Evansville welcomes in an old friend with weekend series against WIU

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UE alum and WIU head coach Andy Pascoe returns with his Leathernecks for four-game set

A familiar face will make its way back to Evansville, as the University of Evansville baseball team welcomes in head coach Andy Pascoe and his Western Illinois Leathernecks for a four-game series this weekend at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Evansville vs. Western Illinois | March 5, 6 & 7
Date | Time Fri., March 5 | 6 PM
Sat., March 6 (DH) | Noon and 3 PM
Sun. March 7 | 1 PM
Location Evansville, Ind.
Site German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium
March 5, 6, & 7 Evansville vs. Western Illinois
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Last Time Out: Kentucky 8, Evansville 5

  • Earning an early lead, the University of Evansville baseball team fell on the road at Kentucky, 8-5, on a late Wildcats rally in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday evening at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Ky.
  • “We just didn’t do enough in all aspects of the game to take advantage of the opportunities UK gave us to win the game,” said Evansville head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “There were some bright spots with Nick Smith and Drew Dominik on the mound. Also at the plate I really liked some at bats from Borgstrom, Shallenberger and Scherry. I look forward to playing more consistent complimentary baseball this weekend.”
  • It took no time for the Aces offense to get rolling as sophomore Danny Borgstrom lifted the second pitch of the game over the right field wall to give Evansville an early run.
  • Later in the top of the first inning, the Aces added another run on a RBI single to left by junior Tanner Craig that scored Beilsmith.
  • Kentucky got a run back in the bottom half of the first as a base-hit moved runners along, scoring one and cutting the Aces lead to one.
  • Evansville would tack that run back on in the third as senior Craig Shepherd grounded-out, scoring Tanner Craig as the Aces lead moved to 3-1.
  • A tricky top of the fourth inning caused some damage for the Aces as the Wildcats scored two runs to tie the game, one coming on a walk and the other on a sacrifice fly.
  • The Wildcats still threatened in the fourth after the two runs were scored, but junior Drew Dominik helped limit UK to just two runs.
  • The fifth inning saw Kentucky takes its first lead of the game at 4-3 on a single to center field.
  • Evansville had an answer in the top of the seventh as the Aces loaded the bases and Craig drew a walk to tie the game again, this time at 5 all.
  • In the next at bat, freshman Mark Shallenberger popped a sacrifice fly to center that scored Borgstrom and regained the lead for the Aces, 6-5.
  • The Aces found themselves in some trouble in the seventh as a two-run double to center field regained the lead for the Wildcats at 6-5 and with more damage still being threatened.
  • Before the conclusion of the seventh, Kentucky added another run, this time via a sacrifice fly.
  • The final run of the night for Kentucky came in the eighth as a runner scored from third on a balk as Kentucky went on to capture the 8-5 win.

Previewing the Matchup: Western Illinois

  • Evansville and Western Illinois are meeting for the 13th time in the all-time series in Friday’s series-opener.
  • The Aces lead the all-time series with the Leathernecks, 9-3.
  • Back during the 2018 season, the Aces swept WIU, earning trio of victories by scores of 4-0, 8-0, and 6-3.
  • The Leathernecks come into this weekend’s series with a 1-3 record, with their lone victory coming in impressive fashion in an 8-3 win over then-No. 4 Louisville last Friday.
  • Making his return to his alma mater is Leathernecks head coach Andy Pascoe, who played for Wes Carroll and the Aces from 2007-10 and served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the team from 2011 to 2015.

Borgstrom Walks

  • After hitting a leadoff home run in the first against Kentucky on Wednesday, sophomore Danny Borgstrom only bolstered his season at the plate.
  • Borgstrom has hit a pair of home runs, driven in three runs, and also has been patient at the plate.
  • The Morris, Ill. native sits inside the top 50 in the nation in walks, recording 10 base on balls so far this season.

The Evansville-WIU Connection

  • With Andy Pascoe taking over head coaching duties at Western Illinois, the Evansville coaching pipeline to Macomb continues.
  • Prior to Pascoe, WIU’s head coach was Ryan Brownlee, and Evansville playing and coaching alum, who spent seven seasons as head coach for the Leathernecks.

 

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