—UE outfielder Jason Hockemeyer struck out five times in a loss last week at Western Kentucky. Less than a week later, the senior found himself on base five times to continue his hitting streak in a win over Tennessee-Martin. “A big part of it was that I talked to Cody Fick, our (assistant) coach, and he just brought things back down to Earth,” Hockemeyer said. “It made me realize it’s baseball. Things happen. You just need to regroup and refocus on the task.”
—The Aces (12-16), winners of three of four games including last weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference series against Bradley, head to Belmont (20-6) tonight for a 6 p.m. first pitch. Click here for live stats and here for streaming video (the Bruins’ athletic department didn’t list a radio link).
—More baseball: Former UE shortstop Eric Stamets made the Los Angeles Angels’ high-A affiliate Inland Empire 66ers roster. “Two of the most talented players are expected to be the double play combination for the 66ers, Alex Yarbrough and Eric Stamets who both were drafted from the college ranks in the Angels first four picks in 2012,” the team’s news release reads. The 66ers’ season opens Thursday.
—UE can at least say it lost to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament’s eventual champion. East Carolina won at Weber State by a 77-74 score Tuesday night, sealing it on this buzzer-beating 3-point shot in front of more than 10,000 fans.
—Now that the Aces’ season is over, players have started talking about what comes next. For seniors, that means scouting combines. Colt Ryan will attend one of the highest-profile camps at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. If things go well, coach Marty Simmons doesn’t see the NBA as out of the question for UE’s all-time leading scorer.
—If you planned to announce a transfer and play in the MVC, this is the week to do it. Illinois State has lost three players: sophomore center Jordan Threloff along with junior forwards Jon Ekey and Zeke Upshaw. RJ Mahurin announced a move from Indiana State to Indiana Wesleyan, where he’ll play with his brother. And Bradley sophomores Jalen Crawford and Shayok Shayok are leaving the Braves’ program.
—Then came the replacements. Indiana State picked up a verbal commitment Wednesday from in-state recruit Alex Etherington, a former Kansas State pledge who wanted to play closer to home, and Illinois transfer Mike Shaw will attend Bradley. Shaw was a former top 100 recruit.
—On Dan Patrick’s radio show Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman made some interesting statements about Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall as the Shockers ready for the Final Four. “So, according to Jeff Goodman, the reason Gregg Marshall isn’t attractive to other schools is because he isn’t liked in the industry. Wow,” tweeted the Wichita Eagle’s Bob Lutz. You can watch Goodman’s full appearance here, with his comments regarding Marshall coming at the 8:00 mark — and with Marshall waiting on hold to appear next.
—UE’s softball team split its road doubleheader Tuesday at Southeast Missouri State, winning game one 1-0 before dropping the second, 3-2 to move to 10-19 on the season.
—The Aces’ women’s tennis team opens MVC play at 2 p.m. today against Southern Illinois at the Wesselman Tennis Center. Though the Aces have lost their last two matches as a team, Kansas State transfer Marketa Trousilova is 8-1 in her first semester at UE, and she’s 9-2 in doubles with partner Natasha James.