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
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
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,
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
#1 in the nation for 15 years!
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