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
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