TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology senior Andrew Oakley
(Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley)
(pictured) tossed seven shutout innings to lead the
Engineers past Defiance 6-1 in the league opener on Friday
Oakley allowed just three hits
and three walks over seven innings with a career-high eight
strikeouts to move to 5-0 on the season.
Freshman Kevin Farley
(Centennial, Colo.) tossed the final two innings to
complete the strong pitching performance.
Offensively, the Engineers
scored three times in the third inning to secure the victory.
Sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel
Catholic) led the offense with a two-run home
Senior Chris Stemple
(Mount Vernon) and junior Derek Dauenbaugh
(Bloomington, Ill./University) slapped two singles each to
provide depth to the hitting effort. Senior Michael
Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) and senior Neil
Kreuger (Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton) added
Rose-Hulman's winning streak hit
six games since returning north from the Florida Spring Trip with
Rose-Hulman improved to 11-4
overall and 1-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play,
while Defiance dropped to 3-11 and 0-1 in conference games.
The two teams conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader
on Saturday at noon.