TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman and Bluffton fought to a split
in the opening games of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
baseball series on Saturday at Art Nehf Field.
Bluffton relied on a strong pitching effort to win game one by a
3-1 count. Rose-Hulman scored twice in the second inning and
three times in the third in the nightcap to earn a 7-4 game two
In the opener, Miles Richardson tossed a complete-game
six-hitter to lead Bluffton to the 3-1 victory. Tyler
Stephenson led the Beavers with two singles, one run and one RBI,
while Nick Broyles also contributed two hits.
Sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre Haute/North
Vigo) led the Rose-Hulman offense with three singles in
game one. Senior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North
Harrison) tossed a complete-game eight-hitter with four
strikeouts on the mound.
In game two, Rose-Hulman recorded 14 hits in the victory.
Senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.)
led the offense with a home run, double, single, one run scored and
two RBIs. Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben
Davis) also added a double, two singles, two runs and two
Other key contributors to the Rose-Hulman offense included
freshman Andrew Bryant (Indianapolis/Franklin
Central) with two doubles and two runs scored; sophomore
Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) with two singles
and one run; and sophomore Nick Pilipovich (Terre
Haute/North) with two singles and one RBI.
Rose-Hulman's 14 hits included four doubles and one home run.
On the mound, sophomore Ethan Post (Rockford,
Mich.) tossed a strong five-plus innings to move to 3-0 on
the year. Post scattered eight hits and allowed two runs with
Anthony Cianci led the Bluffton offense with three doubles and a
single in game two.
Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Elmhurst) tossed
a strong 3.1 innings and allowed no earned runs with three
strikeouts, before sophomore Michael Bush (Columbus,
Ohio/Worthington Christian) picked up the final out for
his first save.
Rose-Hulman remains in a first place tie in the HCAC standings
at 4-1 in league play and 13-5 overall after the split.
Bluffton stands 9-11 overall and 2-3 in conference games. The
two teams complete their series with a nine inning game on Sunday
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