DEFIANCE, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on
a strong pitching performance to sweep Defiance College 3-1 and 4-2
in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball opening
doubleheader on Saturday.
In the opener, senior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North
Harrison) tossed a complete game three-hitter with seven
strikeouts and just one walk to earn his fourth win of the
Sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) led
the offensive effort with a clutch two-run single. Junior
Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic)
and senior Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill.) added a
single and one run scored.
In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman snapped a 1-1 tie with one run in
the eighth and two in the ninth to earn a 4-2 victory.
Junior Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.) tossed 8.1
strong innings in the nightcap to improve to 2-0 and lead the
pitching effort. Post scattered eight hits with no walks and
one strikeout. Senior Ryan Fuller (Fort
Wayne/Elmhurst) recorded the final two outs for his second
save of the season.
Offensively, Stopka paced the offense with a home run and two
RBIs. Senior Jamie Weinle (Harrison, Ohio/Olney
C.C.) added a solo home run and scored twice. The
Engineers were held to four hits by a solid pitching performance
from Jake Taylor.
Rose-Hulman improved to 11-4 on the season and 2-0 in HCAC play,
while Defiance stands 6-8 and 0-2 in league games. The two
teams complete a three-game series with a single game on Sunday at
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