Anderson Defeats Rose-Hulman To Advance In HCAC Tourney


AUGM4TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored three runs in the first inning but Anderson University rallied to top the Fightin' Engineers 7-3 on Friday in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament. 

Greg Vogt rebounded after allowing three runs to shutout the Engineers and gain a complete game win.  

Jacob Craft led the Raven offense with three hits and one run.  Aaron Rogers, Cole Heberling, Michael Tucker and Zach Garcia all added two hits each.  Kyle Beckman chipped in with three runs batted in while Drew Brantley contributed two RBI's.  

Brantley and Jeremy Shelmadine each scored two runs.  

Rose-Hulman was led by Bobby Newman's three hits and one run.  Will Burchett and Parker Fulkerson went for two hits each, with Fulkerson adding a run.  

The Engineers jumped to an early 3-0 lead. Fulkerson doubled down the left field line and scored on an Anderson error off a batted ball by Andrew Benitez, who then scored off another Anderson throwing error when Bobby Newman singled.  Newman then scored to increase the Rose-Hulman advantage.      

RHGM4Anderson answered with a run in the fourth when Brantley scored on a groundout to third by Beckman and gained two more runs in the fifth.  With bases loaded, Brantley singled, scoring Craft and Tucker to tie the game at three.

The Ravens took the lead in the seventh inning.  Heberling scored on a fielder's choice and Engineer error.  Brantley then scored another run on a single by Rogers and Shelmadine scored on a sacrifice fly to take a 6-3 lead.  The team then added one more in the ninth inning to secure a 7-3 victory.

The win advances Anderson to face Franklin College.  The winner will advance to the championship round to face Manchester Saturday at noon.  With the loss, Rose-Hulman ends their historic season, winning their first regular-season conference title in 16 years with a 27-14 record.