TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology completed a sweep of North Central College with a 9-7
come from behind victory on Sunday at Art Nehf
The Engineers scored five times
in the sixth inning and added three more runs in the eighth to turn
a 6-0 deficit into the 9-7 win.
Rose-Hulman completed a
three-game sweep of a North Central team that won 31 games and
qualified for the NCAA Central Regional last season.
Junior Derek Dauenbaugh
(Bloomington, Ill./University) (pictured) led the
11-hit offensive attack with three hits, including a double.
Dauenbaugh also had two RBIs and scored one run.
Senior B.J. Zobrist
(Eureka, Ill.) and senior Michael Kovacs
(Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) contributed two hits
each. Zobrist had one RBI, with Kovacs slapping a double and
driving home two runs.
The Engineers turned a 6-1
deficit into a 6-6 tie with a five-run sixth inning.
Dauenbaugh opened the frame with a single and advanced to second on
a fielding error. Following a fielder's choice, sophomore
Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North) walked to load
the bases. Freshman Andrew Benitez (Mililani,
Hawaii) closed the deficit to 6-3 with a two-run,
Senior Chris Stemple
(Mount Vernon) reached on a single and advanced to second
on a throwing error to bring the margin within 6-4. Zobrist
added a sacrifice fly to move the margin to 6-5, before Kovacs
doubled home the tying run.
The rally allowed freshman
Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) to pick up his
first college pitching victory. Akard entering in a 6-6 tie
and allowed only a solo home run in the ninth to pick up the
win. Senior Nick Rumpke (Cincinnati,
Ohio/Wyoming) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, after senior
Gannon Sadzeck (Crystal Lake, Ill.) allowed just
one earned run in 5 1/3 innings.
Rose-Hulman improved to 10-4 on
the season with the victory, while North Central stands 2-3.
The Engineers host a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference series against Defiance College beginning Friday at 6