University of Evansville


Monday, March 4, 2024

* Important University Logo Information

The Office of Marketing would like to remind the campus community of some guidelines regarding the University of Evansville and Purple Aces logos. If your department or student organization is using a University-related logo in any materials (print, digital, or swag), please review the important guidelines below.

  • If you are making a logo for your department or organization and it will include the UE, Aces, or Ace Purple logos, it must be designed or approved by Marketing.
  • All University-related logos must be sent through the Office of Marketing for approval.
  • All logos must follow UE brand guidelines, which are outlined on our area’s webpage. See pages 28-39 of the brand guidelines document for full details.
  • UE-affiliated logos should not be distorted or modified in any way. This includes changing the color (unless using white, black, or purple), stretching it, or changing the font next to the UE block.
  • If you are seeking a temporary change to the University’s logos for a specific holiday or cause, approval must be obtained from the Director of Marketing in advance.

As a reminder, the Office of Marketing webpage serves as a toolbox for helpful brand information and assets. This includes our logos in JPG and PNG format, font info and links, the University’s color palette, style guide (for writing), Zoom backgrounds, email signature and PowerPoint templates, and more.

If you want to request a logo for your area – or any other marketing-related materials – you can submit these at any time through Lytho, our digital workflow system.

Should you have any questions about the University brand or logos, please contact Brook Moffat, Director of Marketing, at

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* Exemplary Teacher Award

Dr. David Green, professor of History at Harlaxton College, was presented the Exemplary Teacher Award at the Spring Faculty Meeting on Thursday, February 29. The award recognizes exceptional achievements in the classroom by creating distinctive opportunities and promoting intellectual, moral, social, and emotional growth of our students.  Dr. Green teaches British Studies and medieval history at Harlaxton and exemplifies these traits through his student interaction and teaching.

Congratulations, Dr. Green!

Submitted by Paula Heldt

Upcoming Events

* SKIN DEEP Art Exhibit

Did you know that tatooing is one of the greatest (and oldest) human artistic expressions?

The current exhibit in the Krannert Gallery, "SKIN DEEP", features the tatoo work and paintings of six local artists.  The Gallery is open Mon - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Sun. from noon - 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception in Krannert Gallery on Thursday March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Submitted by Carol McCraney

Changemaker Corner

* 2023 Emerging ChangeLab Coach of the Year

Emerging ChangeLab Coach of the Year: Omid Khormali. Designed to recognize someone who has made an outsized impact early on as a Coach.

Congratulations to Dr. Omid Khormali who was selected as the 2023 Emerging ChangeLab Coach of the Year. The award, which was designed to recognize someone who has made an outsized impact early on as a coach, reflects the achievements of the Data Analytics in the Real Word ChangeLab that Professor Khormali coaches. Recently, students in this course have analyzed data for the US Forestry Service, producing an app that will allow the USFS to better allocate resources in solving forest fires and invasive species problems.

The Center for Innovation & Change is very proud to work with coaches like Dr. Khormali in helping make the world a better place!

Submitted by Andrew Carter
* 2023 ChangeLab Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Cindy Crowe who was selected as the 2023 ChangeLab Coach of the Year.  The award, which was designed to recognize someone who has dedicated a sustained amount of time to helping their students make a significant impact, reflects the achievements of the Latino Community Outreach ChangeLab that Professor Crowe coaches. The ChangeLab focuses on healthcare and education and works with healthcare providers, local schools, and various nonprofit organizations to encourage the study of Spanish and to promote diversity and multicultural harmony. ChangeLab students choose the projects in which they have the most interest. Dr. Crowe encourages native/heritage/first generation students as well as students who are studying Spanish to sign up for the fall CHNG-310-S02 Latino Community Outreach and/or to contact her for more details at

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Info You Should Know

* Professor Mullins to Compete in March Madness Essay Competition

Every year, a group of 64 writers write essays about a specific music genre: this year, March Danceness will feature songs from the oughts! Katie Darby Mullins's essay is about Robbie Williams's "Rock DJ" and how she decided to be uncool and have fun. Please read her essay and vote at the link so she can get to the next round, and follow her on her social media if you want updates on the competition!

