TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) slapped a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Fightin' Engineers past Defiance College 9-8 in the opener of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series on Friday night.
Defiance led 8-7 before Chipka lined a double past a diving Joel Musser to score senior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) with the tying run and pinch runner Evan Witsken (Granger/South Bend St. Joseph) with the game winner. Turk and senior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) started the inning with singles.
The effort helped junior Michael Bush (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Christian) earn his first win of the season after recording the final out of the top of the ninth with the bases loaded.
Offensively, junior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) slapped three singles and scored three runs. Freshman Patrick Klima (South Bend/St. Joseph) joined Stopka, Chipka and freshman Kody Alayon (Hammond/Bishop Noll) with two hits each.
Chris Donese had four hits to lead the Defiance offense, including three runs scored. Starting pitcher Darin Waterman joined Patrick Masopust and Andy Habecker with two hits each.
Rose-Hulman scored three runs in the fifth inning and twice each in the third, eighth and ninth inning. The Fightin' Engineers rallied to knot the score at 7-7 on a two-run pinch hit single by freshman Warren Whithaus (Robinson, Ill.) in the eighth. Defiance regained the lead at 8-7 in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Donese.
Rose-Hulman improved to 13-18 overall and 10-7 in HCAC play, while Defiance dropped to 17-11 and 10-8. The Fightin' Engineers and Yellow Jackets meet in a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.
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