HAVEN, FLA. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but two key
strikeouts from Jason Brooke thwarted the rally as Widener
University topped the Engineers 10-5 on Monday in
Widener broke open a 6-5 game
with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Rose-Hulman answered in the ninth by reaching on a fielding error,
recording a single by senior Neil Krueger (Beach Park,
Ill./Zion Benton) and adding another single by senior
Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller)
(pictured) to load the bases.
Jason Brooke recorded two key
strikeouts, then retired sophomore Donald Stopka
(Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) on a deep flyout for the
Kovacs, Stopka and sophomore
Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) slapped
two hits each for the Engineers, with Newman scoring one run.
Kovacs added a stolen base and an RBI, with Stopka contributing one
RBI. Junior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic) added one run and a double.
Senior Nick Rumpke
(Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) enjoyed a strong middle three
innings, retiring nine of 10 batters, before allowing five runs in
five innings of work in a return to the mound after missing the
2010 season due to injury.
Rose-Hulman scored one run in
the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to turn a 5-1 deficit
into a 6-5 contest entering the bottom of the eighth frame.
The Engineers stand 2-1 on their annual Florida trip, while Widener
improved to 3-1 with the victory. Rose-Hulman squares off
with Milwaukee School of Engineering on Tuesday.
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