TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong pitching performance by freshman Karson Nixon (Jasper) and timely hitting to top Transylvania University 6-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball series opener on Saturday night.
The Fightin' Engineers scored two runs in the third inning and three in the fourth to turn a 1-1 tie into a 6-1 victory.
Nixon tossed a complete game three-hitter to lead the Rose-Hulman effort. He allowed just three singles and one unearned run with two double plays turned and two strikeouts to move to 3-2 on the season.
Freshman Warren Whithaus (Robinson, Ill.) led the Rose-Hulman offense with four hits, including two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored. Junior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) also had a multiple-hit game with two singles, one run and one RBI.
Other key offensive contributors included freshman Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll), senior Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) with one single and one run. Freshman Caleb Kissel (Plainfield, Ill./North) pitched in with a single, run scored and one RBI.
Rose-Hulman improved to 10-14 overall and 7-4 in HCAC play, while Transylvania stands 13-12 and 6-6 in league games. The Fightin' Engineers and Pioneers conclude their series with a doubleheader on Sunday at noon at Art Nehf Field.