There's No Place Like Home for the UE Softball Team

They may not have the best seed in the tournament, however the University of Evansville softball team is looking to be rude hosts at this week's Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Posted: May 11, 2021 9:27 PM

They may not have the best seed in the tournament, however the University of Evansville softball team is looking to be rude hosts at this week's Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

"It's so exciting," said University of Evansville junior pitcher Izzy Vetter.

"Oh, it's huge," said University of Evansville junior infielder Haley Woolf.

"It's the perfect ending," said University of Evansville senior catcher Eryn Gould.

With a glossy 15-and-7 record at Dorothy Copper Stadium, there's no place like home for the University of Evansville softball team as they get set to play host to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament this week, for the first time in nearly two decades.

"Our homefield advantage is really, truly a thing for us," said Vetter. "Our fans are amazing. We love playing here and love playing for Evansville."

"Coach has talked all season about how we get to play on our home field," said Woolf. "And how, this year especially, it's been such an advantage to us. The whole month of March we played at home and it was just so nice for us being able to do that for the conference tournament."

"If you look at our record, most of our wins are in home games," said University of Evansville senior pitcher Jaime Nurrenbern. "We just have a great home crowd. People come out and support us. And playing on this home field is going to be huge."

"I don't know what it is about being at home," said Gould. "We look more loose. You can tell everyone's having fun. I don't know if it's the crowd that we have backing us up. But it's huge. I think good things are in the future for us."

William Shakespeare once wrote that April was the cruelest month, and to that this squad can attest. After rolling out to one of the best starts in program history, the Aces suffered a near Hamlet-like tragedy, as a month spent on the road led to a 12 losses in 4 games.

"We had three road trips in a row," said University of Evansville head coach Mat Mundell. "Only one other Valley team had that. Twice having to
to go to Iowa in April, which is our two longest trips. So I think that was a little bit of it. Having to do those tough long road trips hurt us."

"It was like a completely different Aces team was showing up," said Gould. "I have no idea where it came from. I think we were all very caught off guard by it."

However with the turning of the calendar came a turning of Aces fortunes, beginning with a rousing come-from--behind extra inning win against Indiana State, followed up by a weekend whitewash of Bradley.And now hopes are high as this 8th seeded underdog gets set to play host to the M-V-C Championships.

"I think we started to fall apart a little bit," said Nurrenbern, "but we figured out how to come back together and get our cohesiveness solid. We've come back in May and have done a solid job ever since."

"This team has it all," said Mundell. "So, it's something that we've been building towards. This is definitely our most well-rounded team. And probably team since we've been here."

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