NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
remained in first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference standings with a 7-6 and 6-3 doubleheader sweep at
Manchester College on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman retained a one-half game lead over Anderson in
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference by improving to 25-10
and 16-4 in league play. Manchester dropped to 19-17 and
11-10 in HCAC games.
In addition, Rose-Hulman clinched a bid to the HCAC Tournament
scheduled for May 10-12. The league's regular season champion
will serve as tournament host with games on their home field.
In the opener, Rose-Hulman pounded out 12 hits to capture the
tightly contested contest. Both team scored three runs in the
third inning, twice in the fifth and once in the sixth.
Rose-Hulman scored once in the fourth to provide the game deciding
Senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic) had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs
from the leadoff spot. Senior Derek Dauenbaugh
(Bloomington, Ill./University) added two hits, with a
double, and three RBIs in his first start of the season after
returning from injury.
Other Rose-Hulman with two singles each included sophomore
Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) with one RBI and
one run scored; sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre
Haute/Holy Cross University) with one run scored; and
junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg)
with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Freshman Ben Menich (Prospect, Ill./Mount
Prospect) improved to 5-0 on the season with five innings
in the start and four strikeouts. Senior Ryan Fuller
(Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) tossed the final two innings and
held Manchester to one run for his fourth save.
Rose-Hulman's large offensive innings came in the third and
fifth frames. Newman had a key two-run single and Dauenbaugh
added an RBI double to lead the third inning charge.
Dauenbaugh's two-run single highlighted the fifth inning.
In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman scored three runs in the first and
single runs in the second, third and fifth frames to earn the 6-3
Senior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North Harrison)
provided a strong pitching performance to improve to 7-3 on the
season. Schuler scattered seven hits and allowed two earned
runs with five strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work. Sophomore
Michael Bush (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington
Christian) recorded the final four outs for his second
Newman led the offense with four singles and three runs
scored. Fulkerson tallied three singles with one run scored
and one RBI for Rose-Hulman.
The three-run first inning provided the momentum for the
win. Newman provided an RBI single, junior Donald
Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) hit a grounder
that led to the second run, and sophomore Hank Akard
(Indianapolis/Ben Davis) hit a sacrifice fly to bring home
the third run.
The two teams conclude their series with a single game on Sunday
at 1 p.m.