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Aces advance in the MVC Championship

NORMAL, Ill. – Wednesday during the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Championship opener, the 10eThe ranked University of Evansville softball team earns a 4-1 win over #7 seed Drake at Marian Kneer Stadium.

With the win, the Purple Aces earned their first championship win since 2013. Hannah Hood went 1-3 with two RBI, a walk and a run to pace the offense. Zoe Frossard, Alexa Davis and Taylor Howe each recorded two hits. Sydney Weatherford pitched a gem, allowing one run on nine hits.

Frossard tried to get the Purple Aces rolling in the opening moments, opening the game with a single to left. Brooke Voss later reached on an error before the runners were left on base. Sydney Weatherford returned the favor at the bottom of the frame, holding the Bulldogs scoreless with a pair of runners on base.

Hannah Hood led off the second with a walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Alexa Davis came through with a single through the right side to bring in Hood and give UE a 1-0 lead. Davis and Taylor Howe came through again to get things going in the top of the fourth. The duo each dropped their second single of the day to set the table for Marah Wood. Her RBI groundout made it a 2-0 game.

Weatherford retired eight batters in a row, but with two outs in the bottom of the fourtheDrake stringed together three straight goals to get their first point of the game.

It didn’t take long for the Aces to respond. Frossard and Jess Willsey led the 5e finished with back-to-back singles, advancing to second and third base on a Jenna Nink groundout. That put Hood on the board and she came through with a 2-run single that lifted the lead to 4-1.

From there, Weatherford got the job done and shut down the Bulldogs to get the win. UE advances to play No. 2 seed UNI on Thursday at 4 p.m