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Friday, March 30, 2012

What's Happening Today

* People's Choice Award Instituted for 50th Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Department of Art is instituting a new People's Choice Award, in conjunction with the annual Student Art Exhibition and they need your help. Stop by the Peterson Gallery, view the exhibition and then fill out a ballot for your favorite piece of artwork. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the ballots will be tallied and the award determined. One vote per person please. Your vote could be a tie breaker! The 50th Annual Student Art Exhibition in the Melvin Peterson Gallery runs through Friday, April 6. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will see amazing student artwork, created by students from many different majors across campus.

 

* Got Caught Red Handed? Henna Fundraiser

On Friday, March 30 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Ridgway University Center, come join the creative and cultural fun! Henna tattoos for all! This event is open to the public. Standard henna designs will be $5. All donations will go to When the Saints, a nonprofit organization that has the goal of building a safe house for girls in Malawi. This is a part of the Global Poverty Awareness Benefit Battle of the Bands being put on by Asian Culture Club and Student Activities Board on April 13. For more information, contact Cyril Patra (p134@evansville.edu). Learn more about When the Saints at  http://whenthesaints.com/about.php

 

Upcoming Events

* Student Congress Nominations

Nominations for Student Congress positions are now open for CEO, COO, secretary and parliamentarian! These nominations will take place at Student Congress meetings (5 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 170, Schroeder Family School of Business Administeration Building) until voting on April 12.

This meeting on April 12 will take place at United Methodist Temple, in Fellowship Hall.

Please ask your representatives about what is going on in student government! Be an informed constituent!

* Catholic Mass this Sunday to Begin at Front Oval

In honor of Palm Sunday, the 1:00 Mass on Sunday will begin with a procession with palms from the front oval near the flagpole (weather permitting). Those attending should come directly to the front oval, where the blessing and distribution of palms will take place.

The congregation will then go in procession to Neu Chapel, where the Mass will continue, including the reading of Saint Mark's Passion. Father Tony Ernst, pastor of three Catholic parishes in Gibson County (north of Evansville), will be the celebrant, and UE students will be the other liturgical ministers. Everyone is welcome!
 

* Palm/Passion Sunday this Sunday in Neu Chapel, Holy Week Schedule

Join us at the doors of Neu Chapel as we commemorate Palm/Passion Sunday this week at University Worship, 10:30 a.m. Special music includes electric guitar, keyboard, and percussion in a unique prelude to the palm procession. Students and faculty will be leading us in the liturgy; University Chaplain Tamara Gieselman preaching "Preparing for the Worst."

Holy Thursday Service of Tenebrae or “Darkness” at 9 p.m. in Neu Chapel, Thursday, April 5. The service will commemorate the Last Supper and Crucifixion of Jesus based on the accounts written in the Gospels. Make plans now to participate in this unique service of music, images, and the spoken word.  All are welcome.

Easter Sunday, April 8, 10:30 a.m; The service will celebrate the Festival of the Resurrection with special music including a student-led brass quartet, percussion, and a little Easter jazz.

* Think Outside the Lunch Box to Discuss "U.S. Health Care: The Facts Behind the Fight"

In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Two years later, the health care reform legislation remains a national controversy, and its constitutionality was debated this week in the Supreme Court.

The University of Evansville’s Think Outside the Lunch Box Faculty Speaker Series will conclude for the 2011-12 academic year with “U.S. Health Care: The Facts Behind the Fight,” a presentation by William B. Stroube, director and professor of health services administration.

Stroube will speak at noon on Thursday, April 5, in the Blue & Gold Room on the first floor of Old National Bank’s headquarters in Downtown Evansville. The event is free and open to the public.

“Through all of the public discourse about recent legislation, it’s important for Americans to keep certain facts in mind about our country’s health care system,” said Stroube. “For example, many people say they want the government to stay out of health care, but they may not realize that the government pays for almost half of all health care costs in the nation through programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Veterans Affairs. Furthermore, our per-capita health care spending far exceeds other developed countries, and many argue the care may not be as good.”

