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Aces Shutout Illinois State 10-0 for Historic Road Series Win

NORMAL, IL (WFIE) -

The University of Evansville baseball team (15-12, 5-4) shutout the Illinois State Redbirds 10-0 in a mercy-rule shortened eight inning game on Sunday afternoon. Freshman left-hander Brodie Harkness improved to 4-1 with a complete game, eight hit shutout. Infielders Jonathan Ramon (4) and Shain Showers (3) both matched career highs in RBIs as UE secured their first road series win at Illinois State since 2007.

“We played extremely hard today and that is what Evansville baseball is all about,” said Purple Aces head coach Wes Carroll. “I am really proud of our club and it was a big day for our team. We are turning the corner in some great areas that was much needed.”

Evansville gained momentum early when outfielder Josh Jyawook was hit by the first pitch of the game. He moved to third on a pair of groundouts and scored on a Ramon sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead. First baseman Eric McKibban then followed with an RBI single that scored outfielder Jarod Perry. Designated hitter Max Foley added a run producing single to left field later in the frame for the 3-0 advantage.

UE added to their lead in the third when Ramon led off with a single and Showers followed two batters later with a home run to left field. Showers' second home run of the series and third of the season pushed the Aces ahead 5-0. Harkness utilized the lead to his advantage, retiring the first six batters he faced.

Ahead by five, Showers added an RBI single in the fourth and catcher Billy Lipari launched a fifth inning home run to left field. Lipari's first career home run moved UE ahead 7-0.

Ramon added three runs later in the game for a double-digit lead. His bases loaded two-run single in the seventh and run producing double in the eighth put UE in a position for the mercy rule victory, leading 10-0.

Harkness induced four double plays on the afternoon, neutralizing Redbird rallies in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings to keep Illinois State scoreless. He retired the final four batters in a row to complete the 10 run win.

Every UE starter recorded at least one hit. Jyawook was 2-for-5 in the contest with a career-high tying three runs scored. Lipari also tied a career-high with two hits.

The Purple Aces complete their eight game roadtrip 6-2 with five come-from-behind victories. UE has also won back to back Missouri Valley Conference road series at Indiana State and Illinois State during the last two weekends.

UE will now be at home for the next six games. Evansville will host UT-Martin on Tuesday, April 7 and USI on Wednesday, April 8. First pitch for both contests will begin at 6:00 p.m. CDT at Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

Provided by UE Sports Information Department

 

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