UE Seniors Sending Strong "So Long"

For the first time in more than a decade, the University of Evansville softball team enters it's final series of the regular season this with a winning record, and a pair of local seniors are helping to lead the way.

Posted: May 6, 2021 7:58 PM
Updated: May 7, 2021 7:09 AM

For the first time in more than a decade, the University of Evansville softball team enters it's final series of the regular season this with a winning record, and a pair of local seniors are helping to lead the way.

"Jaime is an awesome leader for us pitchers," said University of Evansville junior pitcher Izzy Vetter.

"It's hard to put into words what Eryn really means," said University of Evansville softball head coach Mat Mundell.

"She's a huge part of this team," said University of Evansville junior infielder Haley Woolf.

This past weekend, the University of Evansville softball team said goodbye to several seniors, all who have left their impression on the Aces program. However, two local products went out strong on senior weekend. First, there was slugger Eryn Gould, a Mount Carmel native, doing what she has done her entire career at UE, going deep, while going 4-for-7 while knocking in 4 runs.

"From Day 1 she's been a starter for us," said Mundell. "She's going to re-write a lot of the record books. She's on pace for single season batting average, on-base. She has a chance at the career home run record. Eryn's just been steady for us. Consistent every single year. She keeps getting better. She's saved he best for last. She means the world to this program and we're really going to miss her when she's gone."

"She's one of the few leaders that we have on this team," said Woolf. "Every game she shows up and she's playing to best of her ability. She has been an anchor since I've been here. Especially this year. She's come out her senior season to show what she has to offer, and it's been huge part of our team."

The other senior is Jaime Nurrenbern.the Gibson Southern High School product delivered in the clutch, picking up a save in a bases loaded situation in game one of Saturday's double header with Bradley, then picking up the win to complete the twin bill sweep in game two.

"Saturday was amazing,"  said University of Evansville senior pitcher Jaime Nurrenbern. "I had great defense backing me up. Izzy and Erin threw a great first game and all I had to do was come in and finish it for them. Going into the second game and started out strong, and then Erin was able to come in and finish the game for us."

After a stellar high school career, Nurrenbern's first three years at Evansville were shrouded by injury and disappointment. However, her senior year has been anything but, picking up seven wins for the Aces.

"They've been hard," said Nurrenburn. "Battling injuries, but my teammates make it all worth it. Playing for them just makes it worth it for me."

"I'm so thankful that we have her." said Vetter. "She's really the glue that holds us all together. She's so calm and collected. She really shows how to not let things get under our skin. Just work harder."

"Getting a chance to watch her in high school at Gibson Southern, she was so good," said Mundell. "Carried them to a state championship. We wanted that for us here, as well. For her to pitch like she has her senior year, we couldn't be more prod of what she's doing and I think she's got more in her this rest of the way."

As for Gould, after years of putting up solid numbers for disappointing Evansville teams, batting a team-high .438 with 11 home runs, for a winning squad is a dream ending to her career.

"This is my favorite team," said Gould. "I'm sad that it's coming to an end. I better stop talking about it, I might get emotional. We show up every day. And you know whenever you go out on the field, every girl is going to be playing for the girl next to her. You honestly can't ask for much more. Doesn't matter if we're winning or losing. Everybody's out there playing for each other."

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