TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Franklin
College scored twice in the ninth inning to break a 6-6 tie and top
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 8-6 in a Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference baseball matchup on Tuesday night.
Franklin took advantage of a two-out fielding error and an RBI
single by Jordon Klinedinst to plate two runs in the decisive ninth
inning. Jesse Wilson had two hits and a home run for
Franklin, and Nick Stoia joined Klinedinst with two hits for the
Sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park,
Ill./Sandburg) and sophomore Parker Fulkerson
(Terre Haute/North) led the offensive effort with two hits
each. Junior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison
Trail) scored twice for the Engineers.
Rose-Hulman rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to knot the score
at 6-6 with two runs in the eighth inning. The late rally
featured a sacrifice fly by senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison,
Ohio/Olney C.C.) and an RBI single by sophomore
Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North).
Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) led
the pitching effort with a three innings of work and no earned runs
allowed. After a four-run first inning, sophomore
Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) allowed just
two runs in his next 4.2 innings of work.
Franklin improved to 17-4 on the season and 5-2 in HCAC play,
while Rose-Hulman dropped to 14-6 and 5-2 in league games.
The Fightin' Engineers head to Washington University on Wednesday
for a non-conference contest.