Submitted by Katie Mullins
* Phys 121 Offered Summer Session 1

PHYS 121 – Algebra Physics 1 will be offered as an online asynchronous class during Summer Session 1 (May 13 – June 14, 2024).

If you have questions about these courses, please contact Dr. John Stamm via email:

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* Summer 1 and 2: Outcome 5 with Writing Option

MUS-156, "Music in America" will be offered in summer sessions 1 and 2 as an asynchronous online course fulfilling Outcome 5.

The newly created MUS-157 offers the same content but fulfills both Outcome 5 and the Writing Across the Curriculum overlay. MUS-157 will also be offered in summer 1 and 2 as an asynchronous online course.

Contact Dr. Strandberg (ks532) with any questions.

Submitted by Kristen Strandberg
* UE Pride Camp needs your support

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* Summer Computer Science Courses

SECS will be offering CS-101: Introduction to Computer Science and CS-210: Fundamentals of Programming I this summer during Summer Session I (May 13-June 14).  Sign up today to hold your spot!

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* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards.”  These awards will be presented at the 31st Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2024.  Invitations will be prepared by the Center for Student Engagement.

Awards from the Dean of Students Office are presented in the following categories:

  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • Student Organization of the Year
  • Student Leader of the Year

Our student organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support.  The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 22, 2024.  Click on this link to submit your nomination:

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students office at 812-488-2500 or by e-mail via

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements!

Submitted by Alyson Roblero
* Financial Aid for Summer Courses

UE students seeking financial aid or intending to use loan funds for summer courses at UE should complete a Summer Financial Aid Application and return it to the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted 105) however is most convenient by April 25, 2024. The application will allow our office to assess your financial aid and loan eligibility.


On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal Work-Study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications will be available within the Student Employment area of Self-Service.

Submitted by Amy Sowders
* Getting Involved with UEclipse

Activities are being planned for Monday, April 8, beginning at 11:00 a.m. as the eclipse approaches totality at 2:02 p.m. If you or your student organization is interested in providing an activity, please contact Kelsey Rowland at and copy Paula Heldt at by March 1.

Learn more about the eclipse by visiting,

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* GBHEM United Methodist Scholarship Application Deadline

The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry awards scholarships to United Methodist college students in the United States. The Fall 2024 deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 13th. To apply or get more information about the application process, visit

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* FREE, confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing at the Student Health Center

Free, confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing at the Student Health Center, first Wednesday of every month, from 9-11am. No appointment necessary. All students and faculty welcome!

Walmart giftcards available while supplies last!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich


* UE Professor Presents Keynote at National Conference

University of Evansville professor Dr. Cindy Crowe was selected to present the keynote speech along with Emory University professor Dr. Yun Kim at the 2024 Phi Sigma Iota Conference in February.

Phi Sigma Iota, founded in 1922, is the International Foreign Language Honor Society and the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. UE's Epsilon Beta Chapter was installed on April 8, 2000.

Dr. Kim, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Emory, presented her research on the neurological and cognitive benefits of multilingualism. Dr. Crowe, Assistant Professor of Spanish, presented from her research on the individual and societal advantages of foreign language learning, factors that influence students’ choice of major, and initiatives to strengthen world language programs.

“It was a privilege to speak on the importance of language study to an audience comprised of university foreign language professors and students," said Dr. Crowe. "I am hopeful that some of the research I shared might be useful as we collectively strive to enhance our world language programs at a time when the challenges of our contemporary global society necessitate an understanding of languages and cultures.”

“To meet these global challenges, we strongly encourage our UE students to continue their foreign language studies past the required level so they may obtain all the benefits of language study and connect with cultures other than their own in order to build bridges and intercultural harmony."

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Katie Darby Mullins has essay published at Barrelhouse

Professor Katie Mullins had an essay come out called "Song and Dance Man" through Barrelhouse Books. This piece is an exploration of her early adolescent obsession with Andy Kaufman and anti-comedy which seems inexplicably linked to the back brace she had to wear through middle school. The essay spans her years of chronic pain with no diagnosis, her eventual stroke, and how jokes that aren't funny, because of her life experience, always seemed to make her laugh.

