OHIO - Mount St. Joseph relied on a strong pitching and
defensive effort to earn a narrow 2-1 victory over Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology in the opener of a three-game Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference series on Thursday.
The Lions scored one run in the fourth and
fifth innings, then withstood Rose-Hulman's ninth inning charge in
Ben Hunterman scattered six hits over seven scoreless innings to
pick up the victory for Mount St. Joseph.
Rose-Hulman trailed 2-0 before scoring once in the ninth
inning. Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington,
Ill./University) singled and advanced to second on a
walk. Following another walk that loaded the bases
with two outs, sophomore Matt Turk (Addison,
Ill./Addison Trail) reached base to bring the margin
within 2-1. Drew Ernst then recorded a strikeout to end the
Offensively, senior B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.)
led the Engineers with three singles. Dauenbaugh and senior
Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) each
added a double.
On the mound, sophomore Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.)
(pictured) tossed four scoreless innings with two
strikeouts to lead the Rose-Hulman pitching effort.
Mount St. Joseph improved to 15-16 overall and 8-8 in league
play with the victory, while Rose-Hulman stands 19-11 and 9-6 in
conference games. The two teams complete their three-game
series on Friday at 11 a.m. at Legacy Field at Prasco Park, located
at 6125 Commerce Court in Mason, Ohio, with a zip code of