Rose-Hulman Handles North Central in Series Opener


ZobristSJFCTERRE 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 night.

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 two RBIs.

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 frame. 

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 at noon.