Rose-Hulman Sweeps Wartburg



Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swept wartburg College 7-3 and 3-0 to open the 2011 baseball season on Sunday to open the team's spring trip to Florida.

Junior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/N. Harrison) tossed six shutout innings in the nightcap, before junior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) came on to pitch the final frame and earn the save.

In the opener, senior Andrew Oakley (Clinton Township, Mich./ Chippewa Valley) tossed the seven-inning complete game to earn the opening day win.

In game one, the Fightin' Engineers scored three times in the fifth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit, then added two insurance runs in the final frame.

Sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the offensive effort with three hits, including two doubles, with two RBIs.  Senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) (pictured) contributed three singles, one RBI and one run to the effort.  Sophomore Matt Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) also had two hits, including a double, with one run scored and one RBI.

Game two featured a pitcher's duel, with Rose-Hulman scoring all three of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Senior Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon) opened the fourth inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by freshman Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii).  Kovacs put the Engineers ahead 1-0 on a single, before Newman made the lead 2-0 on a sacrifice fly.  Sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) capped the rally with an RBI single.

Rose-Hulman stands 2-0 on the season, while Wartburg is 1-2 on the campaign.  The Fightin' Engineers square off with Widener University on Monday afternoon in Winter Haven.