EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Aces baseball is hoping to raise expectations this year as a youth movement begins for Evansville’s program.
UE suffered it’s third straight losing season but the good news, Evansville finished in the top half of the conference.
The Missouri Valley Conference continues to prove to be a tough league. Three teams made the NCAA Tournament last season. Head coach, Wes Carroll, believes he has a good group this year. Michael Gilbert has the full report on Aces’ baseball.
“Aces baseball returns to the diamond in just over a week and UE feels like they have some good talent. Last season, Evansville finished 11-11 in conference play and stumbled towards the end of their regular season and MVC tournament play. Head coach, Wes Carroll, says it was a learning experience and raised expectations for this year.”
“Here we are on a big up swing, and we feel like we have a lot of talent that is coming in from both the JUCO, but also we have some freshman that will be key contributors to our team. We took an enormous step forward, competiting in the Missouri Valley Conference, which had the top 3 teams go into the NCAA Tournament and we finished fourth.”
“We know pretty well what the rest of the conference has and I think we stack pretty well, that’s the talk that’s going on in the locker room. I think we were less talented last year, and we finished in the top half last year, I think the sky’s the limit.”
“It’s always exciting, no matter if it’s your first year, your last year, you still get those goosebumps, especially being cooped up here, we are ready to get out on the field.”
Evansville will head south to take on Tennessee Tech for their season opener on February 14th. Last season, UE went 24-29.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 6, 2020)