Submitted by Katie Mullins
* UE Professor Publishes Biographical Website

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, recently published "Josephine Mirabella Elliott: Historian, Librarian, Teacher." The subject was well known for her research and publications pertaining to historic New Harmony, located about 25 miles west of Evansville. For example, in 1994, the Indiana Historical Society published her 1200-page book Partners for Posterity.  Before her death in 2002, she and her work were featured in Evansville and Posey County newspapers. Born to Italian parents in Chicago in 1912, she attended the University of Chicago High School and received two degrees from the University itself.  There she met and eventually married John Elliott, who was an archaeologist before World War II, after which he inherited a farm in New Harmony and became a civic leader in both New Harmony and Evansville. The website is based largely on extensive correspondence between Josephine and John during 1931-1945, now archived in the famous Working Men's Institute Library in New Harmony, where Josephine worked for many years. Replete with photos from as early as 1925, the website can be accessed here:

Submitted by Clark Kimberling
* Congratulations to newly inducted members of International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta

The University of Evansville chapter of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta held an Induction Ceremony on February 26th to confer certificates to 15 members. Congratulations to Liam Allen, Samantha Anderson, Destini Beckham, Grace Burnell, Hayden Chrapek, Willow Kruggel, Devon Mathews, Zorah Mehrzad, Ceci Odenbaugh, Jarett Osborne, Olivia Oswald, Emily Palmisano, Heather Rak, Emily Schwartz, and Sam Tarter on their academic excellence in the field of literary studies!

Submitted by Sara Petrosillo


* Softball completes Low Country Classic

Sunday’s finale of the Low Country Classic saw the University of Evansville softball team drop a 13-6 game to Buffalo.

The Bulls opened the game with 6-spot in the top half of the first inning, chasing UE starter Mikayla Jolly after just 2/3 of an inning.  Tianna Williams and Alyssa Wasielewski each had 2-RBI hits in the frame.  Three runs in the third and two more in the fourth extended the UB lead to 11-0.

Evansville got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Jess Willsey hit a leadoff home run to left center.  Marah Wood and Hannah Hood each posted hits in the inning with Brooke Voss later picking up a RBI.  Zoe Frossard drew a bases loaded walk for the fourth run of the frame before Willsey singled with two outs to make it an 11-5 game.

In the fifth inning, both squads scored a single run with UE’s coming from a Hood single.  The final run for the Bulls scored and that would make it the final of 13-6.  UB out-hit the Aces by an 18-7 margin with four different players picking up three hits apiece.

Willsey recorded three of the Purple Aces’ seven hits.  UE is home on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader versus Lindenwood.

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* Baseball Aces Win Series With 10-9 Victory Over Purdue Fort Wayne

The University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 10 unanswered runs over a three-inning stretch on Sunday, and then the Purple Aces held on for a 10-9 victory over the visiting Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“We got down 5-0 today, and our offense had no panic in them at all and they just went to work,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “We got that three-spot in the second inning to get back into things, and then they just went to work in both the third and fourth innings to grab the lead.  I am really proud of the effort the offense had today.

“Anytime you can win three out of four games on a weekend, you will take it.  Four-game series are always tough.  I really liked the energy that we had in our dugout today in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings today, as even after a long weekend, our guys really wanted it.”

Purdue Fort Wayne jumped to a 5-0 lead after their first two trips to the plate, before Evansville began a stretch of scoring 10 unanswered runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse opened the scoring with an RBI double to center field, before scoring on an infield single by junior outfielder Ty Rumsey.  Freshman second baseman Brodie Peart then came through with an RBI double to cut the PFW lead to 5-3.

Fougerousse tied the game in the third inning with a two-run single, before Evansville grabbed a lead it would never lose in the fourth inning.  Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger produced an RBI single to open the scoring, before senior shortstop Simon Scherry and junior designated hitter Cal McGinnis delivered back-to-back RBI singles to push UE’s lead to 8-5.  Graduate catcher Brendan Hord followed with an RBI double, before junior outfielder Harrison Taubert pushed across UE’s tenth run of the day on a run-scoring fielder’s choice.

