TERRE HAUTE, IND. --
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied from a 9-0 deficit with
nine runs in the third inning to outslug Manchester College 14-12
in the opener of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference baseball series on Friday night.
Rose-Hulman outhit Manchester 18-17 in the contest and took
advantage of six Spartan fielding errors to improve to 22-12
overall and 12-7 in league play.
Seniors Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati,
Ohio/Moeller) and Chris Stemple (Mount
Vernon) led the Rose-Hulman offense with four hits
each. Stemple became the third Fightin' Engineer to reach 200
career hits with a double, one run scored and one RBI. Kovacs
scored three runs with one RBI on four singles.
Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington,
Ill./University) smashed three hits, including a double,
with a game-high four RBIs to provide support.
Other Engineers with multiple hits included senior B.J.
Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.) with two hits and three runs
scored; and junior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic) with two singles and two runs scored.
The offensive effort helped sophomore Ethan Post
(Rockford, Mich.) earn his fourth pitching win of the
year. Post tossed three innings in relief and held the
Spartans to three runs to move to 4-2 overall. Freshman
Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) tossed a
scoreless ninth inning to earn his fourth save.
Manchester jumped out to a 6-0 lead with five runs in the second
inning. Rose-Hulman scored twice in the second frame to move
within 5-2. The Engineers parlayed eight hits and three
Manchester errors in its third at bat. Kovacs singled and
later came around to score on a throwing error to start the
rally. Junior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney
C.C.) contributed an RBI double, before Burchett drove
home another run with a single.
Stemple, Zobrist and Kovacs kept the inning alive with
consecutive singles, then Dauenbaugh added a two-run double.
Sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel
Catholic) then contributed an RBI single to cap
Rose-Hulman improved to 22-12 overall and 12-7 in league play,
while Manchester dropped to 23-11 and 14-5 in conference
games. The Engineers and Spartans meet in a doubleheader on
Rose-Hulman's Senior Day on Saturday at noon.