TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology relied on a two-home run performance and a strong
pitching effort to top Franklin College 10-2 in Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on
Senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati,
Ohio/Moeller) blasted two home runs among three hits to
lead the Rose-Hulman offensive performance. Kovacs recorded
five RBIs with three runs scored, and became just the third
Fightin' Engineer to record two games with multiple home runs in
Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington,
Ill./University) contributed two hits, including a double,
with two RBIs. Sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake,
Ill./Carmel Catholic) also had two singles for the
Other contributors to the Rose-Hulman offense included seniors
Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon) and B.J.
Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.) with two runs scored each.
The offensive performance helped senior Gannon Sadzeck
(Crystal Lake, Ill./Central)
to 2-1 on
the season with a strong 7.1 inning
performance. Sadzeck scattered
eight hits and held the Grizzlies to
two runs in the effort.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run
home run by Kovacs. In the second inning, the lead reached
five 5-0 on an RBI ground out by Zobrist, Kovacs reaching on a
throwing error and an RBI single by Dauenbaugh.
In the fourth inning, Rose-Hulman pushed the edge to 7-1 on an
RBI double by Dauenbaugh and a run scoring balk. Zobrist
pitched in with a single, before Kovacs blasted his second two run
home of the day to cap the Engineer scoring.
Rose-Hulman improved to 21-12 overall and 11-7 in HCAC play,
while Franklin dropped to 19-12 and 9-8 in league games. The
Engineers return to action with a three-game home series against
first place Manchester on Friday and Saturday.