Balanced Attack Leads Rose-Hulman Past Anderson



newman-auTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on strong pitching and five players with multiple hit games to top Anderson University 5-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on Wednesday night.

Senior Ben Menich (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) led the pitching effort with six strong innings, allowing five hits and two walks.  Menich struck out four and allowed just one unearned run to move to 3-3 on the season.

Junior Michael Bush (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Academy) tossed the final three scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.

Offensively, five Fightin' Engineers had two hits each to lead a balanced attack. Defensively, Rose-Hulman turned three double plays in a strong effort.

Senior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) paced the Engineers with two hits, including a two-RBI triple.  Freshman Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll) scored two runs with two singles.

Other Engineers with multiple hits included junior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) with two singles and one RBI; senior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) with two singles; and freshman Donnie Waters (Franklin) with two singles and one RBI.

Zack Hufferd led the Anderson offense with three hits, including two doubles.  Brian Page tossed the complete game on the mound for the Ravens.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-14 on the season and 6-4 in HCAC play, while Anderson dropped to 10-14 and 6-5 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action with a non-conference home game against Washington University on Wednesday at 6 p.m.