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Monday, April 4, 2022

* UE Spirit Week

 

UE Spirit Week will be taking place April 4th -8th. There will be different things going on each day leading up to Pep & Vim.

 
* Employee Benefit Open Enrollment Zoom Recording

Thank you to all who came out to our Employee Benefit Open Enrollment meetings over the last couple of days. As a reminder, the benefit period begins on Monday, April 4. Every employee will need to complete the online election process, even if you are declining all benefits, no later than Friday, April 15.

For those unable to join us for in-person meetings, you can review the Zoom session at your convenience here:

https://evansville-edu.zoom.us/rec/share/SSnmWaG4yh04NLh5yxgWBmgCHLCZBrb3qNzlRK-gp04vUM5FZTP47q2z3YRnIOFU.fjHwGXiCE9a1K2CV

Passcode: !8HV3a%t

Questions

If you have any questions about open enrollment and/or the University’s benefit plans, please contact the Office of Human Resources at ll138@evansville.edu or 812-488-5045.

 

COVID-19 Corner

* Upcoming Changes to COVID-19 Guidelines

The Coronavirus Task Force recently established a subcommittee focused on campus recovery and progress towards a “new normal.” In the past couple of weeks, UE lifted the mask mandate and removed restrictions for indoor events. Now entering the month of April, UE will continue with these recovery steps and introduce additional changes to guidelines. Below is a timeline for these steps.

Beginning Monday, April 4, we will no longer conduct random COVID-19 testing for either students or employees. 

Beginning Monday, April 4, UE will no longer conduct contact tracing for students.  Students will have the responsibility to inform close contacts should they begin to experience symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing will continue for employees, however, as it is currently part of OSHA requirements.

On Monday, April 11, UE will remove the COVID-19 dashboard from the Coronavirus webpage. For over a year now, we have reflected new and active cases among our campus community, and the numbers were updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Cases have remained very low for several weeks, and with the University no longer conducting contact tracing for students, we no longer need to display the dashboard.

On Monday, April 11, we will remove the COVID-19 emergency banner from our website. This red ribbon has been displayed at the top of our webpage since the beginning of the pandemic, but with the removal of our guidelines, it no longer needs to be displayed. You can still access the Coronavirus webpage at any time by clicking the orange button at the bottom of our website.

This subcommittee will continue to navigate campus recovery and keep the community informed of future changes. 

 

Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music

The UE Music Conservatory presents the Jazz Ensemble with world renowned jazz vocalist Diane Schuur at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2022 in the

Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus. Diane Schuur has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the White House, and has performed with many artists including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, and Stevie Wonder. Her album with B.B. King was number one on the Billboard Jazz Charts. She was Johnny Carson's guest on NBC's The Tonight Show eleven times. Tickets are free at the door and seating is limited.

Prior to the concert, the annual Friends of UE Music Rite of Spring will take place from 6-7 p.m. Tickets for this fundraiser and reception are $75/person or $125/couple and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and priority seating for the concert. Proceeds will benefit Friends of UE Music and improvements to the Krannert building and Wheeler Concert Hall. Register here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1096/bp20/interior.aspx?sid=1096&gid=1&pgid=3397&cid=5859

 
* Sexual Assault Awareness Month Upcoming Events

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, also known as SAAM. The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Office of Institutional Equity have brought forth activities to bring awareness, education, and support in this time.

April 5th at 7:00 PM Sexual Assault Awareness Panel via Zoom.
The Panel consists of Counseling Services, Public Safety, Institutional Equity, EPD, Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Deaconess, and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM in Eykamp: Not Someone Like Us: a collaboration between the CDEI and Evansville Civic Theatre. It is a play about sexual assault based on true stories. The Consent Pledge will take place before the play. The Center will also be hosting a talk back session after the play.

Monday, April 19th at 6:00 PM Bystander Intervention Training via Zoom.
Learn how to safely act when others may be in dangerous situations.

