UE News and Notes for May 22, 2013

After Tuesday’s loss to Missouri State that opened UE’s Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament run, the fifth-seeded Aces are back at 12:30 p.m. today to face No. 8 seed Bradley in an elimination game. UE took two of three from Bradley during the teams’ regular-season series, including game one with left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland on the mound. Freeland (3-8, 4.59 earned run average) will make the start for the Aces today.

—Other MVC tournament matchups today are yesterday’s winners: No. 6 Indiana State and No. 7 Southern Illinois at 4 p.m. as well as No. 4 Missouri State and No. 1 Illinois State at 7:30 p.m. The other elimination game, which started with a lightning delay, matches up No. 3 Creighton and No. 2 Wichita State. ESPN3.com will broadcast all games from Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.

—Junior outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski’s first-team all-MVC selection highlighted five Aces to earn distinctions from the league at this week’s tournament. Senior pitchers Kyle Lloyd and Jake Naumann found spots on the second team along with senior catcher Chris Pearson, and senior outfielder Jason Hockemeyer earned honorable mention recognition.

—I’m told UE will likely announce today the final member of its 2013 men’s baseball recruiting class, Padua Christian (Ohio) High School point guard Tyler Ptacek. Ptacek’s paperwork is in, and I’ll have comment from coach Marty Simmons and Ptacek, one of five incoming freshmen this fall, once the school releases the information.

—The man accused of making threats toward UE athletics and the Evansville Police Department entered the news again Tuesday when 24-year-old Naquan Powell’s attorney, John Brinson, said the remarks are free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution. Powell’s tweet at UE athletics – “We can’t get any type of mental health help in this damn town. I bet they’d wanna help us if we shoot up a @UEAthletics game tho.” — forced cancellation of a baseball game earlier this spring, and Powell was arrested.

Wichita State’s athletic department claimed the MVC’s all-sports trophy for the 2012-2013 sports season, marking its seventh crown in the last 10 years. The Shockers finished in the top three in 14 of 15 sports its sponsors, with the lone exception softball, and claimed four MVC championships.

—There are no numbers yet, and I don’t know if UE discloses that kind of information anyway, but the athletic department hosted its Purple Aces Club golf outing Tuesday at Quail Crossing Golf Club in Boonville, Ind. The event benefits the school’s athletic scholarship fund.

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