TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology scored five runs in the third inning and
relied on a strong pitching performance to top North Central
College 9-1 in a baseball series opener on Friday
Senior Andrew Oakley
(Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley) allowed just
three hits over eight innings to improve to 4-0 on the
season. Oakley walked four and recorded three strikeouts for
his fourth win in four starts.
Offensively, five Engineers had
two hits each to lead the Rose-Hulman balanced attack.
Seniors Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller)
and B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.)
(pictured) led the attack with two hits and two runs
scored. Kovacs slapped a double with one RBI, while Zobrist
had one RBI.
Senior Chris Stemple
(Mount Vernon) slapped two hits, including a double, with
one run scored and one RBI. Sophomore Donald Stopka
(Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) contributed a single,
double and two RBIs. Freshman Andrew Benitez
(Mililani, Hawaii) came off the bench with two singles and
Sophomore Bobby Newman
(Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) added a triple and scored
once to provide offensive depth. The Engineers relied on a
double by junior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney
C.C.), singles by Stemple and Zobrist, a double by Kovacs
and a single from Stopka to plate their five runs in the third
Rose-Hulman improved to 8-4 on
the season, and North Central dropped to 2-1. The Engineers
and Cardinals return to action as the series continues on Saturday
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