Submitted by Rachael Rose rr204@evansville.edu
 
* ECTE Lunch and Learn 4/7

Join us on April 7th in the Philips Alcove in Ridgeway Center from 12:15-1:00 pm for TWO great Lunch and Learn Discussions! Drs. Sara Petrosillo (she/her; English and Creative Writing) and Julie Merkle (she/her; Biology) will lead a discussion on the design and implementation of interdisciplinary companion courses using their current complementary courses (“Premodern Sex and Gender” and “Biological Perspectives on Sex and Gender”) as a real-time example. In particular, this discussion will encourage conversations on the barriers to and benefits of establishing interdisciplinary teaching collaborations during the first half of the session. The second half will feature Dr. Rodríguez Quevedo (she/her; Foreign Languages and Cultures) who will share her experience using subscription services like New in Slow Spanish, TalkAbroad, and Kahoot! Premium to support student learning and engagement.

Pizza and salad will be provided!
Hope to see everyone there!

 
* Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony

The following faculty members will be honored at the Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony that will take place on Sunday, April 24:

• Sharon Gieselmann- Associate Professor of Education/Chair
• Donald Rodd- Professor of Exercise Science and Physical Therapy
• David Unger- Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

The UE community is welcome to attend this event which will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the lawn south of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration building.

 
* Plant Sale - Tues, April 12

The annual BiSci Club Plant Sale is happening on April 12th from 9 am to 5 pm! Come down to the greenhouses (located between the Koch Center and Weinbach Ave, near the Lincoln and Weinbach corner) at any time to buy a range of plants. There will be succulents in beautiful pots made by UE students and faculty in ceramics, tomatoes, hot peppers, several types of herbs, some flowers, and even some hanging baskets! Come support the Biology Club's fundraising efforts, and reconnect yourself with nature. Cash is preferred, but Venmo will also accepted. If you have questions, please email BiSci's President Sam Schmidt at ss747.

 
* Grammy Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Diane Schuur and UE Jazz

The UE Jazz Ensemble will be featuring guest jazz Vocalist Diane Schuur on a concert Saturday April 9 at 7:30 PM in Eykamp Hall. Diane Schuur is a two-time Grammy Award winning artist and has international acclaim. Tickets are free at the door, however there is a limited number of seating.

 
* College of Business and Engineering Speaker Series

Join us for the inaugural College of Business and Engineering Speaker Event.

The College of Business and Engineering Speaker Series highlights the intersection of business and engineering. Our inaugural speaker, Denny Quinn, CEO of Traylor Industrial Group, has made a career of leadership in this space.

Speaker to begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and networking to follow.

Monday, April 18, 2022
6:00 p.m.
Room 251, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall,
University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN

Register for this event

A Zoom invitation will be provided via email, the day before the event, to those that would like to attend virtually. In order to receive the invitation, you must register at the link above.

Denny Quinn is CEO of Traylor Industrial Group, a national contractor who provides construction, maintenance, and fabrication services for clients in the energy, industrial and infrastructure market sectors. Mr. Quinn is a registered Professional Engineer and a US Patent Holder. He received his engineering degree from the University of Illinois and obtained his executive business education from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and IMD business school for management and leadership in Switzerland. He has served on the board of directors for manufacturing and construction businesses in the US and UK. Mr. Quinn resides in Evansville Indiana where he is involved with several local non-profit and civic organizations.

 
* Bike Race 2022 Participant Info

For those interested in learning more about the rules and regulations of Bike Race, please follow the link below.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/file.imleagues/Images/Schools/Uploaded/201804/201841816423.pdf

A list of rules can also be found by logging onto imleagues.com and clicking the "rules/handbooks" tab.

Sign ups for Bike Race can be found on the Intramural office door located inside the Fitness center or on imleagues.com.

Any team participating in Bike Race needs to plan for all of their riders, catchers and throwers to attend at least1 of the 3 Riders Meetings.

Rider meetings are held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the week of Bike Race at 9pm inside the Fitness Center lobby.

Anybody needing assistance training/learning to ride the bikes can contact Drew @ah519 to schedule a training session. Bikes can be checked out anytime from sun up to sun down by checking them out at the fitness center front desk.

 
* Join the Journey to Justice this July!

High school students and current Aces can join the University of Evansville on an eight-day civil rights bus tour! From July 16-23, 2022, travelers on the Journey to Justice will venture through cities of the South to explore the history of the civil rights movement. Students on this journey will learn important, valuable lessons at each stop for an impactful experience of personal reflection and application within their own community.

