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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Upcoming Events

* Brenda Goodin Farewell Reception

Please join the Department of Biology as we say goodbye Brenda Goodin. Brenda served as the department’s administrative assistant almost 20 years. Her lively banter and commitment to the biology department will be sorely missed. Brenda’s farewell party will be Wednesday, May 17th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Koch Center Atrium. Please join us as we wish her well in her future endeavors, including the time she will spend with her precious grandchildren.

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* Lytho 1:1 Learning Sessions

The Office of Marketing and Communications is offering 1:1 learning sessions for Lytho, the University workflow system for marketing requests and materials. If you are still trying to navigate Lytho or want to learn more about its tricks and tools, the session can cover:
- Submitting requests
- Marking up changes to your proofs and leaving comments
- Review statuses
- Accessing deliverables (completed files)
- And more

This is open to any faculty, staff, or administrator that has used Lytho or is planning to. For more information, please contact Abigail Perry at

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Info You Should Know

* Lytho Tip of the Week: How to submit a marketing request

Check out the Lytho tip of the week!

Read the article on how to submit a marketing request.

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* Summer Work Study Position Available

Are you going to be in Evansville and/or on campus for the summer? The Office of Student Financial Services has a Clerical Assistant position available from now until August 19th for up to 31 hours per week. You do not have to qualify for federal work study to accept this summer position. See job posting in WebAdvisor for more information. Questions and applications can be submitted to Amber Chandler, Administrative Assistant in SFS, at ac547 or 812-488-2364.

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* Student Veteran Survey

The University is seeking feedback from student veterans regarding your college search and the veteran section of the UE Webpage. If you're a student veteran, please complete our brief survey by May 12.

Survey Link

Your participation in the survey is appreciated; thanks in advance!

For questions, please contact Hilary Hillenbrand at hm38 or Cherie Leonhardt at CL29. Thank you.

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* 2023 David Ragland Kids Camp

The 2023 David Ragland Boys & Girls Basketball Camp will take place from May 30th - June 2nd. Camp will take place between 9:00am and 4:00pm over the four days with registration opening on Tuesday the 30th at 8:15am in Meeks Fieldhouse.

An amazing experience for basketball players of all ages, the camp includes lunch each day, the opportunity to work with the UE coaching staff while meeting members of the Purple Aces men's basketball team, a camp t-shirt, contests, competitions and more.

*Discounts of $25 are given to current Aces Assist Club members and UE faculty and staff.

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* 2023-24 Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Student Financial Services has a list of outside scholarship opportunities for the 2023-24 academic year.  The document is updated regularly and contains information on applying for outside scholarships of varying requirements, deadlines, and award amounts.  To access the document, go to, click on Menu, select Department and Office Pages, select Student Financial Services, and click on Additional Scholarship Opportunities.

Questions:  Please contact Amber Chandler, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364.

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* Creative Writing Professor Published in Craft Antholofy

Katie Darby Mullins has an essay, “Not to Mention the Parking,” in a new textbook on craft, HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: AN ANTHOLOGY OF 20 CRAFT ESSAYS ABOUT WRITING, NONE OF WHICH EVER MENTION WRITING, forthcoming at Autofocus Lit.

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* Creative Writing Professor Publishes Follow-Up Essay at Drunk Monkeys

Katie Darby Mullins recently published “TV Boyfriend: Evolution,” a partner piece to award-nominated “Saying Goodbye to My TV Boyfriend,” both at Drunk Monkeys, both tangentially about Dr. Spencer Reid from “Criminal Minds,” and both much more largely about both the privilege and burden of getting to know oneself.

Submitted by Katie Mullins
* Clark Kimberling publishes article

Clark Kimberling, Professor of Mathematics, has an article entitled "Intriguing Infinite Words Composed of Zeros and Ones" in the current issue of Elemente der Mathematik, published by the Swiss Mathematical Society. The article presents simple rules for generating binary sequences (i.e., words) of interest in number theory, combinatorics, and computer science. These include the Thue-Morse word (, the infinite Fibonacci word (, and the Kolakoski word ( The article has a section on "Amazing Mathematica programs" and concludes with a discussion of subwords of the infinite Fibonacci words, including an open question.

