AUBURNDALE, FLA. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored
three times in the ninth inning, but the team's rally fell just shy
in a 10-8 loss to Augustana College on Tuesday.
Trailing 10-5, junior Nick Pilipovich (Terre
Haute/North) opened the ninth inning with a walk.
Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis),
sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre Haute/Holy Cross
U.) and sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani,
Hawaii) each singled to bring Rose-Hulman within 10-7.
Later in the inning, junior Donald Stopka (Grayslake,
Ill./Carmel Catholic) added another single to make the
score 10-8. Closer Eric Egan came on with two outs and forced
an infield flyout to thwart the rally and secure the Augustana
Akard led the Rose-Hulman offense with four hits, including a
double, and two runs scored. Stopka added two singles, a
double, one run and one RBI. Fulkerson pitched in with two
singles and two runs scored. Junior Bobby Newman
(Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) blasted his first home run of
the year and scored twice for Rose-Hulman.
Ben Heaton tossed eight innings with six strikeouts to earn the
win for Augustana, with Egan picking up his first save.
Sophomore Michael Bush (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington
Christian) came out of the bullpen with 2.1 scoreless
innings to lead the Rose-Hulman pitching effort.
Rose-Hulman stands 2-2 overall this week and returns to action
against Milwaukee School of Engineering at noon on Wednesday.