Purdue Fort Wayne would rally for two runs each in the sixth and eighth innings to trim the UE lead to 10-9, but that would be as close as they would get, as sophomore reliever Max Hansmann came on to retire the final four men he faced in order with two strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.

Fougerousse, Shallenberger, McGinnis, and Rumsey all produced two-hit days to lead the Purple Aces offensively.  Fougerousse also drove in three runs.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 7-5 on the 2024 season.  The Purple Aces are off this week before returning to action on Friday, as UE will travel to traditional Southeastern Conference powerhouse Mississippi State for a three-game series.  Game one of the series will begin at 6 p.m. and the entire series can be seen on the SEC Network+ streaming service.

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* UE women's basketball overpowered by Belmont

In the final road game of the season, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team couldn’t find its way past the Belmont Bruins in the 80-55 loss.

The Purple Aces struggled to contain the Bruins offense on Sunday afternoon in their final road match-up of the 2023-2024 season. Two players for UE ended the game in double figures as forward Maggie Hartwig led the team with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Nevaeh Thomas was the other Evansville player with double figures while also drawing a team-high eight fouls.

The Aces got off to a quick start at Curb Event Center, leading early on a second-chance layup from Hartwig. Belmont responded with a seven-point run that was ended by guard Kynidi Mason Striverson’s first three of the afternoon. The teams traded buckets over the next three minutes. Thomas ended the back-and-forth pace with a three-point play to tie the game. But the Bruins ended the quarter on a seven-point run to retake the lead.

It took UE almost two minutes to find the basket in the second quarter as Belmont grew its lead to double digits. Evansville got the deficit back down into single digits on a five-point run midway through the second. But the Bruins responded with a brief run to regrow the lead. Mason Striverson hit another three with a little over two minutes left in the half making it a 10-point game. But the Aces wouldn’t score the rest of the half, heading into the locker room down by 16.

The teams traded shots to begin the second half until Belmont had an eight-point run over three minutes. Both squads struggled to make shots in the final seven minutes of the third quarter. UE had three points over the final three minutes while the Bruins had just two. Evansville headed into the final 10 minutes in Nashville trailing by 22.

The Aces had their best offensive quarter of the game in the fourth, adding 20 points over 10 minutes. Hartwig took over the game for UE with seven points in the first three minutes of the quarter while Evansville had its largest run of the game with six points.  But Belmont responded with a three-point run followed by an eight-point run for a 27-point lead. The Aces chipped away at the lead over the final four minutes, but eventually fell to the Bruins 80-55.

While Hartwig led UE in both scoring and rebounding, Mason Striverson came an assist shy of a career game. The sophomore guard added eight assists in Nashville while Thomas led the team with three steals. Thomas also recorded Evansville’s lone block of the game.

The Aces will wrap up the 2023-24 season at home with their two final games in Meeks Family Fieldhouse. UE will first welcome the regular season champions Drake to Evansville on Thursday night. Tip-off for the Aces against the Bulldogs is set for 6 p.m. on March 7.

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* Bruins defeat Aces in regular season finale

Finishing the day shooting an even 50% from the field, Belmont defeated the University of Evansville men’s basketball team by a final score of 83-66 on Sunday afternoon in the Curb Event Center.

Three Purple Aces reached double figures with Josh Hughes pacing the team with 15 points.  He connected on six of his 11 attempts including three triples.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. was just behind with 14 points while Cam Haffner finished with 10.  Hughes and Strawbridge led the Purple Aces with eight rebounds apiece.  Five Bruins scored in double digits with Ja’Kobi Gillespie recording a game-high 18 points.

“We were able to mix some different groups and show a few different schemes today and gave ourselves a chance to compete.  I thought we started very well, especially on the defensive side,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “Belmont is a great team and we knew they would come back.  They punched us in the mouth a little bit but our guys never gave up and kept fighting.”

Josh Hughes had it going in the early moments, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to give the Purple Aces a 6-0 lead.  Defensively, UE held the Bruins to a 0-for-4 start from the field with Kenny Strawbridge Jr. connecting on a layup to solidify an 8-0 lead before the first media timeout of the game.

