Stemple Home Run Leads Engineers Over North Central


StempleTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon) (pictured) blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning to snap a 7-7 tie and lead the Engineers past North Central 8-7 on Saturday.

North Central scored once in the seventh to claim a 6-5 lead, before the Engineers answered with two runs of their own in the seventh.  The Cardinals knotted the score at 7-7 in the eighth, before freshman Kevin Farley (Centennial, Colo./Littleton) shut down the rally with two straight outs in relief.

Stemple gave the Engineers an 8-7 advantage with his solo blast, then Farley tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his first college victory.

Stemple was one of four Engineers to record four hits in the game.  Sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) blasted two doubles, scored twice and had two RBIs, while Stemple scored twice wth one RBI.  Senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) slapped two singles and scored twice, and sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) pitched in with two singles and one RBI.

Sophomore Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North Harrison) pitched five strong innings to earn a no-decision.  Schuler scattered five hits and allowed two earned runs with five strikeouts in the contest.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-4 on the season, and North Central dropped to 2-2.  The Engineers and Cardinals complete their three-game series with a noon matchup on Sunday.