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* Honorary Degrees Bestowed During UE's 165th Commencement Ceremony

Wilfred C. Bussing III.: Doctor of Humane Letters

Bill Bussing receives honorary degree from UE

The University of Evansville celebrates Bussing’s many contributions to the life of UE's campus and the Evansville community. Bussing was born and raised in Evansville, he is an esteemed alumnus of the University of Evansville and has deep roots in the community.

Currently, Bussing is not only a well-respected attorney, but he and his family are proud owners of the Evansville Otters Baseball Team.

Bussing is a highly engaged member of various community organizations and has been recognized with several accolades for his meaningful contributions to society. He embodies the essence of local talent, and we are lucky to have him as part of our community.

Sheila L. Huff: Doctor of Humane Letters

Sheila Huff - Honorary Degree

The University of Evansville pays tribute to Huff’s many contributions and accomplishments in the life of the UE campus and the Evansville community. Sheila has made a significant impact on the education system and has been recognized for her contributions to society.

Sheila is the Director of Strategic Engagement for the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and is actively involved in several organizations. Her dedication to teaching has inspired many students to pursue careers in education, and she has received recognition for her outstanding work.

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* Mayor Winnecke receives UE Presidential Medal of Honor

Mayor Winnecke awarded Medal of Honor

In light of his extraordinary contributions to the community, the University of Evansville presented the Presidential Medal of Honor to Mayor Lloyd Winnecke at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Since being elected as Mayor of Evansville in 2012, Winnecke has made a series of positive impacts during his three terms in office. Among his accomplishments are the oversight of major infrastructure projects like the Ford Center and the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences. In addition, he initiated Clean Evansville, a monthly litter pick-up program that received recognition and awards for promoting civic pride and volunteerism.

As a 1982 University of Evansville alumnus, Winnecke continues to be involved with the university in several capacities, including as a UE Connect member, a supporter of UE Theatre and Aces Athletics, and a former PAC Board member.

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* 2023 Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient

Ware awarded Outstanding Teacher for 2023The 2023 Outstanding Teacher was awarded to Dr. Jim Ware, Professor of Religion.

Dr. Ware teaches classes in the Bible, the Gospels, and ancient Christianity, as well as courses in ancient Greek and literature. His teaching has supported the archaeology, history, classics, and religion programs. Dr. Ware developed and has served as the advisor for the pre-ministry track and is the faculty sponsor for the Newman Club.

Submitted by Emily Ormson
* 2023 Eykamp Prize Recipient

The recipient for the 2023 Eykamp Prize was Dr. Suresh Immanuel, Associate Dean and Professor of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Immanuel is involved in actively recruiting students for the School of Engineering and Computer Science. He takes the initiative to meet with prospective students individually, and he communicates directly with both parents and students to address any concerns they may have.

Submitted by Emily Ormson
* 2023 Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May Outstanding Senior Award Recipient

Ward receives outstanding seniorEach year, a committee of students and faculty selects an award recipient for the most outstanding senior. The selection is based on high academic performance, commitment to service, outstanding leadership, and involvement in diverse campus activities. The award is named after two of the University's most respected alumni, Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May.

This year's recipient is Amanda Ward. She truly embodies UE’s core values of inclusivity, innovation, integrity, and intellectual curiosity.

Ward had been pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Social and Human Services, Criminal Justice, and Sociology, making the Dean’s List for six semesters. She was heavily involved with Residence Life, the Student Activities Board, and Sigma Alpha Iota.

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* Marah Wood and Zoe Frossard earn MVC accolades

The Missouri Valley Conference has announced the All-Conference Teams and specialty award winners on Wednesday morning ahead of the MVC Softball Championship.

Earning recognition from the University of Evansville softball team were Marah Wood and Zoe Frossard.  Wood earned a spot on the All-MVC Second Team while Frossard garnered MVC All-Defensive Team honors.

Wood earned All-Conference recognition for the first time in her career after batting .260 with four home runs, 21 runs batted in and 19 runs scored.  Between April 11 and April 30, Wood posted a 12-game hit streak, which was the longest of the season for the Purple Aces and the most for the program since Eryn Gould had a 12-game streak in 2019.

