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Friday, April 8, 2011

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* UE Theatre Presents The Farnsworth Invention

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre announces a powerful closing to its 2010-2011 season - The Farnsworth Invention, by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, opening Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre.  The Farnsworth Invention is directed by R. Scott Lank, professor of theatre.  Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, 14, 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. on April 10 and 17.  The University of Evansville’s production marks the play’s debut by a university theatre department.
          
The Farnsworth Invention is a theatrical and compelling story revolving around the genesis of television.  Tension abounds between a visionary farm boy from Idaho and a Russian-born broadcasting tycoon, as they become unlikely adversaries in their pursuit of technological innovation.  Both men had big dreams for small screens, and their efforts changed the future of America and its bedfellow of corporate greed.
          
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students and UE faculty. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon the day of the performance they wish to attend. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
 

* Department of Chemistry Hosting Guest Speaker

The Department of Chemistry will be hosting Dr. Nick Manicke as a visiting speaker on Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in Room 101 in Koch Center.  Nick is a graduate of the University of Evansville and is currently a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University.  He will be giving a talk on “"Biomedical Applications of Mass Spectrometry: Ambient Ionization and Miniature Instruments."  The campus community is invited.

 

Upcoming Events

* Everyone Invited to University Worship Sunday!

Everyone is invited to attend University Worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we observe the fifth Sunday in Lent.  Music will be led by UE student/Keyboard Scholar Joe Luegers, University Organist Douglas Reed, and Schola Cantorum. The University Chaplain will preach on: "Six Feet Under," John 11: 1 - 45. Donuts and coffee bar open at 10 a.m.!
 

* UEAAA 2011 Annual Luncheon

The University of Evansville African American Alumni (UEAAA) 2011 annual luncheon is set for Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. The Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship will be awarded at the luncheon to a deserving African American UE student.  For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 488-2586 or alumni@evansville.edu
 

* Brent Sternberg to Speak to Finance Students

Brent Sternberg, CFA, Senior Vice President, Director of Equities, Old National Wealth Management and UE alum, will talk to students in Professor Walayet A. Khan's finance classes on April 13. The presentation will be at 4 p.m. in Room 170 in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. The title of his presentation will be  “Positioning Clients for a Global Economic Recovery”. Old National Wealth Management has approximately $6 billion in assets under supervision.  Brent joined Old National in 1997, became a CFA charter holder in 2004, and currently serves on the University of Evansville Alumni Board of Directors.
 

* UE PRIDE Hosts Religion & Sexuality Panel

PRIDE has planned a religion and sexuality panel discussion for Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  It will bring together leaders of Christian, Jewish, and other faiths to create a diverse panel discussion about the relationship between religion and sexuality.

Local religious leaders such as Rev. Dr. Tammy Gieselman (UE Chaplain) and Dr. Dianne Oliver (UE Associate Professor of Religion) will be part of the panel, along with Rabbi Helen Bar-Yaacov (Temple Adath B'nai Israel) and Rev. Phil Hoy (Zion UCC).  They will discuss what they, their church, and their religion says about GLBTQ issues. Panelists will detail both opinion and policy within their organization. After each speaker, the audience is invited to ask questions.

In past years, this event has been a huge success, with attendance of some very prominent and supportive leaders. If you want to know more about how GLBTQ people stand in church, at Mass, at synagogue or even in our own UE chapel, you should come to this event.

 

* Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Movie: The Passion of the Christ

One man. One world. One Passion. Come watch The Passion of the Christ on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. Intervarsity invites you to get a glimpse of the life of Jesus Christ through this film and discuss his lasting impact on our lives today. Admission is free and door prizes will be given. Honors students will be given .5 points for attending both the movie and the discussion.
 

* Come to Car Talk!

On Saturday, April 9, from 2-4 p.m., at the Hale basketball court, the Hale and Morton/Brentano staff will host Car Talk; a Define Your Life event designed to give you everything you ever wanted to know about cars!  Car salesmen and other knowledgeable professionals will be there passing out knowledge like candy at a parade!  Car Talk is free and is sure to be fun and informative for everyone!  Participants will learn about changing, inflating, and caring for tires, measuring air pressure, and when and why to rotate tires. They will find out about changing oil and oil filters, changing batteries, how to jump start a car,and  head lights, spark plugs,and fuses. There will be information on antifreeze, and replacing wiper blades and fluid. Learn about insurance, buying/selling/financing/leasing a car and related expenses, how to not get swindled, emergency preparedness kits, campus services for drivers, local car shops/dealers and more!!

