MANCHESTER, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
baseball season came to an end with a hard fought 6-5 loss to
Manchester College that took two days to complete.
The two teams battled to a 5-5 tie after
seven innings, when darkness caused by a 75-minute rain delay in
the third inning forced the game into a second day.
Manchester scored once in the bottom of the
ninth inning to break the tie and secure the victory. With
two outs, Jay Sheets singled and advanced to second on a hit by
pitch. Cody Schell then singled into left field with two
outs, and despite a nearly perfect throw home from left
field, Sheets knocked the ball away from the Engineer catcher
on a collision to plate the game winning run.
The hard fought contest featured 12 hits by
the Rose-Hulman offense and three double plays turned by the
Fightin' Engineer defense.
Offensively, sophomore Bobby Newman
(Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led Rose-Hulman with three
singles. Junior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney
Central C.C.) added two doubles, one run scored and one
RBI. Sophomore Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic) also contributed two hits, including a
Defensively, Rose-Hulman turned three key
double plays to keep the game within striking
With the Engineers leading 5-3 in the bottom
of the fifth, Weinle and senior B.J. Zobrist (Eureka,
Ill.) had a violent collision in right field with runners
on first and third and one out. Weinle caught the ball
and signaled to the umpire that he made the catch.
Zobrist took the ball from the injured Weinle and threw to Newman
at third base, where a double play occurred since the Manchester
runner at third base did not tag up on the sacrifice
In the sixth, Newman turned an outstanding
double play with a back-handed snag on the third base line and a
throw to Zobrist, who threw on to sophomore Donald Stopka
(Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) to complete the
The third double play ended the bottom of
the eighth and kept the score tied at 5-5. With one out, Ty
Foster struck out for the second out of the frame while runners on
first and second were in motion. The Engineers forced the two
runners into a rundown, where Zobrist applied a tag to end the
Rose-Hulman's best chance to score after the
suspension of the game came in the eighth. Burchett doubled
down the right field line, before hard lineouts by senior
Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon), Zobrist and senior
Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller)
ended the threat.
Rose-Hulman scored four times in the third
inning to take a 5-0 lead. With one out, Kovacs singled and
Dauenbaugh walked to cause the game's rain delay. Following
the break, Newman singled to load the bases. Weinle then
blasted a two-run double to make the score 3-0. Sophomore
Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North Vigo) added a
two-run single to give the Engineers a 5-0 edge.
Manchester rallied with two runs in the
third and single tallies in the fourth, sixth and seventh to tie
the game at the time of darkness on Friday.
John Smolinski led the Manchester offense
with a solo home run. Sheets had four hits for th Spartans,
and Curtis Mallery improved to 8-1 with two scoreless innings on
Rose-Hulman completed the season at 27-16 overall and reached
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament for the
fourth consecutive season. Manchester advances to the HCAC
Tournament championship round against Franklin College later
The game also marked the completion of the careers for nine
Rose-Hulman seniors (pictured), who won a school record 121
career games during their playing careers.