Rose-Hulman Baseball Invitational Day 2


newman-field-almaTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored six times in the fourth inning and four times in the eighth to rally from an early deficit and defeat Alma College 15-7 on Sunday.

The Fightin' Engineers finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Rose-Hulman Invitational with the victory.  Illinois Wesleyan defeated Concordia Chicago 11-2 at Bob Warn Field on the Indiana State campus on Sunday. 

With Sunday's results, Rose-Hulman, Concordia Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan each finished with 2-1 records during the Invitational.

The Fightin' Engineers blasted out 23 hits to rally from an early 7-2 deficit and capture the victory.  Senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) led the way with three hits, including his first home run of the season, and scored twice with two RBIs.

Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) added three hits, including a double, and scored twice to provide offensive support.  Akard also pitched the final three scoreless innings to pick up his third save of the season.

Junior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) added three hits, including a double, with three runs scored and two RBIs.  Junior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) pitched in with three hits, including a double, and had three RBIs with two runs scored.  Senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) rounded out the players with three hits by slapping a double with one run and one RBI.

Sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) added two singles, scored two runs and had two RBIs.  Junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) also added two hits and scored twice for Rose-Hulman.

The offensive effort helped freshman Caleb Post (Rockford, Mich.), earn his first college win on the mound.  Post allowed just one run and five hits in 3.1 innings of work to move to 1-0 on the season.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-4 overall, while Alma dropped to 2-5.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Defiance to open the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule with a three-game series next weekend.