Ninth Inning Rally Leads Franklin Past R-H


FulkersonWartTERRE 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 Grizzlies.

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.