TERRE 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
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
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