RICHMOND, 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.
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
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
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