She wrapped up the season batting .353 over her last 15 games, including five multi-hit efforts.  Wood tied for second in the MVC with three sacrifice flies and was 5th with 169 at-bats.  Last season, Wood led Evansville with eight home runs and 31 RBI while batting .272.

Frossard, the 2022 MVC Newcomer of the Year, was a defensive star in 2023.  Multiple diving catches in the field saved numerous opposing runs from scoring.  She made the start in all 53 games this season and completed the regular season tied for second in the Valley with 28 walks.

In the final series of the regular season at Northern Iowa, Frossard batted .600, including a perfect 2-for-2 effort in the finale.  She had the game-winning single in the April 1 victory over Belmont and launched her first home run in February against Eastern Kentucky.

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* Baseball Aces Rally Past Bellarmine, 6-5

University of Evansville fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug and junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse had back-to-back RBI base hits in the bottom of the seventh inning on Tuesday night to help the Purple Aces rally for a 6-5 win over the visiting Bellarmine Knights at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“Give credit to Bellarmine, I thought they played an outstanding game tonight,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll. “We were just able to put together some great at-bats there in the seventh inning to go ahead late. Then, our bullpen was outstanding tonight to help us secure the win.”

With Bellarmine leading 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, graduate third baseman Eric Roberts roped a lead-off single to right-center field. With Roberts running on a 3-1 pitch, Hug crushed a double that got past the Bellarmine right-fielder and two-hopped the wall in right to score Roberts from first and tie the game at 5-5. After a passed ball advanced Hug to third base, Fougerousse rocketed a ball up the middle to score Hug and give UE a 6-5 advantage.

From there, senior reliver Jakob Meyer (1-3) worked a scoreless eighth inning to cap two scoreless, hitless innings on the mound, and junior closer Nate Hardman worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the year and help Evansville improve to 29-19 overall.

Bellarmine opened the contest scoring a run in the first inning, only to have Evansville answer back with three in the bottom of the first, as UE took advantage of wildness from the Bellarmine starter to jump to an early lead. The Knights would not back down though, scoring two runs in the second inning on a two-out, two-run double by outfielder Dylan Byerly to tie the game at 3-3.

Roberts would lead off the bottom of the second inning with his first triple of the year to right-center field, and he came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Hug to give UE a 4-3 lead. The score would remain 4-3 until the fifth inning, when back-to-back two-out doubles by Bellarmine designated hitter Casey Sorg and second baseman Peyton Back gave the Knights a 5-4 lead. The score would remain 5-4 until the game-deciding bottom of the seventh inning.

Roberts and Fougerousse both had two hits for UE, with Roberts adding three runs. Hug drove in a pair for UE. Byerly paced the Bellarmine (11-38) attack by going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.

Evansville will return to Missouri Valley Conference play for its final home series of the 2023 season this weekend, as the Purple Aces will entertain the Bradley Braves at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium. The series will begin Friday night at 6 p.m. and continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday’s game will honor all mothers, as all moms will get in free to honor Mother’s Day. Sunday will be “Senior Day” for UE, as the Purple Aces will honor pitchers Jarrett Blunt, John MacCauley, and Michael Parks, outfielder Danny Borgstrom, utility player Eric Roberts, and catcher Max Malley prior to their final home baseball game at UE.

Friday’s and Sunday’s games can be seen on ESPN+, with Saturday’s game available on ESPN3. All three games can also be heard on 107.1 FM-WJPS and the Old National Bank/Purple Aces Sports Network from Learfield.

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* Softball faces Drake in MVC Championship opener

The Missouri Valley Conference Championship opens on Wednesday for the University of Evansville softball team with the Purple Aces facing Drake at 10 a.m. in Carbondale, Ill.  ESPN+ will have the live coverage.

