TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Transylvania University held off a Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rally to earn a 7-4 victory in the finale of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball series on Sunday at Art Nehf Field.
Transylvania scored three times in the first, once in the second and twice in the fourth to gain an early 6-0 lead. Rose-Hulman rallied with single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but the Pioneers held off the surge to claim two of three wins in the series.
Ben Kuebbing led the Transylvania offense with three hits, including one run and one RBI. Drew Zuckerman added two doubles and two RBIs for the Pioneers.
Rose-Hulman blasted three solo home runs as part of the comeback effort. Senior Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon), senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) and junior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) hit the round trippers for three Fightin' Engineer scores.
Freshman Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) added a double and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) to plate the other Engineer run in the fifth inning. Kovacs, Newman and junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University) led the offense with two hits each.
Taylor Bugh improved to 5-0 on the season with seven strong innings to earn the win for Transylvania, with Danny Niehaus picking up the save. Senior Nick Rumpke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) led the Rose-Hulman pitching effort with 4 1/3 innings and no earned runs allowed in relief.
Transylvania improved to 17-7 overall and 8-4 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 19-10 and 9-5 in conference games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Tuesday night with a matchup against Franklin College at Victory Field.