Rose-Hulman Rally Falls Short at Earlham


OakleyRICHMOND, IND. -- Earlham College snapped a 7-7 tie with one run in the bottom of the ninth inning to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 8-7 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on Sunday.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, before Earlham rallied with three runs in the fifth and sixth frames to take a 6-4 edge.

Earlham maintained a 7-5 lead entering the top of the ninth inning, before Rose-Hulman scored twice to knot the score.  Sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) belted a two-out, two-run home run to force the tied score.

In the bottom of the ninth, Earlham relied on a single and a fielding error to place the go ahead run on third base.  With two outs, Andy McCoppin slapped a single to lift the Quakers to the victory.

Offensively, sophomore Matt Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) led Rose-Hulman with three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.  Freshman Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) pitched in with three singles, and Stopka contributed two hits.

Tyler Schroeder led the Earlham offense with three hits, including one run scored.  Ted Williams, Ryan Hayes and Ross Yoho had two hits each for the Quakers.  Zach Lee tossed the final two innings to earn the win.

Earlham improved to 8-11 overall and 1-5 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 14-6 and 4-2 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers host Anderson University on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in another league matchup.