Baseball Splits with Transylvania to Capture Series Win



carroll-tuTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology split Sunday's baseball doubleheader with Transylvania University to capture a series victory at Art Nehf Field.

Transylvania won the first game 3-1 behind a complete-game pitching performance by Shelby Dixon.  Rose-Hulman won the nightcap 5-0 behind a strong pitching effort from freshman Andrew Stull (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake).

The Fightin' Engineers won two of three games in the series after capturing a 6-1 victory on Saturday night.

In Sunday's opener, Dixon scattered seven hits and allowed just one run with two strikeouts to pick up the win for the Pioneers.

Offensively, Kameron Mason and John Michael Cowley led Transylvania with two hits each.  Mason slapped a double, and Zach Bynum added a double and one run.

Rose-Hulman senior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) highlighted the opening game by setting a career school record for putouts.  Stopka had 11 putouts in the contest to raise his career total to 822.

Seven Fightin' Engineers each had one hit during the first game.  Senior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the way with a triple, and junior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) added a double.

Sophomore R.J. Carroll (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) pitched a strong six innings for Rose-Hulman.  Carroll allowed six hits and two runs with two strikeouts in the start.

In the nightcap, Stull allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings to move to 2-1 on the season.  He walked just two with one strikeout in the performance.

Sophomore Ben Menich (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) added a scoreless eighth inning, and Akard preserved the shutout with a scoreless ninth.

Offensively, senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) led the Fightin' Engineers with four singles and three runs scored. 

Three Rose-Hulman players added two hits each.  Freshman Donnie Waters (Franklin) added two singles, one run and one RBI.  Akard had a single, double, two RBIs and scored one run.  Junior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) pitched in with two singles and two RBIs.

Rose-Hulman stands 11-15 overall and 8-5 in conference play, while Transylvania has a 14-13 mark and is 7-7 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action with a matchup against Franklin College at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday at 6 p.m.