WINTER HAVEN, FLA. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team improved to 3-1 on its annual Florida trip with a 9-5 victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering on Tuesday.
The Engineers smashed 13 hits on the day, with multiple hit games for five players. Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University) had a triple, single and a team-high three RBIs to lead the offensive effort.
Senior Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon) added two singles and scored two runs, with senior B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.) contributing a triple, single and two RBIs.
Senior Neil Krueger (Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton) pitched in with two singles and one run scored, and freshman Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) had two singles and scored once.
Milwaukee Engineering held a 5-4 lead entering the bottom of the seventh, before Rose-Hulman scored four times to take an 8-5 lead. Benitez, Stemple and Zobrist slapped singles, before sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) added an RBI double. Dauenbaugh capped the rally with a two-run hit.
The offensive effort made a winner of sophomore Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.), who came out of the bullpen to stop a seventh inning spurt by Milwaukee Engineering to earn a win in his varsity debut. Post recorded a key strikeout and a popout with the bases loaded to keep Rose-Hulman within 5-4.
Freshman Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) came out of the bullpen with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts to earn his first college save. Freshman John Krasich (Westfield/Brebeuf) added 2.1 innings of one-run pitching out of the bullpen.
Rose-Hulman stands 3-1 overall and returns to action on Wednesday at 1 p.m. against St. John Fisher. Milwaukee Engineering dropped to 1-3.