After getting on the board, Belmont scored seven in a row to cut their deficit to 8-7 at the 14:10 mark.  Evansville continued to set the pace as a layup from Antonio Thomas pushed the lead to 12-7 before his first 3-point make of the game pushed the lead to 17-9 just past the midway point of the half.

Belmont stormed back to tie the score with an 8-0 stretch inside of the 8-minute mark before Gage Bobe hit from downtown to put the lead right back in the Aces hands.  A 9-0 run by the Bruins saw them take their first lead of the day at 26-20 as the period entered its final five minutes.  Their largest advantage came after a three in the final seconds of the half that made it a 38-26 game at the break.

Out of the half, the Bruins scored 15 of the first 19 points to open a 53-30 lead.  With 10:30 left in the game, their lead reached 26 points at 67-41.  Evansville continued to play hard, posting the next seven tallies as Hughes knocked down another triple.  Things continued to hover around 20 points with the Aces getting within 17 and Belmont pushing the lead to 22 in the final three minutes.

In the end, the final deficit finished at 17 as Belmont took the game by a final of 83-66.  BU shot 50% on the day with the Aces finishing at 36.2%.

Arch Madness will begin on Thursday with the Aces entering as the #10 seed and facing the #7 seed Illinois State in St. Louis.  Tip is set for 6 p.m.

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* UE Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Purdue Fort Wayne

After dropping the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, the University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 16 runs in the nightcap and freshman left-hander Kenton Deverman continued to dazzle on the mound, as the Purple Aces split a doubleheader with the visiting Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“The first game really got away from us, but I really liked the way that we bounced back in game two,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Throughout the course of a series and a season, momentum can be stopped or created by the guy in the center of the diamond, and I thought that Kenton Deverman really did a great job of getting the momentum back in our dugout in game two.

“Overall, a great effort both offensively and on the mound in game two.  We need to carry that momentum over to Sunday, as it is a big game for us.”

Deverman set the tone early for UE in game two, as he allowed just a walk through the first two innings.  Evansville then took advantage of a Mastodon error to plate three runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a two-out, three-run home run to right field by junior outfielder Ty Rumsey.

UE would double the lead to 6-0 in the third inning after another scoreless frame from Deverman, as junior second baseman Cal McGinnis capped a string of three-straight UE base hits with an RBI single to score the inning’s first run.  Then, junior outfielder Harrison Taubert laced a two-run double two batters leader to extend the lead to 6-0.

Evansville blew things open in the fifth inning, as the Purple Aces plated eight runs on eight hits while sending 13 men to the plate.  Graduate third baseman Brent Widder delivered the big blow of the inning with a titanic three-run home run to left-field into the netting that protects the Lloyd Expressway for his fourth home run of the year.  UE would add a single run in the sixth inning on a Ben Stuart pinch-hit double and a Purdue Fort Wayne error to move the lead to 15-0.

The Mastodons would finally get to Deverman for three runs in the seventh inning to end his outing, but the freshman yielded just three runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings of work.  Of the eight hits, he allowed only four through the first six innings, with three of them being infield singles.  In fact, Deverman allowed just four balls total to leave the infield against him through the first six innings of work.

Taubert capped the scoring for UE in the seventh inning with his second RBI double of the night, as he went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI to lead the Purple Aces’ offense.  McGinnis and graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger also had three-hit nights, and all nine UE starters collected hits, as Evansville pounded out 20 base hits.

The game two win was needed for UE after Purdue Fort Wayne took the opener on Saturday, 11-3.  Freshman second baseman Brodie Peart was a bright spot in game one, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.  Evansville actually led 3-2 after four innings, but a five-run fifth inning broke things open for the Mastodons in the opener.

The two teams will conclude the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with a single contest.  Freshman left-hander Kevin Reed (1-0, 5.00 ERA) will get the start for the Purple Aces.

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* Aces complete second day in Charleston

Day two of the Low Country Classic saw the University of Evansville softball team put up a pair of late inning rallies before dropping contests to Wofford and the College of Charleston

Game 1 - Wofford 4, UE 3

In a battle that went down to the wire, Wofford scored two runs in the bottom of the 6th and overcame a late Purple Aces rally to take the 4-3 win.