“By comparing and contrasting the U.S. health care system with other countries’ systems,” Stroube added, “I hope to provide some information that is missing in the national dialogue over the current legislation.”

UE’s Think Outside the Lunch Box Faculty Speaker Series is in its second year and is typically held the first Thursday of every month. After a summer break, the 2012-13 series will resume in October.

* May 2012 Graduates

May 2012 graduates – you are cordially invited to attend a gathering of the Class of 2012 with President Thomas A. Kazee. The event will take place Wednesday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to noon in Neu Chapel.

Before the commencement ceremonies in May, President Kazee would like to speak to the Class of 2012 and express his gratitude, congratulations, and promise for the future. This will be a private gathering consisting of only President Kazee and members of the graduating class with no other faculty, staff, or administrators present.

Join Dr. Kazee and fellow classmates at this special event. Attendance is not mandatory but highly encouraged. For more information, please call Monica Spencer at 812-488-4065.
 

* John Mosbo to Speak at Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, April 4

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs John Mosbo will be the guest speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, April 4. The lecture will be at 4:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m. Mosbo will be discussing "UE 2011-2012: A Review of the Year and a Perspective of the Future"

Mosbo joined the University of Evansville as senior vice president for academic affairs on July 1, 2011. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education as a full-time tenured professor, department head, college dean, vice president for academic affairs, vice chancellor for academic affairs, provost, and special advisor to a chancellor. He has served both state and private universities, including an American university in the United Arab Emirates. Mosbo earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University. Though he is new to the southern Indiana region, his first academic appointment was in the chemistry department of Ball State University at Muncie, Ind.

A person can develop impressions of a university through websites, publications, telephone conversations, and brief on campus visits. The university, in turn, can develop impressions of a person based on cover letters, vitae, reference checks, background checks, and brief encounters. Both are uncertain what they have gotten themselves into until they have spent time working together. In this presentation, Mosbo will describe the impressions of UE he brought to campus, what he believes he found, the issues he felt needed most immediate attention, the University’s progress on those issues, and what he finds important to ensure a bright future for the University. He leaves to others to consider how impressions of him held up to reality.

For further information, call the series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.
 

* Golf Classic

Chi Omega's Annual Golf Classic benefiting Albion Fellows Bacon Center will be held Saturday March 31 at Walther's Golf-N-Fun. Tee times start at 10:00 a.m. and will consist of teams of four at $10/person. Questions? Contact kd142@evansville.edu
 

* Colleges Against Cancer

On March 31 UE and USI students will be participating in their annual Relay for Life. Donations can be made at www.relayforlife.org/vanderburghcollegesin. All of the money raised will go to research and other services that are sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Your help is appreciated by so many! For questions please contact, lc137@evansville.edu

 

* Dance Team Audition

The University of Evansville Aces Dance Team invites all eligible students to audition for the Dance Team for the 2012-2013 season. Auditions will be held on April 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first day of auditions will consist of learning a short, choreographed dance and practicing technique. The second day will consist of showing examples of required technique, preforming the choreographed routine, showcasing 1 minute of original original choreography to music (this should be prepared prior to auditions), and a short interview. Auditions will be held in the Small Gym of the Carson Center.

Information about the 2012-2013 season will be provided at the call out meeting on April 16 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 113 of the Carson Center.

A private or video audition may be arranged if needed and will be allowed at the discretion of the coaching staff.

There is a $20 audition fee. Please refrain from wearing baggy clothing during auditions. Footwear is required.

More information is available at gopurpleaces.com. Please contact Coach Arata at ma112@evansville.edu  or 502.689.4085 with any questions or concerns.

We hope to see you at auditions!
 

* Lunch & Learn Spring Session – Saving, Spending & Investing-Putting the Plan into Action

At the Lunch & Learn Session set for April 11, the topic will be  "Saving, Spending & Investing - Putting The Plan Into Action. "  Easy ways that singles and couples can create their own financial plan for the future will be discussed. The session will begin at noon and end at 12:50 p.m. and will take place in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. UE faculty, staff, students, and community are invited to attend this free (bring your lunch) session presented by Centennial Wealth Advisory. Please contact Judy Caldwell at jc313@evansville.edu if you have questions. This event is sponsored by the Center for Adult Education.
 

