—UE’s baseball team gave No. 12 Indiana all it wanted in a 10-8 Hoosiers win Tuesday at Braun Stadium. The Aces trailed by six runs on two different occasions but rallied to tie before leaving the bases loaded in the ninth on a perfect weather night and in front of a big crowd. UE continues mid-week play with a 3 p.m. game today at Murray State.
—The Aces will play today without junior Jake Mahon, just as they will the rest of this season. Mahon broke a bone in his wrist during last Friday’s win over Southern Illinois. He had surgery on Monday, and recovery time for a broken hamate bone is six weeks. Mahon, a former two- and three-hole hitter, currently has the Aces’ second best batting average (.330) and on base percentage (.425).
—The Aces’ softball team, which hosts Middle Tennessee State today in a 1 p.m. doubleheader, will do so fielding the program’s likely single-season stolen bases record holder by the year’s end. Tamara Robey, a Reitz High School graduate, is within single digits of setting a new mark with 19 games to go. How does she do it? The swift center fielder explained.
—The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Illinois-Chicago is in fact in talks with the Missouri Valley Conference about potential membership, but discussions haven’t gone as far as an invitation as some stories suggested last week. A statement from the Horizon League school’s athletic director said: “It’s my understanding that at least three other schools were approached regarding possible membership as well. At this point, it’s a very exploratory process. We’re having ongoing conversations and exchanging information. There has been no invite from the Missouri Valley, and no announcement regarding any change in UIC’s conference affiliation is imminent.”
—At this point, there doesn’t appear any way to follow Colt Ryan’s run at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in real time. The pro scouting combine does post box scores, which I’ll relay nightly after his games. Ryan’s team plays its first game at 6 p.m. Thursday when he faces a squad that expects to have Indiana’s Christian Watford and Louisville’s Peyton Siva, among others.
—Former UE coach Jim Crews has been in the news quite a bit over the last year for what he’s done at Saint Louis since Rick Majerus stepped down and later died in December during the Billikens’ season. There’s plenty of evidence of the type of person Crews was before that all happened, some of which can be found within a sports devotional he worked on with a local pastor that’s now out.
—Ahead of next week’s signing period, which begins Wednesday, basketball recruiting pages on the blog are updated with men’s info here and women’s info here. Not much to add about the men, who have two scholarships available (and coach Marty Simmons has said he’d like to fill them). The women will use all six of their available scholarships, signing two more players to add to the four inked in November.