Baseball Team Completes Series Sweep of MSJ

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burchett-msjTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology completed a three-game baseball series sweep over Mount St. Joseph with a 9-6 victory on Saturday at Art Nehf Field.

Junior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) led the offense effort with three hits, including two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Sophomore Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) added a single, three RBIs and scored once. 

Other key offensive contributors included senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) with two singles and two RBIs; sophomore Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North) with two singles, one RBI and one run; and senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) with two runs scored.

The offensive effort helped freshman Ben Menich (Prospect, Ill./Mount Prospect) improve to 2-0 on the season on the mound.  Menich tossed seven innings and allowed just one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts.

Sophomore Matt Green (Lemont, Ill.) tossed the final 1.1 innings of hitless relief with one strikeout to earn his first save.

Kyle Ottaway and Garrett Edwards led the Mount St. Joseph offense with one hit and two RBIs each.  The Engineers scored six runs in five innings off Lions ace Collin Shaw, who dropped to 1-2 on the season.

Rose-Hulman scored three runs in the third and sixth innings to secure the win.  The third inning rally was keyed by a two-run single by Stopka and an RBI hit by Pilipovich.  In the sixth inning, Weinle had a two-run single and Burchett drove home the remaining run on a fielder's choice.

Rose-Hulman improved to 17-7 on the season and 8-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 9-14 and 2-8 in league play.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action with a trip to league leader Anderson University on Tuesday afternoon.