* Senior Voice Recital

Senior vocal performance major Kelci Dalayne Scott will present a vocal recital on Saturday April 9 in Wheeler Concert Hall at 1 p.m.  Admission is free.  The program will include the music of Puccini, Verdi, Hadyn, Barber, Massenet, and many more. Scott will graduate this May and plans to attend graduate school for music performance in the fall.  

* Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion Weekend to be Celebrated at UE April 15 and 16

All former and future Harlaxton students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in activities planned for the Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion weekend.   Check out the full schedule of events at http://www.evansville.edu/harlaxtonsociety/reunionweekend.cfm.  As you’ll note, Dr. Bujak will be at UE for the weekend and making a few presentations.  These events have no charge and do not require registration. 

Other interest/educational sessions scheduled include:

Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. – The Gardens of Harlaxton by Dr. Mark Valenzuela, Eykamp Hall
Friday, April 15 at 4 p.m. – Life in the Grand Manor by Dr. Edward Bujak, Eykamp
Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. – Up the Naked Mile and Down Memory Lane led by Dr. James MacLeod and Dr. Michael Carson, Eykamp Hall
Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. – Harlaxton Then and Now Panel Discussion, Eykamp Hall

Over 100 alumni from a variety of schools have already registered – including many members of the original class.  Some Harlaxton alums are coming from as far away as Turkey.  There will be many opportunities to meet new people and share Harlaxton stories.  Everyone’s invited to share in the celebration.  Questions?  Contact alumni@evansville.edu or extension 2586. 

 

Info You Should Know

* Schmidt Opera Series and Student Recitals Highlight Weekend

The Department of Music’s Schmidt Opera Series will present two one-act operas in Wheeler Concert Hall tonight and tomorrow, April 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m.  Some 17 Department of Music students will participate both evenings in performances of Robert Ward’s Roman Fever and Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica.  Associate Professor of Voice and Opera Jon Truitt will conduct the performances, and pianist Kristin Jones will provide accompaniment for the productions.  The performances are made possible by the Schmidt Opera Series and are free and open to the public.

Three Department of Music students will present their Senior Recitals in Wheeler Concert Hall tomorrow afternoon.  Soprano Kelci Scott will perform at 1 p.m., soprano Merrill Bradford will perform at 2:30 p.m., and violinist Alayna Faulkenberg will perform at 4 p.m.  All student recitals are free and open to the public.

Next week in music, the University Choir will offer a concert entitled “Symphonies of Psalms” in Neu Chapel on Tuesday evening, April 12, at 7:30 p..  Under the baton of Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, the choir will perform Bach’s Cantata 131, “Aus der Tiefen rufe ich zu dir” (based on Psalm 130), with Assistant Professor of Voice Gregory Rike and Associate Professor of Voice Jon Truitt as soloists.  Select singers from North and Harrison High Schools will then join the choir for a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.  The orchestra will feature UE faculty, students, and members of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the concert is free and open to the public.
 

* Sunset Concert

Sunset Concert will be held on Friday, April 15. The only dinner service that day will be at the concert. This year the menu will be a taco bar with beef, chicken and beans and all the toppings. You can purchase your meal ticket between now and the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased with a  meal, flex dollars, cash or credit. If purchasing without using a meal the cost is $8.35.

 

* Holy Week Services

Save the dates!!  Holy Week Services in Neu Chapel are: Holy Thursday, "Service of Darkness," in Neu Chapel, April 21 at 9 p.m., and Easter Sunday, "Festival of the Resurrection," in Neu Chapel, April 24 at 10:30 a.m
 

* Attend Athletic Events and Win Prizes!

Students can attend upcoming athletic events and register to win prizes courtesy of the Athletic Department. Today the women’s tennis team plays Creighton at the Carson Center at 2 p.m.  Students who attend this game can sign-up for the chance to win a flip HD video camera.  The drawing will take place around 4:30 p.m. and you must be present to win.  Look for the registration table located at the tennis court! Also, students who attend the softball game on April 16 - Aces vs. Illinois State - and April 20 - Aces vs. Southern Illinois - will have the chance to win a gift card.  You’ll need to sign-up at the marketing table by the press box. Those that attend the games on April 16, 20 and April 30 and sign-up will have the chance to win an iPod shuffle.

