Baseball Moves Into First Place in HCAC with Anderson Win

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chipka-auTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology moved into first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball standings with a dramatic 6-5 victory over Anderson University in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

Senior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University), the all-time leader in career batting average at Rose-Hulman, returned from injury in his first at bat of the season to provide the game winning hit. 

With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Dauenbaugh hit a dribbler down the third base line and reached first safely with the winning run to score sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii). 

Rose-Hulman scored twice in the seventh inning to tie the score at 4-4 and force extra innings.  Junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) doubled home one run, then senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) tied the game with an RBI single. 

Anderson scored once in the 11th inning to gain a 5-4 lead.  Jacob Craft hit a bloop double with one out to open the rally, then scored on a fielding error to give the Ravens the lead. 

Rose-Hulman's half of the 11th began with a one out strikeout, but a wild pitch allowed the batter to reach first base.  Benitez then doubled and Weinle was intentionally walked to loaded the bases. 

Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) tied the score with an RBI single to score junior Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North).  Following a strikeout, Dauenbaugh ended the game with an RBI single. 

Akard tossed eight strong innings with four strikeouts and seven hits allowed to force the game into extra innings.  Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) tossed the final three innings with four strikeouts and just one unearned run allowed to move to 3-2 on the season. 

Benitez led the offensive effort with three hits, including a double.  Senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic), junior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) and junior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) each had two hits for Rose-Hulman. 

Michael Tucker and Kyle Beckman led the Anderson offense with home runs.  Craft joined Cole Heberling with two hits each.  Nolan Schaefer tossed six strong innings in the start, allowing one earned run with two strikeouts. 

Rose-Hulman improved to 23-9 overall and 14-4 in conference play, while Anderson stands 22-12 and 14-5 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers hit the road for a non-conference matchup at DePauw University on Wednesday.