Earn College Credit
Through this opportunity, students can earn three college credits. While the Journey to Justice bus tour will be an exciting trip, it will also be an interactive experience as part of Social Justice Movements, an ethics course. Students who register can apply this towards the Ethics & Social Change major or a general education requirement. Some assignments will be completed during the trip, while others will be given before and after returning.

Site Visits
Journey to Justice will include site visits at Evansville, Indiana; Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky. Popular attractions will include the National Voting Rights Museum, Beale Street, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Rosa Parks Museum, and more. Please note: the subject is schedule to change.

Students are required to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to Journey to Justice.

Registration details and tuition costs are available at the Journey to Justice webpage, evansville.edu/J2J.

A limited number of scholarships are available for high school students. Journey to Justice is made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.

Journey to Justice flyer

 
* UE Theatre Presents HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING

The University of Evansville Theatre closes their spring 2022 season with Will Arbery’s HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING. A 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama, this haunting play is a meticulously crafted story centering on four alumni of a conservative college whose reunion spirals into chaos over spirituality, politics, and a nearly fanatical desire to be understood. This production opens on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. on April 9, 21, 22, 23, and at 2:00 p.m., on April 24.

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING is guest-directed by Dylan Frederick, a 2014 alumnus of UE. Joy Weidenhamer, a senior theatre studies major from Omaha, Neb., serves as the associate director; Robert Tintoc, a 2006 alumnus, serves as the guest scenic designer; Assistant Professor Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Associate Professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; Araceli Ramirez serves as the guest sound designer; Professor Diane Brewer is the dramaturg; Moira Cassiday, a senior stage management major from Nashville, Ind., is the stage manager, and Assistant Professor Mitchell L. Critel serves as the technical director.

The cast features Delaney Ross, a first-year performance major from Keller, Texas as Emily; Gabriel Smothers, a junior performance major from Casper, Wyo., as Kevin; Becky Rusch, a senior performance major from Newark, Del., as Teresa; McAllister Reed Stowell, a junior performance major from Lakewood, Colo., as Justin; and Delanie Kitzman, a senior performance major from Tomball, Texas, as Gina.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result, taken within 48-hours of the date on their ticket, and remain masked during the performance. It is our hope that these restrictions will allow our student actors to safely perform unmasked.

Adult ticket prices are $20, and $18 for senior adults, non-UE students, and UE employees. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets are available by calling 812.488.2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 
* Department of Art presents the 60th Annual Undergraduate Student Exhibition

The Department of Art invites you to view the 60th Annual Undergraduate Student Exhibition in the Melvin Peterson Gallery from March 21- April 9, 2022. The Reception and Awards is March 24, 5-6:30 PM, with awards ceremony at 5:30. Please come visit the exhibition and celebrate the success of the students. You may also vote for the People's Choice Award which is awarded at the end of the exhibition. Hope to see you there.

 
* Pep and Vim, UE's Annual Day of Giving

Save the date for UE's Annual Day of Giving, Pep and Vim! This year's Pep and Vim will be held Friday, April 8, 2022.

Spirit Week activities, like Penny Wars, will be held the week leading up to Pep and Vim. Penny Wars is a competition between each of the colleges to win the Golden Squirrel for the year. Save your change to help your college win the highly sought after squirrel and help UE at the same time!

 
* Pep and Vim 5K Registration is Open

UE Alumni and Engagement is hosting a virtual 5K run/walk to promote a healthy lifestyle. The 5K can be completed indoors or outdoors between April 3 and April 8. Participants will enter their times online. All participants will receive an exclusive Pep and Vim t-shirt if registered by March 25*. The race fee is $35 and $20 for students.

On Friday, April 8, Day of Giving, post a video or picture wearing your Pep and Vim t-shirt on social media using #AcesGiveBack and #FORWARD to help spread the word. If you have any questions, please contact alumni@evansville.edu.

Go Aces!

*Registrations will be accepted after March 25, but we cannot guarantee the arrival of the Pep and Vim t-shirt by April 8.