The concession stand will offer $1 popcorn at the baseball and softball games on April 9 and 16 and with free admission for students - it’s very affordable.

Finally, the first 25 students to attend the softball game on May t will receive an orange Aces T-shirt.

Remember ALL athletic events are free with your UE student ID card so come and enjoy the great spring weather and show your UE spirit!


 

* Reminder: Great Colleges to Work For Survey Deadline

The University of Evansville is once again participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2011 Great Colleges to Work For program.  This particular survey is designed to obtain feedback from faculty and administrators. If you have been selected to participate in the confidential survey, please do before the deadline: Friday, April 15.

The Chronicle will be publishing a special issue this summer detailing the program findings and recognizing those institutions that are leading the way in their commitment to creating great workplaces.  Afterward, President Kazee and the cabinet will receive a "Topline" report that summarizes overall responses to fifteen survey themes. The results of this survey play an important role in the assessment process, so your honest feedback is critical to the assessment.

This link will take you to the survey page where you will enter your unique user name and password provided in an e-mail invitation to participate:  https://www.modernthink.net/chroniclegreatcolleges .

If you need assistance or have lost your password, please call the toll-free Help Desk at 888-684-4658 or e-mail  surveys@modernthink.com and cc to chronicle@modernthink.com. If you do not receive timely assistance, please e-mail Lucy Himstedt in University Relations at LH133.

 

* Harlaxton Art Exhibit in Krannert Gallery April 2011

To coincide with the UE Harlaxton 40th Anniversary Reunion Weekend, an exhibit of Harlaxton inspired art work is on display in Krannert Gallery during April 2011. A variety of former faculty members and students from UE, Western Kentucky, and USI have submitted works. They include: Gretchen Bies, William Brown, Kim Pazuk Butcher, Alaina Clingman, Joe Flauto, Brelyn Holmes, Ella Combs-Larmann, Katrina Layer, Leslie Nichols, Michael Nichols, Carolyn Roth, Dana Samson, Amanda Topper, Kayla Troutman, Kathryn Waters and Julie Wilson.
 

* Friends of WUEV

In conjunction with celebrating its 60th anniversary on the airwaves, 91.5 F.M.-WUEV, the campus radio station of the University of Evansville, is proud to announce the formation of the “Friends of WUEV.”  To kick-off the “Friends of WUEV” program, WUEV will be conducting a week-long fund drive at the station from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 11 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, with WUEV staff members being in studio for all 24 hours of all seven days of the drive.

“As a non-commercial, educational radio station, WUEV relies heavily on support from both public and private donors to remain a viable learning experience for UE students,” said WUEV general manager Tom Benson.  “With the ‘Friends of WUEV’ program, we hope to not only help ensure the future of the station as a learning experience for future UE students, but we hope to also develop a better relationship with our listeners and alumni. 

“WUEV has a strong tradition of having a loyal listener fan base and alumni group.  We hope that with this fund drive and the ‘Friends of WUEV’ program that we will get to better know our listeners and alumni and help them feel better connected with our radio station and the students who form the WUEV staff.” 

All funds raised from the “Friends of WUEV” group will go directly to benefit the radio station and assist with the operating budget for the station.  The “Friends of WUEV” program will feature various levels of giving for both individuals and corporations.  For more information on the “Friends of WUEV” program, please visit WUEV’s website, www.wuev.org.

WUEV is the only home for jazz music in the Tri-State area, but WUEV also features top 40 music in the evenings with “Today’s Best Music” from 6-9 p.m., rap and hip-hop with “Party Lights” on the weekends from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and alternative and rock music with “The Other Side” from 9 p.m. through 1 a.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays.  WUEV also features shows for such music genres as blues (A Case of the Blues, Saturdays from 12-6 p.m.), Christian rock (The Light, Sundays from 12-4 p.m.), world music (World Safari, Sundays from 4-9 p.m.) and children’s music (Rated G, Saturdays from 8-11 a.m.), while also being the home for University of Evansville athletics.  WUEV began serving the Tri-State area on April 1, 1951, and has won numerous awards for outstanding radio service and production over its 60-year existence.
 

