Rose-Hulman Battles but Falls to No. 9 Manchester



akard-muTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology held the lead for much of the contest, before No. 9 ranked Manchester University to earn a 4-1 victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on Sunday at Art Nehf Field.

Freshman Andrew Stahl (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) tossed six shutout innings as the Fightin' Engineers held on to a 1-0 lead.  Manchester scored twice in the seventh off Stahl, then added two more runs in the eighth for the victory.

Stahl led the Rose-Hulman effort with a strong seven-inning performance, scattering seven hits with three strikeouts and just two runs allowed.

Junior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) paced the Engineer offense with an RBI double and a single.  Senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) added a single and scored the Engineer run.  Junior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii) also contributed a double.

Two Manchester pitchers combined on a six-hitter in the victory.  Justin Scott allowed six hits with six strikeouts in eight innings of work, before Bryce Murphy pitched the ninth to earn the save.

Offensively, Austin Rieke had two singles and one run scored for Manchester, with Trevor Kimm contributing a solo home run.

Manchester improved to 25-5-1 overall and 15-3 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 12-17 and 9-7 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Anderson University on Tuesday.