UE at the MVC Championship
- This marks the third year in a row that the Aces will play in the opening game of the championship, which pits the 8th seed against the 9th
- UE took on Loyola in each of the last two MVC Championship openers with the Ramblers taking both games
- Evansville looks for its first win in the championship since 2013 when the 7th-seeded Aces advanced to the championship game where they fell to UNI by a score of 2-1
- The 2013 championship was the last time Evansville and Drake met at the tournament; UE won by a 2-1 final, defeating the #2 Bulldogs on their way to the final game

Last Time Out
- Scoring three runs in the first inning, Northern Iowa added six in the third to pull away for a 9-1 win on Sunday in Cedar Falls
- Zoe Frossard picked up an RBI single, scoring Alexa Davis in the top of the second
- Megan Brenton made the start with nine earned runs scoring in 2 2/3 innings

Finishing Strong
- Since March 19, Jess Willsey has batted .329 with 27 hits in 82 at-bats
- She has been even better over the last 11 games, hitting .382 in a stretch that included an 8-game hit streak
- The recent streak has vaulted Willsey into the team lead with a season mark of .282
- Willsey finished the Illinois State series with five hits in seven trips to the plate
- In game two against Southern Illinois, Willsey was a perfect 3-3 with four RBI in a 4-0 win for the Aces; the win came less than a day after SIU opened the series with a 17-1 victory
- Willsey has six home runs on the season, which is tied for second on the team

12-Game Hit Streak
- Between April 11 and April 30, Marah Wood posted a 12-game hit streak, which marked the longest for the Aces since Eryn Gould posted a 12-game streak in 2019
Marah Wood begins the weekend with a 12-game hit streak, which is the longest for the team in 2023
- During the streak, Wood recorded 18 hits in 43 at-bats (.419) while picking up multiple hits in five of those games
- It was the longest streak in her college career as she registered a hit in eight consecutive games in 2022.

Wrapping up her Career
- Batting .320 over the last eight games, senior Hannah Hood is wrapping up her senior season on a strong note
- She has accumulated 8 hits in her last 25 trips to the plate to improve her season mark to .270
- Hood earned MVC Player of the Week recognition on Feb. 21 after batting .571 with six runs, five walks, five RBI, four stolen bases and two home runs in the home-opening tournament

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* Baseball Aces Begin Final Homestand Tuesday Against Bellarmine

The University of Evansville baseball team will begin its final homestand of the 2023 season on Tuesday night, as the Purple Aces will try to complete a season-series sweep of the Bellarmine Knights at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium. First-pitch is set for 6 p.m. and Tuesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+.

The Purple Aces (28-19 overall) won the first meeting of the season against Bellarmine, 14-2, on March 15 in Louisville, Kentucky on the strength of home runs from senior infielder Brent Widder, sophomore outfielder Ty Rumsey, graduate utility player Eric Roberts and fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug. The home run has been a big part of UE’s attack this year, as Evansville has launched 62 home runs on the season. The Purple Aces have gone back-to-back games without a home run for just the fourth time this year entering Tuesday’s contest, and UE has not gone three game without a home run so far this season.

Leading Evansville’s home run parade this year is Roberts, who still leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 17 home runs. Roberts’ 17 home runs rank fifth-best all-time at UE in a single-season, and he has closed to within three home runs of Ed Kothera’s 1987 school record of 20 home runs.

Overall, Hug leads UE in hitting with a .332 average, with junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse second on the squad with a .298 average. Fougerousse has been UE’s hottest hitter over the last month, hitting .404 (23-for-57) with three doubles, four home runs, and 17 RBI over the last 16 contests. He has hit safely in five-straight games and in 15 of the last 16 games overall entering Tuesday night’s contest.

Bellarmine will enter Tuesday’s game at 11-37 overall. The Knights are trying to snap a 10-game losing streak, as Bellarmine’s last win was a 5-4 win at Lipscomb on April 21. Senior infielder Dylan Byerly is the Knights’ top hitter on the year with a .341 average this season. Two-way player Casey Sorg is second on the team with a .288 average, five home runs and 18 RBI, while also posting a 1.50 ERA on the mound.

Evansville will send graduate RHP John MacCauley (1-1, 7.58 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night in his second start of the year. MacCauley has not allowed a run in his last 6.2 innings of work over his last two appearances. He tossed three perfect innings last Wednesday in UE’s 4-1 win over Butler to open the month of May.

Tuesday’s game will open up the final homestand of the year for UE, as the Purple Aces will also host Bradley this weekend in a three-game Valley series to wrap up the 2023 home schedule.

