TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology relied on two key three-run hits to top Earlham College
8-4 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
baseball series on Thursday night at Art Nehf
Junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park,
Ill./Sandburg) turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 advantage
with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Junior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel
Catholic) started the offense with a bases loaded,
three-run double in the first to tie the game at 3-3.
The offensive spurt helped freshman R.J. Carroll
(Lexington, Ky./Catholic) pick up the victory with three
scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Carroll scattered four
hits with one strikeout to move to 3-1 on the season.
Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort
Wayne/Elmhurst) added 2.2 scoreless innings out
of the bullpen, before sophomore Michael Bush (Columbus,
Ohio/Worthington Christian) tossed a
scoreless ninth to secure the victory.
Senior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington,
Ill./University) slapped two singles with one run scored,
with Newman and Benitez scoring twice for Rose-Hulman. Junior
Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North Vigo) added a
two-run single in the seventh inning.
Ted Williams led the Earlham offense with three hits, and Sam
Ward contributed two hits and one RBI to the effort.
Rose-Hulman kept its Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference title hopes alive with the victory. The Fightin'
Engineers need one more win in their three-game
series with Earlham than Anderson earns in their three-game series
at Franklin this weekend. The Anderson vs. Franklin series
begins on Friday.
Rose-Hulman must win at least one of Friday's two 6
p.m. games to remain in title contention. The
Engineers improved to 26-11 overall and 17-5 in HCAC play, while
Earlham dropped to 14-21 and 4-17 in league games.