* Interdisciplinary Studies Major Information Available

Sample documents and templates for students and advisors who are interested in the interdisciplinary studies major are now available on AceLink in the Academics section of Areas :

http://acelink.evansville.edu/Areas/Interdisciplinary/.

 

* Attention UE Students: Financial Aid Calendar for 2011-12

FAFSA: Please respond immediately to any requests you receive from the Office of Financial Aid to correct your FAFSA or provide verification documents. Students may still file the 2011-12 FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid, including federal student loans.

Need financial aid for summer courses? If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for summer courses at UE, please make an appointment in the Office of Financial Aid to meet with a counselor. We will help you examine your options. You may stop by to schedule an appointment (Olmsted Hall, room 116), or set up a time though the financial aid receptionist at cm98@evansville.edu.

Checking grades and credit hours earned in May: After the completion of the spring semester, we will review students’ academic records to determine if they have met the requirements known as Satisfactory Academic Progress (see Financial Aid FAQs page for details). Students who are deficient in meeting these standards are notified immediately via mail and are ineligible for any form of aid (including loans) until the deficiencies are corrected.

June: Financial Aid Notification Letters are mailed in late June to your preferred address on file. Please make sure that your preferred address is accurate in UE’s system.  

 

* Marvin E Hartig Memorial Scholarship

Family, friends, and loved ones of Dr. Marvin E. Hartig announce the application process for the Marvin E Hartig Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship will be awarded each year to a rising sophomore student with demonstrated financial need, as shown by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Preference will be given to a student who works while being enrolled full-time.

Applications will be disbursed via UE email in early April to all rising sophomores, who have earned at least 30 credit hours.  Applications should be returned to the University of Evansville Office of Financial Aid by June 1, with decision announced by Aug.1.

Send any questions to JoAnn Laugel, Director of Financial Aid, at JL25@evansville.edu or call (812) 488-2364.

This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Marvin E Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville Chapter of the American Institute for Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor.  In 1974 Dr. Hartig was appointed dean of academic services.  He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years. 

Congratulations

* UE Student Athletes Honored for Grades and Community Service

The University of Evansville celebrated National Student-Athlete Day this week by acknowledging more than 60 student-athletes who have compiled a grade point average of 3.0 or better and volunteered more than 10 hours for community service projects. In its 14th year, National Student-Athlete Day is a program of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) that celebrates the achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have excelled in academics while making significant contributions to their schools and communities.

Here is the list of UEstudent-athletes who were honored this week:

Zach Taylor, Baseball; Matthew Wilkinson, Baseball; Colt Ryan, Men's Basketball; Kevin Todd, Men's Cross Country; Brian Denny, Men's Cross Country; Jake Schwartz, Men's Cross Country; Matthew Hamilton, Men's Cross Country; Michael Sainz, Men's Golf; Alex Kapsalis, Men's Soccer;

Robert Randant, Men's Soccer; Brandon Causey, Men's Soccer; Trevor Schmidt, Men's Soccer; Mike Luttrull, Men's Soccer; Ryan Robinson, Men's Soccer; Mallet Reid, Men's Swim & Dive; Kyle Tiemann, Men's Swim & Dive; Jordan Lewis, Women's Basketball; Meagan Collins, Women's Basketball;

Staci Gillum, Women's Basketball; Stephanie Bamberger, Women's Basketball; Briyana Blair, Women's Basketball; Taylor Ware, Women's Basketball; Chelsea Falkenstein, Women's Basketball; Tailae Yeung, Women's Cross Country; Andrea Wolf, Women's Cross Country;

Shelby Cron, Women's Cross Country; Jaclyn Dippel, Women's Cross Country; Maria Lynn, Women's Cross Country; Lauren Schaftlein, Women's Cross Country; Nicole Kreuzman, Women's Cross Country;

Amy Smith, Women's Cross Country; Melissa Truex, Women's Cross Country; Kelby Jenkins, Women's Cross Country; Jacqueline Carlson, Women's Cross Country; Allison Aguilera, Softball; Breana Beine, Women's Soccer; Samantha Conrad, Women's Soccer; Kasey Cartwright, Women's Soccer;

Danielle Langness, Women's Soccer; Susan McKinley, Women's Soccer; Colleen Marty, Women's Soccer; Stephanie Thompson, Women's Soccer; Emily Schultz, Women's Soccer; Phoebe Hodina, Women's Swim & Dive; Caitlin Harty, Women's Swim & Dive; Kelsey Costales, Women's Tennis;

