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
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
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
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