LEXINGTON, KY. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology defeated Transylvania University in Saturday's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action.
The Engineers used 15 hits to power to a 9-1 victory in game one, then followed with three runs in the eighth inning to win 5-4 in game two.
In game one, Rose-Hulman featured five players with two hits, lead by junior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) who also scored two runs and batted in two more. Senior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) hit for two doubles in the effort.
Freshman Ben Menich (Mount Prospect, Ill.) allowed one run on five hits while striking out three batters to earn his fourth win of the season.
The Engineers scored three runs in the second inning, then followed with two runs in each the third, fourth and fifth innings to answer the Pioneers lone run scored in the first inning.
Down 1-0, Turk walked to open the second inning and advanced to third on a double by sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililini, Hawaii). Turk then scored the first run of the third on a single by senior Jaime Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney C.C.). Benitez then scored on a single by sophomore Parker Fulkerson (Terre Haute, Ind./Holy Cross U.) and Weinle scored off a fielding error by the hosts.
Stopka then double in the third inning to score a run and scored later in the inning. Junior Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute, Ind./North Vigo) scored in the fourth inning off a single by senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) single, and Fulkerson scored on a balk by the Transylvania pitcher.
Stopka doubled again in the fifth inning and scored on a Turk triple. Turk scored the final Engineer run on a Benitez single.
Benitez and Fulkerson each led game two with three hits. Benitez also hit for two doubles and scored twice, while Fulkerson added two RBI's.
Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Elmhurst) picked up his second win of the season, throwing five shutout innings and striking out three batters after entering in the third inning. Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) pitched out of an eighth inning jam and tossed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
Rose-Hulman trailed early in game two as Transylvania jumped to an early 4-0 lead after scoring 3 runs in the first, and adding another in the second.
Benitez doubled, and scored on a Fulkerson double to reduce the deficit to 4-1 in the fifth inning. Stopka added a run in the seventh to enter the eighth inning down 4-2.
Junior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) opend the eighth with a double and scored on a Stopka single. Benitez followed with a double to score Stopka. Benitez scored the game-winning run off a Fulkerson single.
Rose-Hulman improves to 22-8, 13-3 in the HCAC. Transylvania fell to 15-16, 8-9 in conference action. The teams return for the third game of the series Sunday. The Engineers return home to face HCAC rival Anderson University on Tuesday.