Register for the Pep and Vim 5K

 
* Reunion Weekend Coming Soon

 

Changemaker Corner

* 27th Annual Celebration of Leadership Spotlights Community Servant Leaders- Congratulations UE Changemakers

This year's televised Celebration of Leadership Award Ceremony shone a spotlight on 122 nominees for their examples of servant leadership and contributions to their community. Awards reflected diverse people, projects and organizations leading and serving in our region. Three UE Changemaking innovative, collaborative and courageous accomplishments of servant leadership were recognized and celebrated.


2022 LatinX Leadership Award Project - Community Health UE ChangeLab


2022 Outstanding Innovation Award- UE/Harper Air Filter Changemaker Project


2022 Shirley James “Greening the Community” Award - Toyota Trinity Storm Water Project UE ChangeLab


Congratulations to all nominees and recipients!

 

Info You Should Know

* Bike Race Volunteers Needed - Saturday, April 9

Student Life has been hard at work getting all the details in place for Bike Race, but we need your help for event day! We need volunteers to staff entrance areas and help provide the free soft drinks and cookout for those who come watch. With a larger crowd anticipated, we have revamped volunteer levels to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

Volunteers can sign up for time slots online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4cadab2da46-bike. Some slots are specific to employees, but in general, we would love to see employees, students, and even alumni sign up to assist.

Questions can be directed to deanofstudents@evansville.edu.

 
* LEAD Forward

The LEAD Forward program invites students to apply for the 2022 – 2023 LEAD Fellows cohort! This executive-style leadership training is a one-year program led by expert consultants in the professional world. Students learn and grow through an intense retreat in August, monthly meetings with local executives, one-on-one coaching, and year-round work with a nonprofit organization. You will learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses, how to work effectively as a team, and how to capitalize on networking opportunities. We welcome students of all majors and years to apply, as leadership grows stronger through interdisciplinary ideas and fellowship. Please complete The LEAD Forward program invites students to apply for the 2022 – 2023 LEAD Fellows cohort! This executive-style leadership training is a one-year program led by expert consultants in the professional world. Students learn and grow through an intense retreat in August, monthly meetings with local executives, one-on-one coaching, and year-round work with a nonprofit organization. You will learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses, how to work effectively as a team, and how to capitalize on networking opportunities. We welcome students of all majors and years to apply, as leadership grows stronger through interdisciplinary ideas and fellowship. Please complete this application electronically and return to Dr. Martha Stilwell via email at ML86@evansville.edu by Friday, April 8 at 5:00pm.

 
* Signs a Person You Know May Have Been Sexually Assaulted
  • Quieter or more distant than usual
  • Aggressive or angry for no obvious reason
  • Head or stomach pain when there doesn’t seem to be a physical cause
  • Becoming clingy
  • Doing less well at school
  • Avoids particular places or people
  • Bruises on soft parts of the body like arms and thighs
  • Dressing differently
  • Eating more or less
 
* 2022-23 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship Application Now Available

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2022-23 academic year may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

The application and faculty recommendation information can be found here.

Completed applications and recommendation letters should be returned to the Office of Student Financial Services by MAY 10, 2022.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services via email or by phone at (812) 488-2364.

Submitted by Amber Chandler ac547@evansville.edu
 
* CHEM118 is offered in summer 1

CHEM118 will be offered in summer 1 session. Self-service incorrectly lists that the course is offered at Harlaxton. It will be offered at UE campus in Evansville in a hybrid format. If you have questions please contact Dr. Tod at tt92@evansville.edu

 
* Ascension St. Vincent Mobile Mammography bus will be on campus April 12th from 9:00 a.m 2:00 p.m

The Mobile Mammography services will take place next to the Krannert Fine Arts building, behind the Employee Health Clinic on April 12th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Appointments are available every 20 minutes.

Sign up though Ace Link

Those who are eligible:
-Females, age 35 or older
-Are due for a mammogram
-Do not have any breast symptoms or problems
-Not currently pregnant or nursing
-Have not been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past
-Have a primary care physician

*As a reminder, your health insurance card and information will be collected for this service.

 
* SAB 2022-2023 Appointed Positions Applications Open

SAB Appointed Applications are open until Friday, April 8th! Applications are open to all students and we’d love to see what you can bring to our organization next year!

