TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
captured two of three games in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference baseball series with Bluffton University after winning
4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning,
senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic) slapped a two-out double. Sophomore
Parker Fulkerson (Terre Haute/North) then won the
game with an RBI single to left field.
Freshman R.J. Carroll (Lexington,
Ky./Catholic) picked up the win with three strong innings
out of the bullpen. Carroll scattered three hits with one
strikeout and no runs allowed, including retiring leadoff hitter
Kyle Niermann with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to preserve
the tied score.
Freshman Ben Menich (Mount Prospect,
Ill./Prospect) enjoyed a strong start on the mound to
provide pitching depth in the victory. Menich tossed seven
innings, allowing just one run on seven hits with four
Offensively, junior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison
Trail) led the Rose-Hulman offense with three hits,
including a double, and had two RBIs. Burchett and Fulkerson
were joined by sophomores Andrew Benitez (Mililani,
Hawaii) and Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben
Davis) with two hits each.
The two teams were tied at 1-1 until Rose-Hulman scored twice in
the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Bobby Newman
(Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) opened the rally with a
single and scored on back-to-back singles by Akard and Turk.
Sophomore Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North)
added an RBI sacrifice bunt for the second run of the frame.
Bluffton relied on a two-out, two-run single by Anthony Cianci
in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3 and set the
stage for extra innings. Niermann led the Bluffton offense
with three singles. Kelly Barnes scattered eight hits and
allowed three runs in seven innings to lead the Beaver pitching
Rose-Hulman improved to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference play to retain a share of first
place in the league standings. Bluffton stands 9-12 overall
and 2-4 in league play. Rose-Hulman returns home with a
matchup against nationally ranked Franklin on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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