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* Panthers defeat softball in regular season finale

Northern Iowa pitcher Kailyn Packard fanned nine batters and allowed just one hit in 4 2/3 innings of work to pace the Panthers to a 9-1 win over the University of Evansville softball team on Sunday at Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.

Another quick start saw UNI grab a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.  Addison McElrath capped off the scoring with a 2-run double.  Evansville cut into the deficit in the top of the second when Zoe Frossard singled to bring in Alexa Davis.  Davis was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame before stealing second and scoring on Frossard’s 1-out hit.

In the bottom of the third, UNI put the game out of reach with six runs scoring, all with two outs.  Following a walk and a single, Brooke Snider launched a 3-run shot to left center.  Another RBI single, coupled with two bases loaded walks, extended the lead to 9-1.

That would be the final score after five innings.  Megan Brenton made the start with all nine runs being charged to her.  She threw 2 2/3 innings.  Erin Kleffman tossed a scoreless 1 1/3 frames.  UE picked up one hit on the day with Frossard picking up a single.  Northern Iowa had seven hits in the game.

Following Sunday’s slate of Missouri Valley Conference games, the seedings for the conference tournament will be announced.

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* Waggoner's Ninth-Inning Double Gives Baseball Aces Series Win At Illinois State

University of Evansville sophomore catcher Evan Waggoner came through with a two-out RBI double in the top of the ninth inning Saturday to snap a scoreless tie and propel the Purple Aces to a 1-0 victory over the homestanding Illinois State Redbirds at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Illinois.

“What a ballgame!” said UE head coach Wes Carroll. “With the elements today and the stiff wind blowing in, we really had to battle and find a way today offensively, and both Simon Scherry and Evan Waggoner came up huge for us in the ninth inning against a very tough closer for Illinois State to help us get this win.

“I can’t say enough about the job that both Donovan Schultz and Michael Parks did in this game today to get us the series victory. Donnie had a great bounce-back effort today after a tough start last weekend, and Michael was able to tough it out after pitching last night to nail down the victory. We are positioned very well going into tomorrow pitching-wise to try and earn the series sweep.”

On a day with a 20 mile-per-hour wind blowing in a majority of the game, pitching was the story of the contest. UE junior LHP Donovan Schultz and Illinois State RHP Jayson Hibbard traded zeros back and forth all afternoon long through the first eight innings. The two hurlers mirrored each other through the first two innings, working around a one-out double in the first, and setting both teams down in order in the second.

Evansville threatened in the third, as sophomore outfielder Ty Rumsey had a one-out single and stole second base, but was stranded there as Hibbard worked out of trouble. Then, after striking out the side in the third inning, Schultz worked around a situation with two men in scoring position and only one out in the fourth inning, as he was aided by a great defensive play by junior shortstop Simon Scherry for a big second out, and got a ground out to first to escape the jam.

Schultz would toss seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Hibbard, meanwhile, would go eight scoreless innings for Illinois State, allowing six hits and striking out three.

The game would remain scoreless until the ninth, when Evansville was able to rally against Illinois State closer Elijah Dale (2-4). Scherry singled through the left side with two outs, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Waggoner then roped a double down the right-field line to easily score Scherry and give UE a 1-0 lead.

Parks, working his second inning for the second-straight day, was able to work around a lead-off single by Illinois State power-hitter Daniel Pacella by getting pinch-hitter Noah Rabin to hit into a double play with one out to end the contest.

Scherry and fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug both went 2-for-4 to lead Evansville offensively.

With the victory, Evansville wins the series and improves to 28-18 overall and 11-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois State, meanwhile, falls to 17-26 overall and 6-14 in the MVC with the loss. Evansville will try to sweep the season series on Sunday, as the two teams will battle at 1 p.m. in Normal, Illinois. Junior RHP Shane Harris (4-2, 5.67 ERA) will get the starting nod for Evansville.

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* Illinois State Salvages Series Finale With 7-2 Win Over Evansville

Illinois State outfielder J.T. Sokolove snapped a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the homestanding Redbirds added four insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings to salvage the series finale of a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series with a 7-2 win over the University of Evansville baseball team at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Illinois. Evansville still won the weekend series, 2-1.