Dora Kotsiou, Women's Tennis; Aleksandra Dzakula, Women's Tennis; Ashton Schwerin, Women's Tennis; Kate Chybowski, Women's Tennis; Kathryn Klages, Volleyball; Jennifer Murphy, Volleyball; April Lubrecht, Volleyball; Viera Rajcan, Volleyball; Jessica Knackmuhs, Volleyball;

Hannah Wilson, Volleyball; Kaisi Nixon, Volleyball; Ellen Sawin, Volleyball; Caitlin Wickes, Volleyball; Brooke Maher, Volleyball; Rachel Tenhoor, Volleyball

* Phi Sigma Iota Induction of New Members

The Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony on Sunday , April 3.  Eleven students were inducted into membership, representing four languages. New members include Rebecca Bernard, Kenzie George, Deirdre Gillen, Jacob Kahle, Ashley Majewski, Erica Marburger, Caitlyn Mumm, Jenna Rice, Megan Seymour, Samantha Stevens and Lauren Wahl.  Faculty advisor Ann Baker gave the opening remarks and welcomed the new members.  The 2010-2011 officers and members, President Andrea Timperman, Vice President Sarah Williams, Treasurer Andrea Weber and Susan McKinley, conducted the ceremony.  The University of Evansville Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants, Nélida Devesa-Gómez and  Ruslan Bergenov, served as keynote speakers for the event.   A dessert reception for members, initiates and their families and friends followed the ceremony. Phi Sigma Iota is a national honor society whose members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in foreign languages.   The Epsilon Beta chapter has initiated 134 members since it was installed here on April 8..

 

Athletics

* UE Baseball Opens MVC Play with Salukis Friday

With a 17-9 record and cruising with a five-game win-streak, the University of Evansville baseball team will open Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with the visiting Southern Illinois Salukis. The three-game series begins Friday at 6 p.m. at Braun Stadium, and continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

LAST OUTING/RESULTS
Wed. 4/6/11 - Evansville 5, SIU Edwardsville 3
Evansville built a 5-0 lead, piloted by the pitching of sophomore Josh Biggs and home runs by senior Cody Fick and junior Trentt Copeland, as the Aces held off SIU Edwardsville for a 5-3 win Wednesday night at Braun Stadium. Biggs (1-0) threw six scoreless innings on the mound to earn his first win of the season, allowing three hits, two walks, while striking out four. The sophomore did not allow a single SIUE player past first base. Fick led Evansville at the plate with his 3-for-3 performance, including two runs scored and two runs batted in on a home run and two singles.

Tue. 4/5/11 – Evansville 24, Austin Peay 3
The Aces’ offense exploded in the third inning, scoring 13 runs, including back-to-back home runs by seniors Greg Wallace and Cody Fick, as the University of Evansville went on to defeat Austin Peay, 24-3, Tuesday night in Clarksville, Tenn. Evansville tagged the Governors for 20 hits, including seven doubles and four home runs; two for Fick, and one each for Wallace and senior Ryan Oesterle. The Aces also tallied a season-high 18 RBI, led by Wallaces’ four. Freshman Ryan Billo (2-0) earned the win, throwing five innings, allowing a run on five scattered hits, while striking out five. Classmates Sam Bohon and Tyler Miller split the remaining innings. Miller pitched a perfect eighth and ninth innings, striking out four-of-six batters faced.

THIS WEEKEND’S SCHEDULE
Fri., April 8 vs. Southern Illinois 6:00 p.m. Live Stats
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Sat., April 9 vs. Southern Illinois  2:00 p.m. Live Stats
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Sun., April 10 vs. Southern Illinois 1:00 p.m. Live Stats
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PITCHING PROBABALES
1: RHP Kyle Lloyd (2-2, 5.15 ERA) vs. RHP Camerson Maldonado (2-4, 6.61 ERA)
2: LHP Cole Isom (3-2, 4.26 ERA) vs. LHP Cody Forsythe (2-3, 2.61 ERA)
3: RHP Cody Fick (5-0, 1.91 ERA) vs. LHP Brad Drust (0-2, 4.60 ERA)

