MANCHESTER, IND. -- Manchester College kept its Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament hopes alive with
a 7-6 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on
Anderson University moved one-half game
ahead of Rose-Hulman in the HCAC baseball standings due to its 2-0
victory over Mount St. Joseph on Sunday.
Anderson stands 17-5 in HCAC play with three
games remaining next week at Franklin. Rose-Hulman has a 16-5
mark in league games and hosts Earlham in a three-game series next
The top four teams in the final standings
will compete in the May 10-12 tournament that will be hosted by the
With the score tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning,
Corey Marchant opened the frame with a walk and advanced to third
on a single by Jordan Nieman. Trevor Kimm slapped a two out
single to move the Spartans to 12-10 and one game behind
fourth-place Transylvania in league play.
Bryce Murphy picked up the win for Manchester with 2.2 innings
of scoreless relief to move to 6-2 on the season.
Offensively, senior Will Burchett (Mokena,
Ill./Providence Catholic) led Rose-Hulman with a single,
double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Sophomore
Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) also had a
single and a double with two RBIs and one run scored.
Other Fightin' Engineers with multiple hits included junior
Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic)
with two singles and one RBI; and senior Jamie Weinle
(Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) with a single, double and one
Rose-Hulman relied on a four-run fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead
early in the contest. Weinle and junior Matthew Turk
(Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) started the rally with
back-to-back doubles. Sophomore Parker Fulkerson
(Terre Haute/Holy Cross Univ.) added an RBI single, and
Benitez brought home a run with a fielder's choice. Stopka
capped the rally with another RBI single.
Manchester answered with five runs in the next half inning to
take a 6-5 lead after five innings and set the stage for a tight
battle for the rest of the game.
Rose-Hulman stands 25-11 on the season and 16-5 in HCAC play,
while Manchester improved to 20-17 and 12-10 in league
The Fightin' Engineers host Earlham in a single game on Thursday
at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader on Friday at 6 p.m. to close the
regular season schedule. Rose-Hulman has clinched one of
four bids to the HCAC Tournament.