Baseball Team Earns Historic Sweep at Bluffton


D'Baugh2BLUFFTON, OHIO -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team established two new school records and tied two other marks as part of a historic doubleheader sweep at Bluffton University on Sunday.

The Fightin' Engineers tied the previous school record with 26 runs in the nightcap victory.  The mark matched a 26-run performance against Capital University in 2001.

The result was a Rose-Hulman doubleheader sweep by scores of 13-6 and 26-11 on Sunday to cap a three-game HCAC sweep at Bluffton.

Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University) (pictured) established two new single-game school records by scoring six runs and recording eight RBIs. 

Dauenbaugh blasted two-run home runs in the first and fourth innings, then drove home his final two runs of the day on a double in the ninth frame.  His effort marked the first multiple home run game this season for Rose-Hulman.

The runs scored marked surpassed the previous mark of five runs set four times.  His eight RBIs surpassed Andy Tochterman and Rob Nichols with seven RBI efforts recorded in 1999.

Rose-Hulman also tied the single-game school record for doubles with 10 in the game two victory.  The ninth double was hit by senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) to cap a three-hit, three RBI effort that also included four runs scored.  Senior Gannon Sadzeck (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) also contributed a double in his first career plate appearance.

Sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) added his name to the record list with six RBIs in the nightcap for the fourth most in a game in school history.  Newman also smashed a home run and a double on the day.

Senior B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.) contributed four hits and scored four runs on the day, including a double.  Kovacs was joined with three hits by sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) and freshman Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii).

Stopka scored three times and blasted a home run, while Benitez had two doubles and two RBIs.  Other offensive contributors included sophomore Matt Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) with a two-RBI double; and seniors Neil Krueger (Beach Park, Ill./Zion-Benton) and Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon) with two runs scored each.

Freshman Kevin Farley (Centennial, Colo./Littleton) claimed the pitching victory with solid innings out of the bullpen.  Farley tossed 3.2 innings and allowed just one run and three hits with one strikeout.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman snapped a 6-6 tie with seven runs in the fifth inning to capture a 13-6 victory over Bluffton.

Stemple led the game one offense with three hits, including a home run.  Stemple also had two doubles and recorded a season-best five RBIs.

Dauenbaugh contributed three hits, including a double, with two runs scored and one RBI.  Stopka pitched in with two singles and two runs scored.  Newman also had two hits, including a triple, one run and one RBI.

Turk blasted a solo home run, and Kovacs contributed a double and scored twice.

The offensive effort helped make a winner of junior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst), who tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed just three hits to earn the victory.

The Engineers improved to 17-8 overall and 7-3 in league play, while Bluffton dropped to 9-16 and 1-8 in HCAC games.  Rose-Hulman returns to action at Anderson University on Tuesday at 4 p.m.