ANDERSON, IND. -- Anderson University scored twice in the first inning and three times in the fourth, then relied on strong pitching to top Rose-Hulman 7-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.
Nolan Schaefer kept Rose-Hulman off balance with a strong pitching effort to key the victory. Schaefer allowed just three hits in seven innings with six strikeouts to move to 2-1 on the season. Tyler Watson pitched the final two innings to secure the win.
Offensively, Jacob Craft led the host Ravens with a two-run triple. Jeremy Shelmadine added two hits, including a double, with one RBI.
Rose-Hulman's offensive effort was led by senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) and senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) with two singles each. Burchett also provided the Engineers lone run with a sharp ground ball that was errantly fielded by the Ravens to score sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) with the Engineer run.
Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) and freshman R.J. Carroll (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) paced the Rose-Hulman pitching effort with two innings and one run allowed out of the bullpen.
Anderson improved to 17-8 on the season and took a two-game lead in the HCAC standings at 10-1 in league play. Rose-Hulman stands 17-8 overall and 8-3 in league games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. with a nine-inning game against Hanover.