“We just didn’t go out and earn the win today,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll. “They made some defensive plays that could’ve changed the direction of the game.

“It is still great to get a series win on the road in the Valley though.”

Evansville and Illinois State traded two runs each in the first two innings, as fifth-year outfielder Danny Borgstrom delivered a two-run single in the second inning for UE. Evansville nearly took the lead in the fifth inning, as graduate third baseman Eric Roberts blasted a ball to deep right field which Sokolove skied high above the fence to rob Roberts of a home run.

An inning later, Sokolove sent the first pitch he saw from UE reliever Jakob Meyer (0-3) over the wall in left field to break the 2-2 tie and give Illinois State a lead it would never lose. For Meyer, it was a rare home run allowed, as it was just the second round-tripper allowed in his UE career, with the first coming in 2020 in his first collegiate inning on the mound.

Illinois State would tack on a single run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly, before scoring three runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by outfielder Daniel Pacella and catcher Nick Strong to grab a 7-2 lead. Illinois State closer Elijah Dale retired all six men he faced in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his fifth save of the year and make a winner out of ISU starter Derek Salata (4-5).

Senior outfielder Mark Shallenberger went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the UE offense. Borgstrom, junior shortstop Simon Scherry and junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse had UE’s other three hits on the afternoon.

With the victory, Illinois State improves to 18-26 overall and 7-14 in the MVC. Evansville, meanwhile, falls to 28-19 overall and 11-10 in the Valley. The Purple Aces remain in fourth place in the league standings after Sunday’s action, with the top four teams earning a first-day bye in the conference tournament in three weeks. Evansville will return home on Tuesday night to host Bellarmine in a non-conference game. First-pitch is set for 6 p.m. and Tuesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+.

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* Baseball Aces Rout Redbirds In Series-Opener, 13-3

The University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 13 runs on Friday night, and junior starter Nick Smith posted another quality start on the mound, as the Purple Aces cruised to a 13-3 victory over the homestanding Illinois State Redbirds at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Illinois.

“Another great win on a Friday night to start a Valley weekend tonight,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll. “I thought that we played well in all three areas. So, the challenge is to put together three games in a row like this, unlike last weekend.

“It is important to show that we can perform like this multiple days in a row as we get closer to the conference tournament.”

Graduate third baseman Eric Roberts set the tone for the evening with a lead-off inside-the-park home run to right field to give UE an early 1-0 lead. The Purple Aces then exploded for five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a grand slam by fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug to push the lead to 6-0.

Illinois State would plate two runs against Smith in the third inning, but the Purple Aces would respond immediately with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run single by Hug to retake a six-run lead, 8-2. Smith (4-3) then locked in and retired the next 11 batters in order on the mound, before finishing his night allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings of work to pick up the victory.

Evansville added to its lead in the fifth inning with an RBI double by sophomore outfielder Ty Rumsey and an RBI single by Roberts. Junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse then added an RBI single to left field in the eighth inning to move the lead to 11-3, before fifth-year outfielder Danny Borgstrom capped the scoring with a two-run double down the right-field line in the ninth inning to provide the final margin of victory.

Roberts finished a triple shy of the cycle by going 3-for-6 with the inside-the-park home run and two RBI. Fougerousse also added three hits and an RBI, while Hug, Rumsey and junior designated hitter Brendan Hord all had two-hit efforts. Hug added a career-high six RBI.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 27-18 overall and 10-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois State, meanwhile, falls to 17-25 and 6-13 in the Valley with the loss. The two teams will continue the series on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. with a contest that can be heard live in the Tri-State area on 107.1 FM-WJPS and the Old National Bank/Purple Aces Sports Network from Learfield. Junior LHP Donovan Schultz (5-3, 4.02 ERA) is expected to get the start for UE.

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* School Records, PR Performances Highlight UE's Day At Billy Hayes Invitational

The University of Evansville track & field team broke a school record six different times on Friday, and multiple personal-best performances were set, as the Purple Aces had a strong day at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.

