The University of Evansville baseball team used a blend of solid pitching and timely hitting to win the rubber match of a three-game series with Bowling Green State University on Sunday.
The Purple Aces posted a 5-1 victory over the Falcons at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
Junior right-hander Ben Norton (2-1) and freshman left-hander Jeremy Kuester combined to hold the Falcons to only one run on seven base hits on the mound, while striking out 10.
Norton earned his second victory as a Purple Ace by striking out a season-high eight batters in a season-best eight innings of work.
The Falcons would score their lone run of the contest in the third inning off of Norton on a lead-off single by outfielder Jay Threet, a sacrifice bunt, and a single up the middle by second baseman Eric Lawson.
The Purple Aces would answer back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning, and that would be more than enough offense for Norton, as he allowed only two runners to advance past second base after the third inning.
Sophomore outfielder Jim Viscomi began UE's three-run third inning rally by reaching base on an error with one out. Viscomi then stole second base for his 16th theft of the season and came around to score on a two-out RBI single to right-center field by junior first baseman Kasey Wahl.
Junior third baseman Pat Tumilty continued UE's three-run rally with a solid single to right field to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Kuester then used his bat to give UE a 3-1 lead, as he laced a two-run double down the left field line.
The score would remain 3-1 in favor of Evansville until the eighth inning, when the Purple Aces added a pair of insurance runs on a pair of RBI singles by Tumilty and rookie shortstop Andy Smith.
The Falcons would put the first two runners on base against Kuester in the top of the ninth inning, before the UE rookie set down the final three men he faced in order with a pair of strikeouts and an infield ground out.
Kuester, Smith and Tumilty each pounded out two hits to lead UE's offensive attack. Kuester also added two RBIs.
Lawson was the lone Falcon to record a multi-hit game, as he went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
With the victory, Evansville improves to 12-10 overall, while Bowling Green falls to 7-8.
UE will return to the diamond on Tuesday night, when the Purple Aces will host Austin Peay State University at Braun Stadium. First-pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.