TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman and
Transylvania University battled to a doubleheader split with a pair
of tightly contested 6-5 matchups in Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon.
Transylvania rallied from a 5-2 deficit with
three runs in the sixth and one run in the eighth inning to capture
a 6-5 extra inning victory in the opener.
In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman rallied from
5-2 behind to score three runs in the fifth and the game winner in
the seventh to claim a 6-5 win. Freshman John Krasich
(Westfield) (pictured) emerged as the hero with a
two-out double to plate the game winning run in the
Thomas Tolliver led Transylvania with four
hits in game one, and John Doering had three hits and the game
winning double in the eighth inning to lead the Pioneer
victory. Ken Riley added a solo home run, then helped force
the tie with a two-run home run in the eighth inning.
For Rose-Hulman, senior Michael
Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) slapped three hits in
game one to lead the offensive effort. Senior B.J.
Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.) added two singles, two RBIs and two
sacrifice hits, and junior Will Burchett (Mokena,
Ill.) pitched in with two singles and one run
On the mound, freshman Kevin Farley
(Centennial, Colo.) tossed 2 2/3 innings and allowed just
one run with one strikeout despite taking the loss.
In game two, Transylvania jumped out to a
5-2 lead after 4 1/2 innings. Senior Chris Stemple
(Mount Vernon) singled, Kovacs added a double, and junior
Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University)
singled home one run to make the score 5-3. Sophomore
Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) added an
RBI single, and sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake,
Ill./Carmel Catholic) tied the score with an RBI ground
In the seventh, Rose-Hulman relied on
singles by Dauenbaugh and Stopka to place runners on first and
second with two outs. Krasich then lofted his game winning
double to plate Dauenbaugh with the game winning run.
Rose-Hulman stands 19-9 overall and 9-4
in league play. Transylvania has a 16-7
overall mark and a 7-4 record in conference
games. Live in-game audio and live in-game statistics
for Sunday's series finale will be available at the links