SCOUTING THE SALUKIS
Southern Illinois (8-19, 0-0 MVC) comes off Wednesday’s 9-0 victory over Murray State. The Salukis hit three home runs and got six shutout innings from senior pitcher Andrew Bever in route to the win. Southern's three home runs are the most in a game this year and it is just the second time the Salukis have had a multi-home run game. SIU is 4-6 in the last 10 games and 2-3 in the last five, falling to Murray State, 5-2, in a home-and-home series sandwiched around a three-game series with Kennesaw State in which the Salukis went 1-2. As a team, SIU owns a .267 batting average led by Chris Murphy (.319), Wes Neece (.311), and Jordan Sivertsen (.301). Sivertsen leads the club with four home runs, seven doubles, and 22 RBI on the season. The Salukis pitching staff has a combined 4.45 ERA, piloted by Cody Forsythe (2-3, 2.61 ERA) who is scheduled to start Saturday’s game. As a team, SIU has only stolen 16 bases (16-25) compared to UE’s 58.

ALL-TIME SERIES
The Aces trail the all-time series with Southern Illinois, 55-88. Playing in Carbondale last year, Evansville went 1-2 against the Salukis, winning game one 14-2, then falling 8-6 and 6-4 in the final two contests. Cody Fick’s grand slam in the eighth inning of the first game keyed a nine-run explosion for the Purple Aces, and UE tied a school single-game record with eight doubles, as the Aces cruised to a 14-2 run-rule victory in eight innings over SIU. Despite losing the series, Fick (6-for-12, HR, 7 RBI), Trentt Copeland (5-for-12) and Nate Smith (5-for-12, 4 2B, 4 RBI) hit especially well versus SIU and look to repeat that performance this weekend.

MVC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE
Senior Jared Baehl has been selected as the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, announced by Commissioner Doug Elgin Wednesday. Baehl hit .368 last week with a .632 slugging percentage as Evansville went 4-1, including a three-game series sweep over IPFW. Baehl started every game in left field and recorded a perfect fielding percentage with 12 putouts. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI, a triple, and double in UE’s midweek contest at Saint Louis. The Poseyville, Ind. native recorded at least one hit in each game versus IPFW, going 2-for-4 in game one with a triple, two RBI, and a run scored. He also tallied two hits, two RBI and a run scored in UE’s 14-6 win over the Mastodons. On the season, Baehl is hitting .340 and has also excelled in the classroom with a 3.32 cumulative GPA in Management.

STREAKING
Senior Cody Fick is on an 11-game hitting streak, recording multiple hits in 10 of those 11. Eric Stamets has recorded a hit in 24 of UE’s 26 games, starting the season with a 14-game streak. He went hitless in two games versus Michigan State, and is now on another streak, recording at least one in each of the past 10 games. Senior Jared Baehl has also been seeing the ball well, hitting in each of the past six contests.

STOP! THIEF!
The Aces stole 17 bases last week and a season-high eight in their 11-0 win over IPFW, led by senior Ty Legan’s three and sophomore Eric Stamets’ two. Stamets was successful in four of five attempts this last week, and currently leads the MVC with 19 stolen bases on the season. On the year, UE has swiped 58 bases as a team (58-82), while holding opponents to just 31 (31-42).

HOME RUN CLUB
Welcome Trentt Copeland to the 2011 Aces’ home run club! The junior belted a second inning solo shot against SIUE Wednesday night, his first of the season and fifth of his career. Greg Wallace (6), Cody Fick (6), Ryan Oesterle (4), Jared Baehl (1), and Eric Stamets (1) have also knocked at least one out of the park this spring. Fick’s fourth inning leadoff homer vs. the Cougars and two towering slams at Austin Peay gives him 34 career dingers, passing Ed Kothera (1985-87) on UE’s career leaders list for second all-time. Fick is now six home runs shy of Jeff Starks’ (1979-82) program record of 40. A transfer from Jefferson College, Fick has been able to reach second all-time in just three seasons with the Aces. In 2010, the Freeburg, Mo. native belted 19 home runs, one shy of tying UE’s single-season record.

TURN TWO
UE has made 33 double plays this season, while hitting into just 11. The duo of Stamets at short and Copeland at second has been spectacular, turning two 16 times up the middle this year. Stamets has had a hand in a team-high 19 double plays and leads the club with 90 assists. The sophomore set UE’s single-season assist record last season with 226. As a team, UE broke the program record in 2010 for defensive double plays with 69.