Marah Wood reached on an error and Brooke Voss walked to put runners on in the first but it was Wofford striking first with a run in the bottom half of the 2nd.  Evansville looked to bounce right back as Zoe Frossard and Kaylee Lawson picked up UE's first two hits of the game but could not get on the board.

Looking to tie the game in the 5th, the Aces put two runners on once again including a single by Wood before the Terriers escaped unscathed.  They broke through in the bottom of the frame when the second run of the game scored on a fielder's choice.

Jess Willsey led off the top of the 6th with a double as the Aces would finally be able to cash in.  Jenna Nink scored Willsey on a 1-out single through the right side before a double by Niki Bode brought in Nink to knot the score at 2-2.

Just as fast as UE tied the game, Wofford stormed back with two runs to retake the lead.  After loading the bases with no outs, the Terriers plated the go-ahead scores.  Down to their final three outs, the Aces rallied in the 7th when Abby Bode led off with a single before scoring on a RBI knock from Frossard.  Unfortunately, the Aces stranded the tying run and fell by the 4-3 final.

Mikayla Jolly had another nice start, allowing two runs in five innings.  Elle Jarrett took the loss, giving up two runs in the 6th.  Evansville mustered eight hits with Frossard recording a pair.

Game 2 – Charleston 11, UE 4

The offense for the College of Charleston scored in all six of its innings and finished with an 11-4 victory on Saturday evening.

Evansville wasted little time getting in the second game, plating the first run in the top of the first.  Marah Wood and Zoe Frossard picked up early walks before a Jess Willsey single loaded the bases.  Wood crossed the plate on a wild pitch to open the scoring before two runners were left stranded.

Charleston countered with a pair of scores in the bottom of the first with both crossing the plate on a Shealyn Starks double.  They tacked on three more runs in the second and two in the third to open a 7-1 advantage.  UE got closer in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs crossing the plate.  Dori Brown notched an RBI single in the frame while Abby Bode would late score on a wild pitch to make it a 7-3 game.  Bode added a sacrifice fly in the fifth for the Aces’ fourth run of the game.

Despite Evansville’s best efforts, the Cougars continued to rack up the runs, completing the sixth inning with an 11-4 lead.  UE made one last attempt to come back with Jenna Nink and Niki Bode opening the 7th with walks, but a double play quickly halted the threat with Charleston winning by the 11-4 final.

UE’s offense outhit its counterpart by a 10-8 margin, but three Aces errors turned into runs on the other side.  Willsey, Hood and Abby Bode notched two hits apiece.  Elle Jarrett made the start, allowing five runs in just over an inning of work.

The weekend tournament comes to a close with a 10 a.m. CT game versus Buffalo on Sunday morning.

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* UE Baseball Roars Past Purdue Fort Wayne, 18-5, In Series Opener

After falling behind early, the University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 16 unanswered runs on Friday night, as the Purple Aces cruised to an 18-5 victory over the visiting Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“Tonight was an overall great effort by our team,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Our offense really picked us up, as throwing up 18 runs on a Friday is not easy to do.  We had quality at-bats up and down our lineup, but it really starts with our lead-off man Mark Shallenberger.  He had five quality at-bats in six trips to the plate, and lined out in his only time he didn’t reach base.  He was locked in tonight.

“I also thought that the job that Ethan Bell tonight was huge.  For him to come in and put up goose eggs was really key for us not only tonight, but to set up our pitching for the rest of the weekend with it being a four-game series.  I am just really proud of the effort all the way around tonight.”

Evansville jumped up early, as graduate third baseman Brent Widder launched a two-run home run to left-center field two batters into the first inning to give UE a 2-0 lead.  Purdue Fort Wayne was able to rally for a run in the second inning and four in the third inning to grab a 5-2 lead, but the lead would be short-lived.

Evansville rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third inning to retake the lead.  Graduate designated hitter Brendan Hord started the rally with an RBI double, before junior outfielder Ty Rumsey came through with an RBI single two batters later to get UE back within a run at 5-4.  Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger then followed two batters later with a two-run single to give UE a lead it would never lose.

