TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology closed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
regular season baseball schedule with a split against Earlham
College on Friday.
Rose-Hulman won the opener 4-2 behind
a complete game pitching effort
from freshman Ben Menich (Prospect, Ill./Mount
Prospect). Earlham won the nightcap by the same
score in a set of games delayed an hour by rain.
With the split, Rose-Hulman awaits the results of this weekend's
three-game series between Anderson and Franklin to determine
whether the Fightin' Engineers will host the HCAC Tournament next
Rose-Hulman would host the tournament on May 10-12 and win its
first regular season conference championship since 1996 if Franklin
wins two or more games over Anderson in a three-game series set for
Saturday and Sunday.
In the opener, Menich scattered 10 hits with
five strikeouts to improve to 6-0 on the season. Menich
allowed two earned runs with two walks in the complete game
Offensively, senior Will Burchett
(Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) led the Engineers with
two singles and one run scored. Senior Jamie Weinle
(Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) added a two-run double for
In the nightcap, Earlham scored once in the
second inning and twice in the third to gain a 3-0 lead. One
more Quaker run pushed the edge to 4-0 after five
Rose-Hulman relied on a home run by Weinle
and an RBI single by sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani,
Hawaii) to move within 4-2, but T.J. Plummer recorded the
final three outs for Earlham to earn the save and secure the
Weinle finished 1-3 with a home run, and
Benitez had two singles to lead the Engineer offensive
effort. Junior Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.)
allowed three unearned runs in 3.2 innings, junior Matt
Green (Lemont, Ill.) tossed 3.1 innings and allowed just
one run, and freshman Jake Althouse (Converse, Ind./Oak
Hill) shut out Earlham for the final two innings to lead
the pitching effort.
Rose-Hulman completes the regular season at 27-12 and 18-6 in
league play. The seeding for the HCAC Tournament, and the
site and game times will be published on the Rose-Hulman website
when confirmed later this weekend.
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