GREENCASTLE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology battled in an 11-inning baseball contest for the second
consecutive day, but this time DePauw University came out on top
with a 7-6 victory on Wednesday.
The Fightin' Engineers played an 11-inning game for the second
time in 24 hours, after capturing first place for now in the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with
a 6-5 win over Anderson on Tuesday.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one-half inning on
Wednesday, but DePauw rallied with three runs in the second and two
in the fourth to move within 6-5.
After DePauw tied the score with one run in the sixth inning,
the pitching staff for both teams took over. Four scoreless
innings later, DePauw scored once in the 11th to earn the
Sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii),
senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence
Catholic), sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre
Haute/North) and junior Donald Stopka (Grayslake,
Ill./Carmel Catholic) led the Rose-Hulman offense with two
Benitez scored two runs, Stopka added one run and one RBI, while
Burchett and Fulkerson scored once each. Sophomore
Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) added a single
and two RBIs.
The Fightin' Engineers used a pitching staff by committee in the
midweek non-conference game. Five pitchers tossed two innings
each prior to the 11th inning. Senior Jim Bob Schuler
(Salem/North Harrison) and sophomore Michael Bush
(Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Christian) recorded two
shutout innings to lead the hurlers.
The DePauw offense featured three hits and three runs scored for
Robbie Stein. Zach Starr and Sam Swafford had two hits for
the Tigers. Elliott Ross started and pitched seven innings
for DePauw, before Alex Sroka added three scoreless innings and Joe
Wojda earned the win.
Rose-Hulman relied on its defense to stay within striking
distance. The Fightin' Engineers turned four double plays in
the contest, increasing their NCAA Division III leading and school
record total to 59.
The No. 15 ranked DePauw squad improved to 30-7 on the season,
while Rose-Hulman dropped to 23-10. The Fightin' Engineers
resume their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule with
a three-game series at Manchester on Saturday