MR. CLUTCH
There is nobody better to have at the plate than Cody Fick when the Aces have ducks on the pond. Fick is a whopping 14-for-15 (.933) when there’s a runner on third and less than two outs, almost always picking up an RBI. With any runners on base, he is hitting .533 (32-for-60) and with runners in scoring position he is 21-for-43 (.488).

HOT BATS
Seven of UE’s players are currently hitting well above .300 on the season. Third baseman Cody Fick (.423), right fielder Nate Smith (.407), centerfielder Greg Wallace (.360), shortstop Eric Stamets (.327), left fielder Jared Baehl (.340), first baseman Ryan Oesterle (.333), and utility player Ty Legan (.300) lead the Aces’ bats.

LET’S GET SOME RUNS
Scoring 185 runs so far this season, the Evansville offense has allowed its pitching staff some room for error. When the Aces hold their opponent to less than six runs, they have a perfect 15-0 record.


 

* Aces Travel To Terre Haute For Series With The Sycamores

The University of Evansville softball team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend to take on the Indiana State Sycamores in the fourth weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. The two teams will go head-to-head in a doubleheader Saturday before concluding the series with a third game on Sunday. Both days are slated to start at 11 a.m.

The Aces (7-27) are looking to snap a five-game losing streak after most recently dropping a pair of tough midweek games to No. 16 Missouri.

Evansville currently sits at the bottom of the MVC standings with a conference record of 1-8 after having faced Creighton, Northern Iowa and first place Drake already in Valley play. Those three teams have so far compiled a combined record of 18-5 in conference contests. Evansville's lone win came in the form of a 4-2 victory over Creighton in the opening day of conference play.

Indiana State enters the weekend ranked seventh in the MVC with a 2-6 conference record after being swept by Drake and Missouri State. The Sycamores notched their first pair of Valley wins last weekend against Wichita State.

Senior Jen Stahlhut leads the Evansville offense and ranks sixth in the MVC with a .347 batting average. Stahlhut hit her third home run of the season to lead off Wednesday?s first game against Mizzou, marking her second first inning leadoff homer of the season.

Sophomore Alicia Betancur sent her first home run of the season over the centerfield wall in game one against the Tigers. Betancur ended the day going 2-for-5 at the plate and is now hitting .253 on the season with 17 runs scored.

Junior Amy Gaertner tallied her ninth double of the season Wednesday, bringing her season batting average to .277. Gaertner leads UE in doubles and has tallied a team-high four home runs so far this season.

Scouting the Sycamores
Indiana State Sycamores (11-17, 2-6 Missouri Valley) The Sycamores bring a three-game losing streak into this weekend's series after most recently falling to Southeast Missouri State twice in a Wednesday's doubleheader.

The Sycamores are hitting .259 as a team with 10 home runs. Alex Baumgart leads the Sycamore lineup, batting .351 at the plate with 26 hits and a .442 on base percentage. Baumgart is also ranked second in the Valley with 11 stolen bases on the year. Bailey Wittenauer is the Sycamores' leading slugger, pacing the team in nearly every offensive category. Wittenauer is batting .314 with four home runs, 23 RBI and 44 total bases.

The Sycamores' pitching staff consists of three arms that share fairly equal time on the mound. Kristen Felker has seen the most innings in the circle, posting a 2.71 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 64.2 innings of work. Sara Evans and Lindsey Beisser will most likely both make appearances this weekend. The three have compiled a team ERA of 3.39 with an opponent batting average of .265.

 

* Tennis Team News

The University of Evansville tennis team goes after its second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference victory Friday when the Purple Aces (8-4, 1-0) host the Creighton University Bluejays (8-5, 0-1) at Carson Center at 2 p.m.  Then on Sunday, the Aces host two-time defending MVC champion Wichita State at 10 a.m.  Evansville plays seven times in the next 15 days, with six of the seven against MVC opponents.

Evansville is led by the 11-1 record of number one singles player Kate Chybowski, an all-MVC selection in 2008 and 2010.  Carolyn Caire is 9-3 overall in singles, including 5-2 at number five.  Aleksandra Dzakula and Pin Sorensen have combined for the best doubles record, compiling a 7-2 mark at number two.  For Creighton, Sarah Cadwallader is 10-2 at number six singles and 10-3 overall.  Mary McMullan has a 9-3 record at five, and is 9-4 overall.

 

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