* Family Weekend Date Set for 2012: Make Plans Now!

Family Weekend is scheduled for September 28–30. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has started working on event planning for this weekend. If your department or organization would like to have an event during Family Weekend, please complete a newly developed “Family Weekend Event Form” by clicking on this link http://acelink.evansville.edu/Areas/Alumni/, or by e-mailing the information to: alumni@evansville.edu.  

Like last year’s successful weekend, we would love to have a lot of student and department participation!  If you have any questions, please contact Angela Williams, assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 488-2900 or Donna Jones, at 488-2586.
 

Info You Should Know

* Last Day to Drop Spring Classes – Friday, March 30

Don’t forget that Friday, March 30, is the last day to drop a spring class.  Drops will be posted with a ‘W’ grade.  If you need to drop a class, fill out a yellow Add/Drop Form (available in the Registrar’s Office in Olmsted Hall, Room 106), get signatures from your advisor and class instructor, visit the Office of Financial Aid, and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

* Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship for 2012-13 -- Application Deadline Extended through Monday, April 2

The application deadline for the Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship for 2012-13 has been extended through Monday, April 2. All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2012-13 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

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."

Applications are available from the Office of Financial Aid (Olmsted Hall 116). Completed applications should be returned by Monday, April 2.

* Save the Date: Campus Forum on Integrated Marketing

As part of the University's strategic plan, "Transforming Tomorrow: Our Students, Our University, Our World," UE contracted with Stamats, a well regarded higher education consulting firm, to evaluate how UE is perceived internally and externally.  Stamats has produced an “integrated marketing” report that President Kazee would like to share with the campus community.  Accordingly, all members of the campus community are invited to an open forum from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, April 9 in Eykamp 251-252 to learn the contents of the report and to engage in conversation about how best to communicate the value of a UE education. 

* Students in Leadership Looking for Models

Students in Leadership is looking for six girls and six guys interested in being models for its runway show on April 16. Models would need to be available for a run-through Sunday afternoon on April15 and Monday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. If you are interested please contact Liz Bracewell (eb143@evansville.edu), Rebecca Kish (rk105@evansville.edu), or Cara Fabrocini (cf107@evansville.edu) by Wednesday, April 4.
 

* UE Students Create Video to Raise Awareness of Child Poverty in U.S.

Six UE students have created a trick shot video in order to raise awareness of poverty in the U.S., specifically focusing on child poverty.  In the video are several trick shots, and following each trick shot is a statistic about the poverty issue in the U.S. The group also teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help raise money for their organization.  At the end of the video is a link to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website where donations can be made to their organization.

"We have been greeted with great support in this video," explains Nik Fahrer, one of the students who created the video. "It hs been  receiving over 4,000 views in under four days."

If you would like to see the video go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPVYsQA6LgY&context=C4116c07ADvjVQa1PpcFO_wyHiB2sD6bcbIuTWf3WOw-NlCTmruvY=
 

* Bookstore Nike Sale

During the week of March 26-31 come to the Bookstore and save 20% OFF any NIKE merchandise purchases.  This includes any shorts, tees, caps, and sweatshirts all during the week.  Items already on clearance or markdown are excluded from additional discounts.  So look for the SWOOSH and save all during the week.  Sale ends on Saturday, March 31.
 

* Attention Faculty and Administrators:

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Awards are presented during Commencement and are the highest awards given by the University.  One male and one female senior are selected annually for these awards. Selection is based on the following criteria:

• demonstrated leadership
• academic achievement 
• future contribution to society

To nominate students, please contact Karen Martin at km306 and request a nomination form.  The form will be emailed to you for your convenience.  The completed application form should be returned to the Office of the Vice President/Dean of Students no later than Monday, April 2, 2012.

* Online Summer Courses Available

Need to take a summer class to graduate, lighten your class load next year or get that class out of the way without the pressure of a full load?  A University of Evansville summer class can be your summer solution. Visit UE’s website at:  www.evansville.edu/summersessions to take a look at courses being offered and taught by UE faculty during Summer I and Summer II.  Visiting students can contact the Center for Adult Education Department in Room 205, Olmsted Hall, or call 812-488-2981 to ask questions or register.  
 

