Rose-Hulman Powers to 11-9 Victory Over Westminster




TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Westminster college jumped to an early lead after a five run first inning before Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored multiple runs in the first three innings to key an 11-9 victory.

Juniors Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute, Ind./North Vigo) and Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) each had three hits in the game.  Pilipovich had two doubles, a triple and five runs batted in while Stopka had a double and scored two runs. 

Senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) added two doubles and scored two runs.   Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) added two hits, including one double, and also scored two runs.

Senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.) chipped in with three runs.  Sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililini, Hawaii) batted in two runs to contribute to the effort. 

Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne/Homestead) led the pitching effort with four scoreless innings, and Akard pitched the final two innings for his second save of the season.

The Blue Jays started the game by scoring five runs in the first inning.  Rose-Hulman answered with three runs in the bottom of the first.  Akard doubled to opened the inning and scored when sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre Haute, Ind./Holy Cross) singled.  Benitez then followed with a home run before three outs ended the inning.

The Engineers tied the game in the second when Pilipovich doubled to score two runs.

Westminster took the lead back with a run in the top of the third.  Rose-Hulman then again scored two more runs to take their first lead of the game. Stopka opened the inning with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a Weinle single.  Weinle was able to score on another Pilipovich double.

The Engineers added a run in both the fifth and sixth inning to take a 9-6 lead before the Blue Jays added three runs in the seventh keyed by a two-run double by Nick Hoag. 

Rose-Hulman answered immediately as Pilipovich tripled to score Weinle and Burchett. 

The Engineers are now 7-3 on the year.  Westminster fell to 3-8.  Rose-Hulman returns to action Saturday as they face Illinois Wesleyan and Concordia-Chicago at Art Nehf Field.