Rose-Hulman Earns Doubleheader Sweep at Earlham



RICHMOND, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swept Earlham College 3-1 and 11-6 to open a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series on Saturday at McBride Stadium.

In the opener, junior pitcher Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North Harrison) tossed a complete game four-hitter to improve to 4-0 on the season.  Schuler allowed two doubles and two singles with just one walk and six strikeouts in the win.

Offensively, Rose-Hulman slapped out 13 hits and scored once in the first, second and third innings.

Senior Neil Krueger (Beach Park, Ill./Zion-Benton) blasted his first career home run to lead the Engineer attack.  Krueger finished 3-3 on the day.

Senior Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon), senior B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.), sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) and sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) slapped two singles each for Rose-Hulman.  Steple and Zobrist scored runs, and Stopka had one RBI.

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman rallied from a 6-4 deficit with two runs in the seventh, four in the eighth and one score in the ninth to capture an 11-6 victory.

Sophomore Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.) tossed 2.2 innings and allowed just one run to improve to 2-1 on the season.  Junior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) pitched the final two scoreless innings to secure the victory.

Offensively, senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) (pictured) smashed a three-home run and a double with five RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Rose-Hulman effort.  Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University) smashed a home run among two hits with two RBIs to provide support.

Stemple finished 2-4 at the plate with four runs scored, and Newman contributed two more singles and two RBIs.

Rose-Hulman stands 14-5 overall and 4-1 in league play, while Earlham dropped to 7-11 and 0-5 in league games.  The squads conclude their three-game series with a nine-inning matchup at noon on Sunday.