AUBURNDALE, FLA. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned the 1,000th win in the history of the baseball program with a 6-4 victory over Farmingdale State in the 2012 season opener on Saturday.
Farmingdale State held a 3-2 lead after seven innings, before Rose-Hulman scored twice in the eighth and ninth innings to rally and earn the victory.
Sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre Haute/Holy Cross U.) led the Engineers with three singles, one run and one stolen base. Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) added a single, double, two runs and pitched the ninth inning to earn the save.
Junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) added a triple and a single. Sophomore John Krasich (Westfield/Brebeuf Jesuit) came out of the bullpen with three innings of relief to pick up the victory. Krasich allowed one hit, one walk and one earned run in the effort.
Rose-Hulman relied on a single by Fulkerson, a hit by pitch, and back-to-back singles by Newman and junior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) to take a 4-3 lead after 7 1/2 innings.
In the ninth, the Fightin' Engineers pieced together an error, an RBI double by Akard and an RBI single by Fulkerson to score two more runs.
Rose-Hulman stands 1-0 on its Florida trip and returns to action on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Brandeis.