UE tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning on a two-out, three-run double by Rumsey to push the lead to 9-5.  A four-run fifth inning moved the lead to 13-5, as senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse and senior shortstop Simon Scherry had back-to-back RBI hits in the frame, and Rumsey added another RBI single.  The Aces would finally explode for five runs in the eighth inning to cap the scoring, as Shallenberger had an RBI single and Scherry added a grand slam to left field for his first home run of the year.

While UE’s offense was on fire, so too was redshirt sophomore reliever Ethan Bell.  Pressed into action in the third inning with a runner on base and one out, Bell recorded the final two outs of the third inning and then mowed through the Purdue Fort Wayne lineup with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.  Bell allowed just a lone single in his outing, while striking out six men to pick up his second win of the year and improve to 2-0 overall.  Graduate reliever Jace Kressin and junior reliever Drew Fieger pitched the final three innings scoreless to nail down the victory.

Scherry went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBI, while Rumsey went 3-for-5 with five RBI to help lead UE.  Shallenberger also reached base five times by going 2-for-3 with two hit-by-pitches, three runs scored and three RBI.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 5-4 on the season, while Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-7.  The two teams will continue the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.  Senior RHP Nick Smith and freshman LHP Kenton Deverman are scheduled to start the twinbill for UE.

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* Regular season finale set for Sunday at Belmont

Regular season play comes to a close on Sunday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be in Nashville to face Belmont at the Curb Event Center.  Tip is set for 4 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Season Win Notes          

- For the first time in five seasons, the Purple Aces have won double digit games, earning win #10 of 2023 with an 82-51 victory over Tennessee Tech on Dec. 20

- With the win, UE clinched its first 10-win season since earning 11 victories in 2018-19; the 10th win also doubled the win total from the entirety of last season

- UE earned its 12th win of the season on Jan. 27 against Illinois State; it is the first time UE has won 12 games since 2017-18

- When UE racked up its 11th win on Jan. 17, the program won as many games this season as the last two years combined

- Victories over Chattanooga and SEMO in the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Classic saw the Purple Aces improve to 6-0 on the season

- It is the first time UE has won its first six games since the 1964-65 undefeated national championship team

Last Time Out

- Shooting 50.8% on the night, Indiana State picked up an 85-67 win over UE in Wednesday’s home finale

- Seniors Gage Bobe, Kenny Strawbridge Jr., Antonio Thomas and Yacine Toumi were recognized during Senior Night festivities

- Strawbridge led UE with 14 points while Bobe and Tanner Cuff scored 10 apiece

- Toumi recorded 9 points and a team-high 8 boards

Finishing on a High Note

- As the regular season comes to a close, Gage Bobe is playing his best basketball of the season and finished with 10 points on Senior Night

-  He hit 3 of his 5 outside attempts against the Sycamores and has hit a triple in 7 consecutive games, shooting 56.5% (13-of-23)

- At UIC, he was a perfect 4-for-4 from long range on his way to 12 points; it tied his season mark of 12, which came at home against Murray State where he was also 4-for-4 from outside

Double Digits

- Tanner Cuff scored 10 points in the home finale and has now picked up 9+ points in 7 of the last 11 games while averaging 9.1 PPG (100 points) over that span

- In the home win over UIC, he recorded a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting

- Over the last 13 games, Cuff has 21 assists and 11 turnovers; the 6 games prior saw him post 6 assists and 10 turnovers

Finishing Strong

- Wednesday’s home finale saw Yacine Toumi finish with a solid 9 points and 8 rebounds

- In the two prior games, he averaged 5.0 points and 4.5 caroms

- After scoring 20 points three times at UE, Toumi reset his high with 22 points against UIC on 8-of-10 shooting

- His season shooting mark of 55.2% ranks 6th in the MVC

Scouting the Opponent

- Belmont and Evansville meet up for the only time in the regular season in the final contest before Arch Madness

- The Bruins stand at 18-12 overall while going 11-8 through 19 MVC contests

- In its last week of action, Belmont earned a 93-78 home win over Missouri State before beating Murray State on the road by an 83-61 final

- Three players average double digits with Ja’Kobi Gillespie leading the way with 17.5 points per game while Malik Dia is just behind with 17.4 PPG

- Cade Tyson checks in with 16.7 points and a team-high 6.0 caroms per contest

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* Softball falls to Buffalo in late innings

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Buffalo scored two runs and would hang on for a 3-2 win over the University of Evansville softball team in the opening game of the Low Country Classic.  The late afternoon contest against Charleston was canceled due to weather.

