—UE and crosstown rival Southern Indiana continue their “Battle at the Braun” baseball series — the renewed version brought about by Aces coach Wes Carroll and the Screaming Eagles’ Tracy Archuleta — at 6 p.m. today. With both teams preparing for their respective postseasons, there’s much to gain even with a midweek contest that pits Division I and East Side against Division II and West Side.
—Aces basketball coaches focused on filling their shooting void last weekend when they invited a pair of 3-point specialists to campus. Both junior college guard Ben Vozzola and prep school star Travis Hester, a former Hofstra commit, hit from beyond the arc at a high rate. Neither player reportedly has a scholarship offer, but there’s plenty of time left in the spring signing period that runs through May 15.
—Tickets are on sale now for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star game June 14 in Louisville’s Freedom Hall, per Dave Satterly of the Kentucky All-Stars. The boys’ game will feature Castle High School’s Blake Simmons, and Hamilton Heights High School’s Dakota Weatherford will play for the girls. Both are UE signees.
—Led by junior Quinn Vilneff’s all-conference performance, UE’s men’s golf team finished sixth of nine teams Tuesday at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Dalhousie Country Club in Missouri. Vilneff carded a 4-under 68 on day two of the tournament to finish sixth in the individual scoring, one stroke off a three-way tie for third. He also won the MVC’s Elite 18 award given to the player in the top 18 finishers with the best grade-point average. Wichita State took top honors in the team and individual scoring.
—With golf finished for the year, there are just three MVC championships left to settle: baseball, softball and track and field, the latter of which the Aces don’t compete in. The softball tournament runs May 9-11 in at Creighton and baseball May 21-25 at Illinois State.
—UE’s final nonconference home softball game, against Western Kentucky at 6 p.m. today, will serve as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer awareness. In conjunction with Zeta Tau Alpha, the Aces will donate $1 from every ticket sold to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths. Breast Cancer survivors receive free admission and will be honored during the game.
—ESPN lists Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early as an early second-team all-American on its preseason listing, quite an honor for a guy who didn’t start most of the Shockers’ season and disappeared at times on the court. But when Early was on, he was the best player in the MVC.
—Remember Ernie Duncan? The former UE commit is now fielding phone calls from a number of mid- and high-major schools, among them Tennessee and Boston College. He most recently picked up a scholarship offer from Vermont. Duncan, a class of 2014 guard, broke his commitment to UE and re-opened his recruitment last fall. UE has not reportedly expressed interest since then.