TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology improved to 10-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference baseball action with a 6-1 and 4-2 sweep over Hanover
College on Friday night at Art Nehf Field.
In the opener, senior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North
Harrison) tossed a complete game seven-hitter with no
earned runs allowed and three strikeouts to move to 5-2 on the
Offensively, Rose-Hulman scored four runs in the second inning
to earn the victory. Sophomore Hank Akard
(Indianapolis/Ben Davis), senior Jamie Weinle
(Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) and sophomore Parker
Fulkerson (Terre Haute/North) had two hits each to lead
the Engineers. Akard had one RBI, Weinle blasted a double
with one RBI, and Fulkerson had a double, one run and one RBI.
Senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic) added a triple and scored two runs to provide
Defensively, Rose-Hulman turned a school record tying five
double plays in the opener to lead the balanced performance.
In the nightcap, freshman Ben Menich (Prospect,
Ill./Mount Prospect) matched the game one pitching effort
with seven innings of one run work. Menich struck out four
and scattered seven hits in his third win of the year. Senior
Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) pitched the
final two innings for his third save.
Offensively, Akard and junior Nick Pilipovich (Terre
Haute/North Vigo) paced the game two offense with two hits
each. Junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park,
Ill./Sandburg) also scored two runs for the Engineers.
Rose-Hulman relied on a sacrifice fly by junior Donald
Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) and an RBI single
from Pilipovich to take a 2-1 lead after four innings. In the
seventh, Weinle drove home one run and Rose-Hulman also took
advantage of a fielding error for the second run.
Rose-Hulman improved to 19-8 on the season and 10-3 in HCAC
play, while Hanover dropped to 17-12 and 7-7 in league games.
The two teams will complete their series with a single game on
Saturday at 6 p.m.