A little bit about each of the positions:
Treasurer: Responsibilities include managing SAB’s budget and creating a budget proposal to submit to SGA for the following year.
Marketing Chair: Responsibilities include running SAB’s social media pages (which includes creating a schedule to sufficiently advertise for events), creating advertising for events, and marketing SAB’s events in a variety of ways (AceNotes, hanging up posters, chalking, etc.)
Sound Chair: Responsibilities include running sound trainings and managing sound setups.
Trivia Chair: Responsibilities include creating and running weekly trivia nights.
Recruitment and Outreach Chair: Responsibilities include heading the recruitment of new members and reaching out to other organizations to promote collaboration.

How to apply:
Go to UEngage
Go to the Forms Tab
Scroll down and click the “SAB Appointed Position Application” Form
Submit your application by April 8th!
You will receive an email asking you to sign up for an interview time slot with our executive board

 
* Summer Sessions Payment Plan

Summer session courses can be added to your monthly payment plan now with no additional set-up fee. If your student is enrolling in summer courses, anticipated summer charges can be included in the spring semester payment plan and the plan extended through May (for Summer 1 charges) or June (Summer 2 charges). The undergraduate tuition rate for Summer 2022 is $580 per credit hour. Fees per summer term include a $50 registration fee and a $40 technology fee. Online courses are assessed a $50 online course fee. Payment arrangements are due prior to the start of the summer term.

Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services no later than Reading/Study Day, April 28, 2022 to determine if financial aid is available for their summer courses.

To modify your current payment plan to include summer, contact the cashiers in the Office of Student Financial Services at 812-488-2565.

Submitted by Amy Sowders as560@evansville.edu
 
* Student Fitness Center Gym

UPDATE:  The gym will no longer be closed.  (Posted 2022-04-04)

The Student Fitness Center Gym basketball courts and track will be closed from 7 AM - 1:30 PM on Wednesday, April 6, and Thursday, April 7.

 
* PSYC246 Survey Participation

We are exploring the relationship between LGBTQ+ mental health and religious experiences, your participation would be much appreciated!

 

Congratulations

* Dr. Hyunsoung Park publishes a peer reviewed paper in Scientific Reports

Dr. Hyunsoung Park, Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering and Computer Science and his co-authors have published an open access journal paper in Scientific Reports titled “Predicting financial losses due to apartment construction accidents utilizing deep learning techniques". Congratulations, Dr. Park!

 

Athletics

* 10th-inning walk-off caps-off Aces rally to secure series sweep

Continuing to produce timely hits, the University of Evansville baseball team rallied from three-runs down to force extras, walking-off Michigan State, 5-4, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

"We showed a lot of fight as a team today. Our pitching staff did a special job keeping us close and not letting it get too far away," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. "Hardman was special picking up his first win as an Ace.  We had a tough time against their starter but never gave up.  A lot of great at bats late in the game to get it tied especially Mark Shallenberger's two-run double.  Really proud of the fight and where we are at as we get close to Valley play."

On the mound, starter Caleb Reinhardt recorded an impressive performance, going 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, while striking-out four, keeping the deficit manageable for Evansville. In relief, Tyler Denu and Drew Dominik each allowed a run, but kept the Spartans within reach. For the final three innings of work, Evansville called on Nate Hardman and the Bloomington, Ill. native was lights out. Hardman turned-in three-straight three up, three down innings, striking-out three while not allowing a hit or walking a batter.

At the plate, after going 0-for-2 to start the day, Shallenberger recorded two important hits, ending the day with a pair of doubles and three RBI to lead the offense. The 6-7-8 batters in the lineup, Danny Borgstrom, Brendan Hord, and Eric Roberts, all recorded a hit on the day.

A quick run in the top of the second inning gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead, but the Aces responded in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at one as Borgstrom drove a double to right center, scoring Evan Berkey. Michigan State retook the lead in the next half inning at 2-1 and its an advantage that the Spartans held onto a while.

The Spartans boosted their lead to 4-1 in the seventh, getting a double from Trent Farquhar and an RBI base hit from Mitch Jebb. It took until the eighth, but Evansville had an answer for Michigan State. After the Aces loaded the bases, Ty Rumsey drew a walk to score one and Shallenberger stepped right up to tie the game with an RBI double up the middle, scoring Roberts and Rumsey.

