Rose-Hulman Baseball Earns Another Walkoff Win


akard-batTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned its third victory in its last bat in the last five days with a 6-5 win over Franklin College on Tuesday night at Art Nehf Field.

The Fightin' Engineers rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 5-5.  Junior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) (pictured) knotted the score with a two-run triple that scored senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and sophomore Josh Hoeing (Rushville).

Franklin was held scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings by sophomore Jake Althouse (Converse/Oak Hill) before Rose-Hulman won the game in the bottom of the ninth.  Chipka started the rally with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Hoeing.  After a ground out advanced Chipka to third, he scored the game-winning run on a passed ball.

The win marked Rose-Hulman's third ninth inning victory in the last five days, after the Fightin' Engineers topped Defiance twice in their last at bat last weekend.

Althouse picked up the pitching victory with two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts.  Junior Ben Menich (Prospect, Ill./Mount Prospect) started and allowed just one earned run in 4.1 innings of work with three strikeouts.

Offensively, Akard had two hits and two RBI and Chipka scored two runs with two hits to lead Rose-Hulman.  Freshman Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll) also had two singles with one run scored, Hoeing had two singles, one run and one RBI, and senior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) pitched in with two singles and one RBI.

Franklin recorded 12 hits in the contest, led by three hits and a home run from Scott Windler.  Zach Osowski also added three hits and two RBIs for the Grizzlies.  Taylor Glaze tossed seven innings and scattered nine hits in a no decision to lead the Franklin pitching effort.

Rose-Hulman improved to 15-20 and 12-9 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Franklin stands 19-18 and 11-11 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Wednesday with a home game at 6 p.m. against Washington University.