FRANKLIN, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team tallied season-highs of 21 hits and six doubles to top Franklin College 16-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Tuesday.
Rose-Hulman scored twice in the first and sixth innings to build a 6-3 lead after six frames. The Fightin' Engineers broke the game open with six runs in the seventh inning, then scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to secure the win.
Junior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) led the offense with four hits, including a double, and four runs scored.
Freshman Patrick Klima (South Bend/St. Joseph), senior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), freshman Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll) and senior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) added three hits each.
Klima scored three runs and had one double; Newman added one run, a double and one RBI; Alayon had a double and scored twice; and Turk recorded three RBIs with one run scored and a double.
Freshman Donnie Waters (Franklin) added two singles and two RBIs, and senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) pitched in with two RBIs and a double.
On the mound, freshman Andrew Stull (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) allowed one run in four innings of work with two strikeouts. Junior Michael Bush (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Christian) tossed 1.1 innings and allowed one run with two strikeouts, before freshman Karson Nixon (Jasper) closed the game with three scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
Rose-Hulman improved to 7-11 overall and 4-2 in HCAC play, while Franklin dropped to 8-10 and 2-5 in league games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Wabash College on Wednesday.
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