The dominant performance on the mound for Hardman helped Evansville force extra innings, where Hardman sat down the Spartan side in order to give the Aces a chance in the bottom of the 10th. Evansville took advantage of its opportunity following a leadoff hit by pitch for Borgstrom. Roberts than ripped a single to center, followed by another walk from Rumsey, loading the bases. Shallenberger then came to the plate, taking the first pitch for a ball before fouling one off and having another called a strike. With a 1-2 count with oen out. Shallenberger stood in and took a 94 mph pitch from the Michigan State reliever, earning first base and pushing home Borgstrom to capture the walk-off win for the Aces.

The win secures Evansville's first series sweep of a Big Ten opponent in program history.

Evansville continues its homestand on Tuesday, welcoming Indiana to German American Bank Field at 6 PM on Tuesday evening.

 
* Aces earn series win with 7-5 victory over Spartans

Taking an early lead and using timely hitting to hold on to it late, the University of Evansville baseball team secured a series win over Michigan State with a 7-5 win over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

"Really proud of our club. Nick Smith was outstanding throughout and our offense got out in front with some runs early," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll on the win. "The top four guys in our lineup had two hits a piece and delivered some important RBI hits. I know (Jakob) Meyer made it interesting but he always makes a sequence of pitches when needed. I'm excited to get the field tomorrow."

The win earns Evansville's first series win over a Big Ten opponent since taking two of three games from Iowa during the 2019 campaign. Much like Friday night, a dominant effort on the mound helped fuel the Aces early success in the contest. Sophomore Nick Smith went seven innings in the win, allowing seven hits and three runs, while striking-out three and walking just one. All of the damage to Smith's line was done in the seventh after the Boonville, Ind. native had pitched six shutout innings.

At the plate, the top of the lineup was what powered Evansville with one through six in the order all recording at least a hit and five of the six recording two on the afternoon. First baseman Tanner Craig and third baseman Brent Widder each recorded two RBI a piece, helping Evansville to the win.

Like the series opener, the Aces opened the scoring in the first inning as Widder mashed a single up the middle, scoring Craig to earn an early 1-0 advantage for UE. Another run came across in the third, again generated by Widder, who's single through the left side scored Mark Shallenberger.

An inning later, it was Craig who delivered the run support, ripping a double down the left field line, which brought Eric Roberts home and lifted Evansville to a 3-0 lead.

The power has been on display for Evan Berkey over the last two weeks and the La Quinta, Calif. native did it again to jumpstart the offense in the fifth. Berkey smashed his sixth homer of the season, driving it down the left field line and out of the park for a 4-0 UE lead. The home run gave Berkey homers in back-to-back games and was his fourth in the last six games. Later in the fifth, Roberts laid down a picture perfect bunt, reaching safely at first and allowing Danny Borgstrom to cross home as the Aces took a 5-0 lead.

Michigan State would mount a comeback, scoring three in the seventh, but Evansville had an answer in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI sacrifice fly from Craig and an RBI base knock from Simon Scherry that regenerated a 7-3 lead for Evansville.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans threatened, scoring a pair of runs to get within two with two outs. After allowing the two runs, Meyer settled in and fired three-straight strikes to end the contest and capture a 7-5 win for the Aces.

Evansville and Michigan State close their weekend series on Sunday with first pitch at 1 PM at German American Bank Field at Charles Braun Stadium in Evansville.

 
* Softball sweeps Ramblers in Sunday doubleheader

Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the top of the seventh, the University of Evansville softball team rallied to score three times to take a 4-2 win over Loyola.  Riding their momentum, the Purple Aces shut down the Ramblers in game two by a 4-0 final to sweep Sunday’s doubleheader.  Monday’s third and final game is slated for a 12 p.m. first pitch.

Game One – UE 4, Loyola 2
Evansville made a furious rally with two outs in the seventh to open the series with a 4-2 victory.  UE appeared to have the upper hand early, loading the bases in the first before Rambler pitcher Peyton Pepkowski got out of the inning unscathed.  The Rambler offense got it going in the second inning when Abbey Jacobsen hit a 2-run home run to put Loyola up 2-0.  Evansville got one of the runs back in the fourth when Alyssa Barela hit a leadoff double before coming home on an error.

