BLUFFTON, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the opener of Saturday's doubleheader 9-4, before Bluffton rallied to win the nightcap 6-3 to cap a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series.
The Fightin' Engineers relied on a balanced offensive effort to earn a 9-4 victory in the opener. Three players had multiple hits to lead the attack.
Freshman Donnie Waters (Franklin) smashed two doubles, scored one run and had three RBIs to pace the effort. Freshman Patrick Klima (South Bend/St. Joseph's) added two singles with two runs scored and one RBI, and senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) had two singles.
Other key contributors in the game one victory included senior Nick Pilipovich (Terre Haute/North) with a single, one run and two RBIs; and junior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) with a double and two runs scored.
On the mound, freshman Karson Nixon (Jasper) pitched 3.2 innings of strong relief with four strikeouts to pick up the victory. Sophomore Caleb Post (Rockford, Mich.) tossed a scoreless 1.1 innings to earn the save.
In the nightcap, Bluffton scored four times in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and secure a series and game win.
Senior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) led the Rose-Hulman offense with two hits, including a double, one run and one RBI. Chipka added two more singles and scored once, and senior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) contributed two singles and an RBI.
Sophomore R.J. Carroll (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) allowed just two earned runs in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts to lead the Rose-Hulman pitching effort.
Rose-Hulman stands 6-11 overall and 3-2 in league play, while Bluffton has an 11-7 mark and is 3-3 in conference games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Tuesday at Franklin College.
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