Baseball Falls at Earlham, Will Miss HCAC Tourney

BOX SCORES: GAME ONE; GAME TWO

newman-batRICHMOND, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology failed to qualify for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2007 after falling in a doubleheader at Earlham College on Sunday.

Rose-Hulman scored five times in the eighth inning of the opener to take a 7-6 lead, before Earlham answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to claim an 8-7 victory.

In the nightcap, Earlham relied on two runs in the second and fifth innings and added three more scores in the seventh to capture a 9-4 win. 

The opener featured Earlham building a 6-1 lead after five innings, before Rose-Hulman scored once in the sixth and added five runs in the eighth to claim a 7-6 advantage.

Senior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) started the rally with a solo home run in the sixth to make the score 6-2.  In the eighth, freshman Warren Whithaus (Robinson, Ill.) slapped a double, then the patient Engineers relied on three walks and a hit by pitch to score two runs.  Junior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) provided the key hit with a bases loaded, three-run double that gave Rose-Hulman a 7-6 edge.

Ryan Hayes responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth for Earlham to tie the score at 7-7, and Sam Ward hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to give the Quakers an 8-7 lead.

Rose-Hulman put runners on second and third in the ninth inning, but Adam Warning coaxed the final out of the game to secure the save.

Sophomore Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll) and sophomore Josh Hoeing (Rushville) slapped two hits each to lead the offense.  Hoeing scored twice and Alayon had one run and two RBIs.  Benitez added three RBIs. 

The Earlham offense featured two home runs for Hayes, who had four RBIs and three hits.  Ethan Bailey also homered for the Quakers.

In game two, Rose-Hulman rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score at 3-3.  Earlham answered with two runs in the fifth and three in the seventh to pull away and secure the win.

Newman led the offense with a double, a triple and one run scored.  Hoeing scored twice and freshman Patrick Klima (South Bend/St. Joseph) drew three walks and had one RBI for Rose-Hulman.

The Earlham offense featured a 3-3 performance from Hayes and three hits with three RBIs from Ross Yoho.

Rose-Hulman stands 15-24 on the season and finishes the HCAC regular season with a 12-12 record.  Earlham improved to 12-27 and 8-16 in league games. 

The Fightin' Engineers conclude the 2013 season with a non-conference home matchup against Wabash College on Monday at 6 p.m.