IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong
pitching performance to sweep Hanover 2-0 and 10-0 in Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on
The Fightin' Engineers moved within one
victory of clinching a bid to next week's HCAC Tournament.
The regular season concludes with a noon game on Sunday at
Senior Nick Rumpke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming)
(pictured) picked up his third straight victory in
HCAC action with a complete-game three-hit shutout. Rumpke
struck out seven and walked just two in the effort and has
allowed just four runs in 23 innings over those three starts.
Offensively, Rose-Hulman scored both runs in the opening inning
of game one. Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington,
Ill./University) doubled home senior Chris Stemple
(Mount Vernon) with the first run, before sophomore
Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic)
singled home Stemple with the second run.
Senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati,
Ohio/Moeller) and Dauenbaugh led the offensive effort with
two hits each in the opener.
In the nightcap, junior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North
Harrison) tossed eight shutout innings in the nightcap,
before freshman Kevin Farley (Centennial,
Colo./Littleton) tossed a scoreless ninth. Schuler
walked just one with four strikeouts to move to 6-2 on the
Offensively, Rose-Hulman scored six times in the top of the
first inning to take control of the game. Dauenbaugh and
Stopka again had RBI singles, before sophomore Bobby Newman
(Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) smashed a three-run, bases
loaded double to make the score 5-0. Junior Will
Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) capped
the scoring with another RBI single.
Stopka led the offensive effort with three hits, including a
double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Stemple, Zobrist,
Kovacs and Dauenbaugh added two hits each in the 16-hit
The Fightin' Engineers improved to 25-14 overall and 15-9 in
HCAC play. Hanover stands 15-22 overall and 10-13 in league
play. The series concludes with a single game on Sunday at
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