WINTER HAVEN, FLA. -- Loras College rallied from a 6-1 deficit
to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 7-6 in 15 innings as
part of the Fightin' Engineer baseball trip to Florida on
The 15-inning game marked the second longest game in Rose-Hulman
baseball history, behind only a 17-inning contest against Earlham
College in 1995.
Five Fightin' Engineers led the 16-hit offensive effort with
multiple hit games.
Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis)
paced the effort with three singles, a double, two runs scored and
Sophomore Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison
Trail) added three hits, including a double, and
stole two bases. Sophomore Andrew Benitez
(Mililani, Hawaii) contributed three singles and two
Junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park,
Ill./Sandburg) pitched in with two singles and one
RBI. Senior Will Burchett (Mokena,
Ill./Providence Catholic) rounded out the multiple hit
Engineers with two singles and two runs scored.
Loras forced extra innings in dramatic fashion. With
Rose-Hulman holding a 6-5 lead and two outs in the ninth inning,
Billy Kass blasted a home run to knot the score at 6-6 and cause
the extra frames.
Sophomore Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.) provided
a solid start but had to settle for a no decision. Post
allowed three hits and three runs in 5.1 innings of work to give
the Engineers their early lead.
Akard led the bullpen performance with five strong innings of
work. He allowed just one hit and one earned run with five
strikeouts from the ninth through 13th innings.
The Rose-Hulman defense also played a role in the contest by
turning four double plays, increasing the team's total to 15 turned
in six Florida games.
Rose-Hulman stands 3-3 on its Florida trip, while Loras improved
to 1-3. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Friday
with a 3 p.m. matchup against St. John Fisher.
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