The assault on the school record book began in the day’s second event, as senior throwers Jaden Hayes (Huntingburg, Ind./Southridge) and Zach Dove (Princeton, Ind./Princeton Community) both broke the men’s school record in the discus event. Hayes broke the mark first with a toss of 49.33 meters (161’ 10”) on his third throw of the day, which was almost over five meters further than his previous-best mark of the season. Dove then came back two throws later to retake the school record with a toss of 49.79 meters (163’ 4”), as Dove and Hayes placed fifth and sixth respectively in the 15-competitor event.

Graduate student Antonia Lamond (Nutley, N.J./Paramus Catholic) then broke her own school record in the women’s hammer throw twice, becoming the first UE female to break the 40-meter barrier with throws of 41.28 and 41.51 meters (136’ 2”) to place ninth overall. Dove then became the first UE male to surpass the 50-meter mark, as he broke the men’s hammer throw record twice with tosses of 50.36 meters in the preliminary round and 50.79 meters (166’ 7”) on his final throw of the day to place seventh overall.

Hayes continued his outstanding day with an impressive performance in the men’s javelin to place fourth overall with a UE-season-best toss of 46.50 meters (152’ 7”). Hayes’ previous-best mark in the javelin was just 36.82 meters, but he launched a throw nearly 10 meters further on Friday, as he beat the Purple Aces’ best season mark in the javelin by over six meters. Sophomore Preston Riggs (Ft. Branch, Ind./Gibson Southern) also set a PR mark in the javelin with a throw of 43.85 meters (143’ 11”) to place seventh overall.

On the track, freshman Joey Taylor (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) had one of UE’s most impressive performances of the day, dropping nearly five seconds off of his season-best time in the men’s 800-meters to place 12th overall with a time of 1:55.97. Sophomore Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minn./Central) posted UE’s best individual finish of the day on the track with an eighth-place finish in the men’s 1,500-meters with a solid time of 4:02.53, while freshman Jose Ocampo (Monterrey, Mexico) also posted a time of 53.02 in the men’s 400-meters.

UE will return to action next weekend by wrapping up the 2023 outdoor season at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships in Normal, Illinois. The three-day meet will begin on Friday.

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* Frossard picks up two hits versus UNI

Zoe Frossard had a perfect 2-for-2 showing from the plate in the University of Evansville’s 8-0 loss to Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon at Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.

Frossard picked up two of the Purple Aces’ three hits with Lacy Smith adding one of her own.  Making the start for UE was Mikayla Jolly.  She threw two innings with seven runs, five earned, scoring.  Erin Kleffman tossed the duration with one run scoring in 2 1/3 frames.

UNI wasted little time in taking the lead as Mya Dodge launched a 2-run home run with two outs in the first to put her squad on top.  The Panthers did the most damage in the second with five runs scoring on three hits.  Madison Parks hit a 2-run double to highlight the stretch with UNI extending its lead to 7-0.

Smith and Frossard picked up hits in the early innings while Alexa Davis drew a walk in the fourth.  Davis stole second to get into scoring position before being stranded on base.  Frossard added a bunt single in the top half of the fifth.

In the bottom of the 5th, Northern Iowa put the finishing touch on the 8-0 win with Maggie Erpelding scoring on a sacrifice fly to end the game.  Pitcher Anna Wsichnowski earned the win for UNI.  She allowed three hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Tomorrow, the teams meet up at noon for the series finale.

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* UE softball falls in series opener at UNI

Northern Iowa pitcher Samantha Heyer tossed a perfect game on Friday to lead the Panthers to an 8-0 victory over the University of Evansville softball team at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.

Heyer struck out 10 Purple Aces batters in the contest.  Sydney Weatherford made the start for Evansville with seven runs, six earned, scoring in four innings.  Paige McAllister recorded the final two outs of the game.

Following a scoreless opening frame, the Panthers plated a run on a UE error in the second.  Two more runs scored in the third before four crossed the plate in the fourth to make it 7-0.  Daryn Lamprecht had an RBI double in the frame.

In the fifth, UNI put the finishing touches on the win as their 8th run crossed the plate on a Madison Parks single to seal the 8-0 win.

On Saturday, the squads meet up for a 2 p.m. game.

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