Evansville had a big start in the top of the first with Marah Wood getting things going.  After reaching on a leadoff walk, Wood stole second before advancing to third when Zoe Frossard reached on an error.  Frossard went on to steal second while Jess Willsey walked to load the bases for Jenna Nink.  She came through with a big 2-RBI single to give the Purple Aces a 2-0 lead.

Another scoring opportunity came for UE in the fourth when Hannah Hood reached on a leadoff single. Callie Meinel added a second single in the frame before Buffalo escaped without allowing any further damage.  The offense for the Bulls picked up its first run of the game in the top of the fourth before putting forth another threat in the fifth.

Buffalo picked up three hits to load the bases, but a strong throw by Lacy Smith in left field threw out the potential tying run at home, securing the 1-run lead for the Aces.  Jess Willsey picked up a hit in the top half of the sixth as UE looked to add some insurance.  Brooke Voss also walked in the inning but a foul out and fly out kept the score at 2-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Buffalo broke through with two runs on a pair of hits to take their first lead of the day.  Evansville went down in order in the top of the seventh as Buffalo took the win.  Alexis Lucyshyn picked up three of UB’s eight hits in the game.  Julia Tarantino threw a complete game for UB, giving up four hits and two runs, just one being earned.

Mikayla Jolly made the start for UE and threw three scoreless frames and gave up just two hits.  Megan Brenton suffered the loss with a run scoring in the final inning.

On Saturday, Evansville will face Wofford and Charleston.

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* Aces women's basketball falls at Murray State

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team struggled to keep up with the Murray State Racers' physical play in an 85-59 loss.

Freshman forward Neveah Thomas led the Aces in almost every statistical category on Friday night with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high four assists. UE led for the first quarter in their penultimate road game of the season but couldn’t hang on in the following 10 minutes. Three Evansville players ended the night in double figures as Thomas, guard Kynidi Mason Striverson, and forward Maggie Hartwig all had 10+ point games.

The Aces got to a hot start with an early three from guard Lexie Sinclair. Buckets from outside the arc kept UE in front early as it was an even game in the paint between the two teams. Evansville's largest quarter lead came only three minutes into the game with a six-point advantage. Murray State responded with a brief run but a free throw and a third three from guard Kynidi Mason Striverson had the Aces back up by four. The quarter ended with traded shots until UE had back-to-back field goals in the final minute to head into the second quarter up by five.

Evansville got the first points in the second as well, making it a seven-point lead for the team’s largest of the half. But the Racers began to find their shooting outside the arc, making two threes in 30 seconds to cut the lead down to only one. The lead was traded twice before Murray State ended the half on a 14 to two run putting the Aces at an 11-point deficit.

Guard Julia Palomo had the first bucket of the second half to make it a single-digit game again. The Racers were able to respond with a three and a layup to make it a 14-point game. UE put together a four-point run to get back within 10 before the teams traded points for a minute. Murray State had another quick run that ended with Evansville’s last four points of the quarter from forward Maggie Hartwig. The third ended with a six-point Racer run, making it a 20-point game.

The Aces got most of their early points in the fourth quarter at the line, going four of four in the first two minutes. UE picked up its first field goal of the final frame at 6:19 from Thomas in the paint. The teams mostly traded points down the stretch as Murray State held onto a 20+ lead the entire quarter.  Evansville ended the game at the line as Mason Striverson split free throws for the 85-59 final.

The Aces will play their final road game of the season on Sunday afternoon in the Music City. UE visits Belmont for a 1 p.m. tip-off on Sunday, March 3.

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