Rose-Hulman Pounds Alma in Baseball Home Opener


StempleSJFCTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored three times in the first and second innings, then added six runs in the fourth frame to top Alma College 15-4 in the baseball home opener on Sunday at Art Nehf Field.

The Fightin' Engineers pounded out 16 hits in the contest, with five Rose-Hulman players recording multiple-hit games.

Sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and senior Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon) (pictured) had three hits each to lead the attack.  Newman smashed two doubles, scored three runs and had three RBIs.  Stemple added two singles, one double, two runs scored and one RBI.

Sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) had a team-high four RBIs with a two-run double and a two-run single.  Senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) pitched in with a double, single and two runs scored.  Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University) came off the bench with two singles, one run scored and one RBI.

The offensive effort helped senior Andrew Oakley (Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley) improve to 3-0 on the season.  Oakley allowed four hits and one run in six innings of work, before junior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North Harrison) tossed the final three innings to earn the save.

Adam Rezmer blasted a solo home run, and Matthew Cresswell had three hits to lead the Alma offensive effort.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-4 on the season and returns to action with a home matchup against Fontbonne University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  The Engineers also host a three-game series against North Central on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.