Aces Baseball Looks to Continue Momentum in Series with SDSU

Aces Baseball Looks to Continue Momentum in Series with SDSU
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Coming off an impressive series win over Xavier, the University of Evansville baseball team will aim to build off its momentum with a four-game set over the weekend against South Dakota State at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Evansville vs. SDSU | April 2, 3, & 4

Date | Time

Fri., April 2 | 6 PM

Sat., April 3 (DH) | 1 & 4 PM

Sun. April 4 | 1 PM

Location -- Evansville, Ind.

Site -- German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium

April 2, 3, & 4 -- Evansville vs. South Dakota State

Last Time Out: Evansville 9, Xavier 2

  • A persistent and timely offense lifted the University of Evansville baseball team to a 9-2 victory over Xavier on Sunday, earning the Aces a 3-1 series win over the Musketeers, at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
  • “Such a great win for our team today. It started on the mound and defensively I felt like all weekend we played stellar defense that gave us a chance,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Of course on the mound getting the efforts from Donovan Schultz and Caleb Reinhardt today was outstanding and then for our bats to just really come alive and get into their bullpen. Their starter was magnificent today with his ability to keep us off balance with some really good off-speed. For us to take three out of four against such a quality club with four legit rotation arms really gives us a boost of confidence that we’re going to have to take into Missouri Valley play.”
  • Xavier found the scoreboard first in the second inning, scoring runs off a double and single to take a 2-0 lead.
  • The long ball helped halve the Musketeers lead in the bottom half of the second as freshman Mark Shallenberger launched a solo shot to right to cut the Xavier lead to 2-1.
  • Senior Craig Shepherd tied the game in the fourth, ripping a base-hit to center that scored freshman Simon Scherry.
  • After giving up the two runs in the second, freshman pitcher Donovan Schultz was lights-out. Schultz exited after the fifth, allowing four hits and striking-out a career-high eight batters.
  • The late innings proved to be key to the Aces win, beginning in the seventh with two outs and a pair of runners on. Junior Tanner Craig came to the plate and drove a single up the middle, scoring redshirt junior Kenton Crews and giving the Aces the 3-2 lead.
  • Evansville broke the game wide open in the eighth, batting around and scoring six runs, including a two-run single by senior Ben Komonosky, an RBI single from Crews, and an RBI double by redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith.
  • Junior Caleb Reinhardt closed-out his impressive performance in the ninth, allowing just one runner on and getting out of the inning with a line-out to third. Reinhardt earned the victory, his first of the season, pitching four scoreless innings, giving-up just three hits.
  • “Just a gutsy effort,” remarked Carroll. “Another Sunday win for our club coming into the yard and expecting to win and playing at a high level. I couldn’t be more proud of our team right now.”

Previewing the Matchup: SDSU

  • The history between the Aces and Jackrabbits is short with the two sides only playing two times previous to this weekend with Evansville winning both.
  • The last time UE and SDSU met, the Aces took a 10-9 win over the Jackrabbits as Evansville’s Robbie Minor went 3-for-5 at the plate with 3 RBI.
  • SDSU enters the weekend having lost three-straight games, dropping its last series to Western Illinois.
  • The weekend series concludes a 24-game road trip for the Jacks, who last played a game at home on May 11, 2019, falling 5-3 in five innings to Oral Roberts.
  • Evansville will utilize its fourth different rotation combiination this season for four-game series. The Aces have once before used the combination of Gray, McMahill, Reinhardt, and Schultz, picking-up a 3-1 series win over Western Illinois from March 5-7.

Blanking the Opposition

  • Evansville recorded its third shutout of the season on Saturday when the Aces captured a 1-0 victory over Xavier.
  • UE’s three shutouts on the season are one of 32 teams in the nation with three-or-more shutouts and are the only team in The Valley to reach the mark.

Beilsmith Brings Extra Bases

  • Redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith has brought the extra base hits in 2021 for the Aces.
  • Beilsmith has 10 doubles on the year, adding three to his total this past weekend against Xavier, putting him in fourth in the nation and best in The Valley in the category.
  • In his career, Beilsmith has 40 doubles, making him Evansville’s active career leader in doubles.

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