* 2012-2013 Andiron Lecture Series Call for Papers

You are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of your research or expertise for the 2012-2013 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Faculty and administrators from the University campus as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit proposals. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome. Reading time for papers is approximately 40 minutes. Deadline for abstract submission is April 1.

Please provide the following by email:
A 50-word abstract
Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation,
Paper title, Contact Information

Please send submissions to: Chris Mohn at mm333@evansville.edu

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Andiron Lecture committee members Mohammad Azarian at ma3@evansville.edu, Wes Milner at wm23@evansville.edu, Annette Parks at ap3@evansville.edu, John Stamm at js383@evansville.edu, Bill Hemminger at bh35@evansville.edu and Chris Mohn (chair).

 

* UE Summer Housing

Students, will you be taking classes in Evansville or staying during the summer to work? If you need summer housing, come by the Office of Residence Life to pick up a summer housing application. UE summer housing will be located in Schroeder Hall. For more information about on-campus summer housing ask the Residence Life staff or visit the summer housing website. Applications for summer housing are due April 20. 


 

Congratulations

* Students Presenting at National Conference

Eight students are presenting their research this week at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Many of the students are presenting research supported by the Undergraduate Research Committee’s UExplore program. The students presenting are Andrew Baker, Lauren Bernier, Elizabeth Bostelman, Lacey Conley, Rachel Lawrence, Ashley Majewski, Ashley Rich, and Nicholas Takebayashi. They will be accompanied by Professor of Biology Dale Edwards, a faculty advisor for one of the research projects.

* Lesley Pleasant

Assistant Professor of German Lesley Pleasant recently presented a paper at the annual Society of Film and Media Studies Conference in Boston. The paper, on Helke Misselwitz' film Herzsprung, was titled "The Wizard of Ossi."  This presentation was part of one of the two East German Film (DEFA) panels at this year's conference.  

Athletics

* Softball Resumes Valley Play At Bradley This Weekend

After a midweek doubleheader at No. 12 Missouri on Wednesday, the University of Evansville softball team will travel to Peoria, Ill., to take on Bradley in a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series. The Aces will play the Braves in a doubleheader on Saturday before finishing the weekend with a single game on Sunday. Both days are set to begin at noon.

The Aces (8-20) come off a pair of losses against No. 12 Mizzou, falling 4-2 in a close game one before the Tigers completed the sweep with a 7-0 win over Evansville in the nightcap.

Junior Tamara Robey and senior Allison Aguilera were the only Aces to notch hits in both halves of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Aguilera finished the day going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run batted in. Robey, who carries a three-game hitting streak into the Bradley series, tallied a pair of singles and two stolen bases against the Tigers.

Evansville enters this weekend’s contests with a 1-5 record in the Missouri Valley, tying with Bradley for seventh place.

As a team, Evansville ranks sixth in the league with a .257 batting average. Freshman Kayla Fortner still leads the Valley at the plate, hitting .427 on the season and averaging 1.25 hits per game.

Bradley University Braves (11-18, 1-5 Missouri Valley conference The Braves enter the weekend tied with Evansville in Valley play with a 1-5 conference record. Bradley’s lone MVC win came against Creighton in the opening weekend before the Braves were swept by Drake in last weekend’s series. Bradley is most recently coming off a 5-4 loss to Western Illinois after a walk-off double gave the Leathernecks a come-from-behind win on Wednesday night.

Bradley is hitting .248 as a team with just four home runs on the year, each coming off the bat of four different hitters. Baliegh Basham, who notched one of the Braves’ homers, leads the team with 16 RBI and ranks second in the valley with an on base percentage of .553. Julie Sherman leads the team with a .337 batting average, ranking fourth in the MVC with 34 hits on the year. Sherman also leads the Valley in swiped bags, going 14-for-14 in stolen base attempts.