Limited to just two hits in the opening six frames, the Purple Aces were down to their final out stilling trailing by one.  With Hannah Hood on second and Mackenzie McFeron at the plate, McFeron singled to tie the game.  Jessica Fehr followed with a double that proved to be the game-winner before Sydney Weatherford added an RBI single to make it a 4-2 game.  Izzy Vetter took care of it from there, clinching her 14th win of the season.  In another complete game, Vetter struck out 11 batters and allowed just three hits.  Pepkowski also struck out 11 for LUC. 

Game Two – UE 4, Loyola 0
Sydney Weatherford had her best start of the season, tossing a complete game shut out to give the Aces a 4-0 win in game two.  Haley Woolf put the Aces on the board with a solo home run to open the second inning.  It was her first long ball of 2022.  Alyssa Barela came up with a clutch hit in the third.  With two outs, Jessica Fehr walked and Weatherford reached on a single.  That brought Barela to the plate and she came through with a 2-RBI double to make it a 3-0 game.

Barela capped off the scoring in the fifth, hitting a solo home run to extend the lead to 4-0.  Weatherford continued her stellar day, completing the contest throwing just 68 pitches.  She allowed just two hits and walked one batter.

 
* Borisova paces UE women at Indiana State

Magdalena Borisova shot a 2-over 74 to lead the University of Evansville women’s golf team in the opening round of the Indiana State Invitational at the Country Club of Terre Haute.

Borisova has been on a roll as of late and continued that on Sunday.  Her score is tied for third place, just one off the lead.  Her 2-over trails the duo of Ashley Kulka and Caylie Kotlowski of Green Bay, who sit atop the leaderboard with 1-over rounds of 73. 

Caitlin O’Donnell was second for the Purple Aces.  She opened the tournament with a 5-over 77.  She is solidly in the top ten, ranking solidly in the to0p ten in a 7th place tie.  One behind her was Allison Enchelmayer.  She is tied for the 10th position.  Enchelmayer wrapped up Sunday’s round with a 78.

Alyssa McMinn and Mallory Russell are also right in the thick of the battle.  Both carded scores of 79 in round one.  They are tied for 16th.  Individual Carly Frazier scored an 81 in Sunday’s round.  As a team, Evansville trails leader Green Bay by seven strokes.  The Phoenix finished Sunday at a 301 with the Aces checking in at a 308.

Monday will mark the second and final round of the tournament with play getting under way at 10 a.m. ET.

 
* Gray first seven shutout innings as Aces take series opener from Michigan State

Led by a dominant performance on the mound by senior Shane Gray, the University of Evansville baseball team took the series opener, 7-2, over Michigan State on Friday night at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

"Great team win tonight to start the weekend. Shane Gray set the tone for us on the mound," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. "We had a great plan at the plate against a talented starter but I'm really proud of how we ran the bases and played with energy."

Gray went seven innings for the Aces, turning-in one of his best performances of the season. The West Jefferson, Ohio native allowed just four hits in a scoreless seven-inning outing, striking-out five Spartans. At the dish, it was the heart of the order that did much of the damage for Evansville on the evening. Fourth-place hitting Brent Widder went three-for-four on the day, boosting his average to .314 on the season, while tallying an RBI and a run. Following Widder in the lineup, fifth-year second baseman Evan Berkey continued to rack-up the RBI, adding three to his season total on Friday evening, highlighted by a third inning homer to left field that scored two, his fifth dinger of the season.

Evansville's offense stayed hot after Tuesday's 10-run production against Austin Peay and got the scoring started in the first. An RBI base hit from Widder scored the first run of the game as Tanner Craig crossed home on the play to give UE the 1-0 lead. With two outs in the third, Evansville added more to its total, tallying four in the inning with Berkey's homer scoring the first two and an RBI double by Brendan Hord capping-off the inning.

Two more runs came across for the Aces in the fifth as Danny Borgstrom notched an RBI on a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Widder. Soon after, a pitch got away from the Spartan catcher allowing Berkey to move from second to third. The catcher could not locate the ball, causing head coach Wes Carroll to send Berkey home, who slid head first across the plate to push the Aces lead to 6-0.

