Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Hanover

BOX SCORES:  GAME 1; GAME 2

turk-acHANOVER, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Hanover College battled to a split of Saturday's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader in southern Indiana.

The Fightin' Engineers won the nightcap 7-2, after Hanover earned a narrow 2-1 victory in the opener.

Hanover relied on three pitchers to claim a 2-1 victory in the opener.  Andrew Roby allowed one run and four hits in six inings, Clint Jones tossed two scoreless ining, and Chip Hockenbury pitched the ninth to earn the save.

Freshman Karson Nixon (Jasper) allowed just one earned run and three hits in six innings with four strikeouts in a tough loss.  Junior Michael Bush (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Christian) also tossed two scoreless innings for Rose-Hulman.

Freshman Patrick Klima (South Bend/St. Joseph) slapped two singles to lead the Engineer offense.  Senior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and junior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) also had doubles in game one.

In the nightcap, sophomore R.J. Carroll (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts, to pick up the victory.

Senior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) led the offense with two hits, including a double, and two runs scored.  Freshman Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll) also had two hits and scored two runs, and senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) contributed two hits and scored once.

Rose-Hulman stands 8-14 overall and 5-4 in conference play, while Hanover has a 14-9 record and is 7-3 in league play.  The Fightin' Engineers host Anderson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Art Nehf Field.