As a staff, the Bradley bullpen has tallied a 3.69 ERA on the season, led by Madeline Lynch-Crumrine who owns a 2.74 ERA coming into this weekend’s contests. Lynch-Crumrine has also totaled the most innings of work, collecting 44 strikeouts while issuing 28 walks in 99.2 innings of work.
 

* Aces Baseball Heads To Omaha To Battle Bluejays

The University of Evansville baseball team will play the second series of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule this weekend, traveling to Omaha, Neb. to take on the Creighton University Bluejays. The three-game battle will begin Friday at 6:00 p.m. at TD Ameritrade Park.

Evansville comes off a 5-0 midweek win over Lipscomb University, while going 1-2 versus Indiana State in MVC opening weekend. Offensively, Tim Bodine (.353), Jason Hockemeyer (.313), and Eric Stamets (.300) anchor the squad that is hitting .255 collectively. UE’s defense has been their strongest suit, ranking fourth in the nation with a .981 fielding percentage. UE’s pitching staff owns a 3.50 ERA and .254 opposing average.

Evansville will travel to SIU Edwardsville Tuesday evening for a non-conference break before returning to Valley play next weekend at Southern Illinois.

Evansville will play its third, fourth, and fifth games ever at TD Ameritrade Park this weekend, but it will be the first time UE will play Creighton in the venue. The Aces are 0-2 at TD Ameritrade after falling 2-1 to Wichita State and 4-3 in 11 innings to Illinois State in the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.TD Ameritrade is the site for the NCAA College World Series.

Last season, Creighton won the series 2-1, winning games one and two by scores of 2-1 (12 innings) and 4-0. The Aces bounced back to trounce the Jays, 10-1, on Senior Day at Braun Stadium. Creighton owns a 39-23 lead in the all-time series, including a 20-6 mark in Omaha.

Ryan Billo, Jake Naumann, and Josh Biggs combined for a five-hit shutout Wednesday evening, as  UE topped Lipscomb University, 5-0, at Braun Stadium. Throwing a no-hitter into the fifth frame, Billo (4-0) scattered just three hits in six and two thirds innings, while striking out three. Out of the pen, Naumann hurled 1.1 frames, striking out two, while Biggs closed the game in the ninth. Both relievers permitted just one hit apiece. Junior Chris Pearson piloted the Aces’ offense with his 3-for-3 performance at the plate with a run scored. Classmate Andy Lasher also logged a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.

Wednesday night’s combined shutout over Lipscomb marked the Aces’ first shuttie of the season and first combined shutout since Kyle Lloyd and James Kohler worked together to beat IPFW, 11-0, on April 1, 2011.

Only two UE pitchers have recorded complete games in their careers. Sophomore Cole Isom has hurled three, including one last Friday versus Indiana State (3/23). Isom took the tough luck 2-0 loss, allowing two runs nine hits, a walk, and struck out five. A southpaw like Isom, Josh Biggs is UE’s only other hurler who has tossed all nine, being done vs. Saint Louis on April 12th, 2011. He allowed four runs, five hits, a walk, and stuck out six.

Sam Johns is one strikeout away from recording 100 career punch outs. Johns has been on the team for the last three seasons, but suffered a season-ending arm injury in the first inning of UE’s first game of the 2011 season at Memphis. This year, Johns has made six appearances on the mound and three starts.

Jake Mahon and Eric Stamets lead the squad in situations when they are at the plate with a runner on third and less than two outs, both owning an .800 average (8-for-10). Mahon also leads the team with seven two-out RBI and a .371 average (13-for-35) with runners in scoring position.

Getting shut out twice by Indiana State, Evansville struggled to collect RBIs last weekend, leaving 24 runners on base, including 12 in Sunday’s rubber match that the Sycamores won 6-0. In that game, UE had bases loaded in the sixth inning and bases loaded with no outs in the seventh, but were unable to score.

All three games in the first weekend of MVC play were pitcher’s duels with Evansville’s starting trio, Cole Isom, Kyle Lloyd, and Kyle Freeland, combining for a 3.00 ERA, 19 strikeouts and just five walks.

