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 win.
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 RBIs.
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 two strikeouts.
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 at noon.