UE's lead grew as large as seven with Berkey skying a sacrifice fly to left that scored Widder to push Evansville's advantage to 7-0.

Michigan State would scratch a few runs back in the eighth, getting within five at 7-2, but the Aces closed-out the contest on the arms of Kieren Hall and Drew Dominik to secure an Evansville victory.

The Aces are back for the second game of the weekend series on Saturday at 2 PM against Michigan State at German American Bank Field in Evansville.

 
* Softball to play at Loyola on Sunday and Monday

With two Missouri Valley Conference series under their belts, the University of Evansville softball team opens the month of April with a road series at Loyola.  Sunday’s doubleheader kicks the weekend off at noon with Monday’s finale set for a 12 p.m. start; all three games will be on ESPN3.

Last Time Out
- Following a pair of losses to Northern Iowa in the Saturday doubleheader, the Purple Aces rebounded to win Sunday’s finale by a 6-3 final in nine innings
- Alyssa Barela was the hero for UE, hitting the game-winning 3-run walk-off home run to seal the win
- Izzy Vetter threw the complete nine innings while Alexa Davis contributed two doubles, two runs and a walk in the winning effort
- The opening two weeks of conference play have provided multiple positives for UE 
- After dropping the conference opener to Drake, its 10th loss in a row to the Bulldogs, UE rebounded to sweep a Sunday doubleheader to clinch the series
- Facing Northern Iowa in week two of league action, Evansville fell in both ends of the Saturday doubleheader before taking a 6-3 9-inning win on Sunday
- The victory in the series finale ended a 7-game skid versus UNI
- Evansville went 0-6 against the Iowa schools in 2021 but earned a respectable 3-3 split in 2022

Walk-Off
- With one out and two runners on in the bottom of the 9th on Sunday, Alyssa Barela belted a 3-run walk-off home run to give the Aces a 6-3 win over UNI
- It was the second homer of the season for Barela and the 8th of her career
- In her last three games, Barela has gone 3-for-8 while her three RBI against the Panthers marked her season high
- She entered the March 4 home opener with four hits in her first 30 at-bats of the season before rebounding to hit .444 in the opening four home contests

Heating Up
- Jessica Fehr continues to swing a hot bat, adding three hits in six at-bats to help the Aces sweep the doubleheader versus Drake
- She recorded a hit in two of the three games versus UNI
- Picking up a hit in 13 of her last 16 games, Fehr leads UE and ranks 10th in the MVC with a .345 average
- She is second in the MVC with 18 walks while ranking fourth with 20 runs scored - over the last 18 games, she has scored 15 runs

Clutch Performances
- In Sunday’s series finale against UNI, Alexa Davis was 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored along with a walk and steal to help the Aces take a 6-3 win
- Her season average is back at .300 with her picking up a hit in four of her last 11 at-bats
- Mired in a 1-for-19 slump at the plate at the time, Davis broke through recording two hits in five at-bats in the doubleheader sweep over Drake
- In game one, she hit her second home run of the season in a pivotal 5-3 win before going 1-2 with two runs, two walks and a RBI in the second contest

 
* Indiana State Invitational set for Sunday and Monday

Next up for the University of Evansville women’s golf team is a trip north on Route 41 for the Indiana State Invitational.

Country Club of Terre Haute will be the host course with 18 holes being played on Sunday with a final round slated for Monday.  Play gets under way with a shotgun start on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET with the final 18 beginning with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. ET.

Par is set for 72 and the yardage will be 6,041.  Evansville is one of four current Missouri Valley Conference programs in the event, joining Indiana State, Northern Iowa and Valparaiso.  The rest of the field includes Chicago State, Eastern Illinois, Green Bay, Rose-Hulman and future MVC member UIC.

UE completed the Golfweek/Any Given Tuesday Intercollegiate on Wednesday in Pawley’s Island, S.C.  Leading the Purple Aces in the final standings was Magdalena Borisova.  The freshman carded a 6-over 78 in round three to finish in a tie for 41st.  Her three scores came in at 77-77-78 as she finished with a 232.  Alyssa McMinn and Allison Enchelmayer each wrapped up the tournament with rounds of 78.  McMinn registered four birdies in her round while Enchelmayer had a pair.  Both finished the event with total scores of 240, tying for 68th.

 

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