Sophomore Tim Bodine continued to step up for the Aces in the clutch, hitting .417 last week and led Evansville to wins over Vanderbilt, the defending Southeastern Conference Champions and 2011 College World Series contenders, as well as Indiana State in UE’s fourth bottom of the ninth walk-off win of the season. Bodine went 2-for-3 versus the Commodores in the 5-3 victory, and lined the game-tying RBI single against the Sycamores in UE’s ninth inning rally. Bodine now leads the Aces with a .353 batting average on the season and still has a perfect career fielding percentage in right field with 55 putouts this spring.

Junior Kyle Lloyd took the no-decision in UE’s 3-2 walk-off victory over Indiana State. Lloyd put the Aces in a good position for the victory, hurling eight full innings, allowing just two runs, five scattered hits and issued no walks. The right-hander also struck out a career-high nine batters, including striking out the side in the second inning and the leadoff batter in the third, for four straight Ks. On the season, Lloyd leads UE’s starting rotation with a 3-1 record and 2.73 earned run average.

Evansville owns a perfect 6-0 record this season in games played on Tuesday or Wednesday. UE is 2-0 on Tuesdays and 4-0 on Wednesdays.

Head Coach Wes Carroll recorded his 100th career win Saturday versus Indiana State in UE’s 3-2 walk-off victory. Carroll has led his squad to above .500 records in each of the last two seasons, going 32-27 in 2010 and 28-25 in 2011, and posted the second-highest victory total by a first-year baseball coach at Evansville with 25 wins in 2009. Carroll, a 2001 Evansville graduate, is in his fourth season at the helm with a 101-91 record.

Prior to Wednesday’s win, Evansville’s last four home victories were all won in walk-off style, including last Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Indiana State. Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, UE put runners on after a walk and hit batter. Tim Bodine and Eric Stamets lined back-to-back singles through the left side, scoring the tying and game-winning runs with one out. Against UT Martin (3/13), the Aces came back from a five-run deficit, winning on Trentt Copeland’s one-out gapper. UE came back from another five-run deficit in game one with Western Michigan (3/16), scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth and won on a walk-off walk in the 10th. Trailing, 7-4, in the rubber match with WMU (3/18), UE scored four runs in the ninth, winning on Tim Bodine’s walk-off single. In all four of those games, the Aces never led until they scored the final walk-off run.

While UE has hit just one home run this season and every other team in the Valley has belted at least nine, Evansville scores runs playing small ball. The Aces lead the MVC and rank 17th in the nation with 31 sacrifice bunts and also ranks third in the Valley for stolen bases with 41.

Trentt Copeland continues to move up the career doubles list, now with 51 after recording a two-bagger vs, Indiana State (3/23), Copeland now ranks ninth all-time, tied with Pat Schulz (1990-93). He needs one more to move into eighth, and three more to become seventh.

Leading the Valley and ranking eighth in the nation, sophomore Jake Mahon has been plunked 12 times this year, already matching his season total in 2011 that marked a team-high last year.

In game 17 of the season at Austin Peay (3/14), freshman Kyle Pollock recorded both his first home run of this career and the first/only long ball hit by an Ace this year. Eric Stamets leads the active players with six home runs in his career.

Eric Stamets, who has stolen 18 bases in 19 attempts this season, currently ranks third in program history with 88 steals (88-107) in just his third year of play. Stamets needs six more to tie Ryan Brownlee (1994-97) in second place. Aaron Pembroke (1995-98) holds UE’s record with 106 career steals.

Evansville returns 12-of-13 pitchers from last season and also adds three newcomers to the staff, including Kyle Freeland, a 35th round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

For the second consecutive year, shortstop Eric Stamets was named to the Missouri Valley Conference preseason all-conference team, voted on by the league’s eight head coaches. Stamets, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, projects to be one of the best shortstops in the nation this year. Last season, Stamets hit .292 with a team-high 51 runs scored and 27 stolen bases. Defensively, he led the Aces with 181 assists and helped the squad to a program-best .977 fielding percentage with a record-low 48 errors as a team. In addition, Stamets turned heads in the summer, playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and was named a Cape Cod League All-Star. Stamets was a consensus Freshman All-American and the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2010.

 

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