TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology baseball team opened its 2012 home schedule with a 9-2
victory over Westminster College Sunday.
The Engineers were led by sophomore Hank Akard
(Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) who went 3 for 5 on the day
including a triple in the first inning. He also scored two
Sophomores Andrew Benitez (Mililani,
Hawaii) and Bobby Newman (Orland Park,
Ill./Sandburg) and junior Matthew Turk (Addison,
Ill./Addison Trail) added two hits each. Turk also
scored two runs for Rose-Hulman.
Senior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem, Ind./North
Harrison) allowed just five hits in seven innings for his
third win of the year.
The Engineers took an early lead when Akard opened up their
first inning with a triple and scored on a two-out double by
After the Blue Jays tied the game in the second, Rose-Hulman
scored six runs in the fourth inning, Two singles and a hit
by pitch loaded the bases before another hit by pitch scored junior
Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel
Catholic). An error by the Wesminster shortstop
allowed Turk to score and senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison,
Ohio/Olney C.C.) scored on an Akard single for the first
three Engineer runs of the inning. With the bases loaded, a
passed ball allowed three more runs to score while the catcher had
trouble finding the ball.
Westminster added another run in the fifth before the Engineers
added two more runs in the seventh inning for the 9-2 final.
Rose-Hulman honored Lt. Col. Raul Benitez before the game as he
threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Benitez was serving in
the Special Forces in Iraq at this time last year and threw
the pitch to his son, Andrew.
The Fightin' Engineers stand 6-3 overall this season and return
to action Monday evening as they will again face Westminster
College at Art Nehf Field. The Blue Jays fell to 3-7 on the
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