TERRE HAUTE, IND. --
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology defeated Illinois Wesleyan 7-3
and fell to Concordia Chicago 18-5 to open the Rose-Hulman Baseball
Invitational in Terre Haute on Saturday.
In other action on Saturday, Concordia
Chicago defeated Alma 10-6 at Indiana State on Saturday morning,
then Illinois Wesleyan topped Alma 11-2 at Indiana State in the
Sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii)
smashed a two-run home run, slapped three singles and had two RBIs
to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in the game one victory over
Illinois Wesleyan. Sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre
Haute/Holy Cross University) added a solo home run in the
eighth inning for the Engineers.
Other key hits for Rose-Hulman included a two-run single for
senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic) and an RBI single by senior Jamie Weinle
(Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.).
Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis)
slapped three singles for the Engineers, with Weinle and junior
Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) adding
two hits each.
The offensive effort helped make a winner of sophomore
Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.), who scattered eight
hits with three strikeouts in five innings of work. Senior
Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Homestead) tossed four
shutout innings in relief to earn his first save on just two hits
In the nightcap, Concordia Chicago scored four times in the
third inning and six times in the fourth to pull away from a
tight contest and earn an 18-5 victory. Nick Skala led the
Cougars with a home run, a double and three runs scored. Rob
Fioravanti added a double, three singles and five RBIs.
For Rose-Hulman, junior Nick Pilipovich (Terre
Haute/North Vigo) led the offensive effort with two
singles, and sophomore Michael Bush (Columbus,
Ohio/Worthington Christian) added a two-run single.
Benitez, Weinle and junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park,
Ill./Sandburg) added doubles for the Engineers.
Rose-Hulman stands 8-4 on the season and will face Alma at noon
on Sunday at Art Nehf Field in the Invitational finale.
Concordia Chicago improved to 9-1, while Illinois Wesleyan stands
6-2. Those two teams will square off at Sycamore Field on the
Indiana State campus on Sunday at noon.