UE News and Notes for May 19, 2013

—I received a few voicemails this week upon announcements that UE would add another pair of guards — Christian Benzon and Tyler Ptacek — to a recruiting class that already had two point guards and a small forward. But that’s essentially what Aces coaches had to replace with both its starting guards and small forward graduating, plus 6-foot-4 Lews Jones who often started at the four spot. Also remember David Howard will also start this fall as a redshirt freshman. There’s a lingering notion that UE can’t sign size, but the Aces have all they need for now. Coach Marty Simmons needed guards.

—UE’s baseball team starts its Missouri Valley Conference tournament run at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Missouri State, which took a series 2-1 against the Aces earlier this season. Look for more in the coming days advancing UE’s draw and chances. For now, check out a tournament lowdown (and bracket) here.

—The MVC’s decision to play its 2014 baseball tournament at Indiana State raised eyebrows this week. The Sycamores have renovated their facilities recently, though what’s in Terre Haute still can’t match Wichita State. And that has the Shockers’ athletic director saying the league needs to reevaluate its standards.

—The major high school all-star events have yet to be played — mainly the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star games in June that will feature both a men’s and women’s UE signee — but four of them will compete the week before in a gym known for its role in the movie “Hoosiers.”

—Rising sophomore Egidijus Mockevicius, a fan favorite and all-MVC freshman teamer last season, will spend his summer in Evansville rather than his native Lithuania. Mockevicius is working for the Evansville Otters baseball organization, performing a number of jobs. On Friday — opening night — he served as an usher. Look for the tall guy in a white shirt out at Bosse Field.

—Former UE shortstop Eric Stamets, now playing for the Class A Inland Empire 66ers in California, earned honors as the Los Angeles Angels system’s defensive player of the month, the Angels announced this week. “It’s an honor,” said Stamets, who recorded 83 assists in the month and a .976 fielding percentage in April. “I love it that the stuff that doesn’t normally show up in the stat sheet is getting recognized.” Stamets’ manager, Bill Haselman, said, “He might win it every month.”

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