has caused a reduction in the number of herbivores and pollinators, and a reduction in ecosystem services. 

Submitted by Cris Hochwender


Sympathy to...

* The family of UE alumna Michelle Egan and her mother Judith

UE alumna Michelle Egan and her mother Judith perished on April 22 in a car accident. A resident of Norris City, IL, Michelle received an associate’s degree from SIC before coming to UE to major in archaeology. She loved singing and was an active member of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making contributions to the EPOC. 

Submitted by Alan Kaiser

* Sympathy to the Friends and Family of Kelsey Hipp

Dear Campus Community,

We are deeply sorrowed by the passing of one of our physician assistant students, Kelsey Hipp. Kelsey also earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in health services administration from UE and was set to graduate from the PA program this year.

Information regarding arrangements will be announced when details are available. 

Please join us in keeping Kelsey's family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.


Thank You

* Shout 0ut to the Development Office and Alumni Relations

The generous people in the Development Office and Alumni Relations will plant over 100 milkweeds in their own gardens across the tri-state area. The Monarch and Milkweed ChangeLab thanks this generous commitment, recognizing the dedication the group has previously had toward caring for UE’s native plant garden. Your team makes all of us a success! Thanks!

Submitted by Cris Hochwender



* Walter McCarty Basketball Camp

Walter McCarty Basketball Camp will once again take place this summer at the Carson Center. The dates are June 10-13, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for Grades 2-8. Faculty and staff - please reach out to Logan Baumann ( for more details on a UE discount. For more information and registration, see

Submitted by Logan Baumann

* Aces earn 4-3 win to clinch weekend sweep

Freshman Jessica Fehr hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to push the University of Evansville softball team to a 4-3 win over Valparaiso on Sunday at Cooper Stadium.

Fehr’s single was the difference before Izzy Vetter limited the damage in the seventh to pick up the UE (19-26, 9-13 MVC) win. Evansville had seven hits on the day with Katie McLean and Haley Woolf posting two apiece. Valparaiso (15-27, 4-19 MVC) recorded six hits on the day, three coming off the bat of Jaina Westphal.

Evansville had the first threat of the day, loading the bases with one out in the first. Katie McLean and Haley Woolf each singled before McKenzie Johnson walked, but VU starter Jenna Edwards got out of the jam unscathed. Valparaiso notched their first hit in the top of the third when Jaina Westphal led off with a double to deep center. Aces starter Emily Lockhart was able to retire the next three batters in order to keep the game scoreless.

In the third, the Aces were first to get on the board. Eryn Gould and McLean walked to lead off the inning. Haley Woolf singled to left field to score Gould on a close play at the plate. McLean would extend the lead to 2-0 when she crossed the plate on a McKenzie Johnson ground out.

Valpo plated their first run in the ensuing inning. The Crusaders loaded the bases with one out and scored when Taylor Herschbach reached on a fielder’s choice. They would tie the game at 2-2 on a Westphal single. 

The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth when McKenzie Johnson reached on a walk and was pinch run for by Mackenzie McFeron. Halie Fain used her quickness to reach on a bunt single putting two on with no outs. Allison Daggett laid down a perfect sacrifice to move the pair to second and third to bring up Jessica Fehr. The freshman responded with one of the biggest hits of her career, singling to left to put UE back in front.

Carly Trepanier and the Crusaders battled back in the seventh as she led the inning off with a home run to right. Valparaiso drew two walks before loading the bases with one out, but Izzy Vetter was able to escape with any further damage to clinch the win.

A trip to Des Moines, Iowa for a 3-game set against Drake will complete the regular season for the Aces. The series begins on Friday with a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader before Saturday’s finale begins at noon.

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Aces earn doubleheader split, series win over Valparaiso

On a chilly, wind-swept Sunday afternoon, the University of Evansville baseball team earned a hard-fought doubleheader split with Valparaiso, earning the Aces another Missouri Valley Conference series victory.

In game one, UE starting pitcher Nathan Croner (5-5) got touched up for three runs in the opening frame, as the Crusaders built an early 3-0 lead.

After being shutout through the first three frames, the Evansville bats would shake off the slow start in the fourth inning. After loading up the bases, freshman right fielder A.J. Fritz got the Aces on the scoreboard with a single through the left side of the infield, bringing in junior shortstop Craig Shepherd. Later in the inning, junior center fielder Troy Beilsmith skied a sacrifice fly to left, bringing in senior designated hitter Nate Reeder, cutting the deficit to one. Freshman first baseman Tanner Craig made a bid to knot the game up on a fly-out to center by senior left fielder Matthew Jones, but would get thrown out on a play at the plate.

In the bottom of the frame, Nathan Croner had his bid for a third shutout inning in a row ended, as Valpo would tag him for three runs. The junior southpaw's day would end after four frames, giving up six runs, four earned, on hits, while striking out three.

Freshman right-hander Shane Gray would take over in the fifth and toss four scoreless frames, allowing only one hit while striking out a pair. However, the Evansville offense couldn't close the gap, as they fell in game one of the twin bill 6-2.

Game two would see the Aces once again fall behind early, as fifth-year senior right-hander Justin Hayden (2-1) gave up a first inning on a sacrifice fly in the opening frame. However, that would be Hayden's only misstep in the early going, as he would respond by tossing five straight scoreless innings.

Still trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Troy Beilsmith would not the game up on a sacrifice fly to left, tallying Nate Reeder for the equalizer.

Knotted at one in the seventh, the Aces bats erupted. Senior third baseman Sam Troyer would give Evansville its first lead of the game, lifting a single to left, bringing in freshman second baseman Danny Borgstrom for the go-ahead tally. Nate Reeder would follow that up with a two-run double down the right field line, scoring both junior catcher Ben Komonosky and Troyer, putting UE up 4-1.

Valparaiso would get one back in the bottom of the inning, finally getting the Hayden, and he fifth year senior would give way to freshman sensation Michael Parks. For the day, Hayden went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out a pair.

As for Parks, he was once again dynamite out of the bullpen, shutting out the Crusaders the rest of the way, allowing one hit, while striking out a pair in the 4-2 Evansville victory.

The victory improves Evansville's overall record to 21-19 and 8-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference, Valparaiso dropped to 9-29 overall and 2-10 in league play.

Up next for the Aces is a Wednesday night home date with Belmont. First pitch from Charles H. Braun Stadium is at 6:00 p.m.   

Submitted by Joseph Downs


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