Baseball Splits Senior Day Twinbill with Defiance



746-seniorsTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology split a pair of one-run games on Senior Day in a competitive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with Defiance College.

The Fightin' Engineers scored once in the bottom of the ninth in the nightcap to capture a 5-4 victory.  Defiance scored once in the top of the ninth to break a tie and capture a 3-2 win in the opener. 

In the game two win, Jeff Jenkins reached the 600-win plateau at Rose-Hulman.  His record stands at 600-364-1 in 24 years at Rose-Hulman, with his overall career mark at 645-429-2 in 27 years as a college head coach.  Prior to Jenkins' arrival, the team had won 440 games in over 80 years of play. 

Prior to the first game, Rose-Hulman honored its seven seniors in a pregame ceremony.  This year's seniors include Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne), Matt Green (Lemont, Ill.), Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North), Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.), Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) and Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail).

In the opener, Rose-Hulman built a 2-0 lead on RBIs by sophomore Kody Alayon (Hammond/Noll) and junior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii).  Junior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) joined Newman and Chipka with two hits each.

Defiance tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the eighth on a two-run single by Darin Waterman.  Pinch hitter Ben Weber added the game winning RBI single in the top of the ninth.

The matchup was a strong pitching dual between Jake Taylor of Defiance and sophomore R.J. Carroll (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) of Rose-Hulman.  Taylor allowed eight hits and two runs in eight innings, while Carroll allowed just one earned run with four strikeouts in eight-plus innings.

In the nightcap, Newman smashed a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to give Rose-Hulman a 5-4 victory.  Turk started the inning with a single, advanced to a second on a single by Akard, and scored on Newman's double.

Stopka slapped two singles and scored once, while Newman finished with a single, double and one RBI in the nightcap.  Chipka had another two-hit game with one run scored and one RBI.

On the mound, freshman Andrew Stull (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) tossed 6.2 innings with two strikeouts in a no-decision, and sophomore Caleb Post (Rockford, Mich.) came on with 2.1 scoreless innings and two strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season.

Rose-Hulman stands 14-19 overall and 11-8 in league play, while Defiance has a mark of 18-12 and 11-9 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Anderson on Sunday at 2 p.m.