PHOTOS ON THIS STORY & CELEBRATION COVER: LINDA STRIGGO (striggopics.com)
MOLINE, ILL. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore pitcher Daniel Sutherland (Centennial, Colo./Regis Jesuit) tossed the first complete game shutout of his career to lift the Fightin' Engineers into the championship round of the NCAA Division III Central Baseball Regional by a 1-0 margin over DePauw University on Saturday night.
The victory marked Rose-Hulman's second victory of the day, as the Fightin' Engineers earned a thrilling 4-3, 13-inning win over No. 15 ranked Buena Vista University earlier on Saturday.
Sutherland threw his first career complete game and his first shutout with a three-hitter to lift Rose-Hulman to the title round of an NCAA Baseball Regional for the first time in school history. The Fightin' Engineers will need to defeat No. 6 ranked St. Thomas (Minn.) twice on Sunday to reach the NCAA Division III World Series for the first time ever.
Sutherland allowed just six DePauw baserunners on three singles, two walks and one hit batter in the performance. Michael Chiaro tossed a complete-game for the Tigers in the pitching duel, allowed just four singles and one unearned run with four strikeouts.
The performance helped Rose-Hulman earn a victory over DePauw in the first ever NCAA Division III Tournament matchup between the two schools.
Rose-Hulman scored its lone run in the fifth inning to provide the offense for the day. The inning started with a fielding error on an bat for senior Andrew Benitez (Mililani, Hawaii), who advanced to second on a bunt by freshman Zach Trusk (Plainfield, Ill./North). Freshman Kevin Jendra (Wheaton, Ill./Benet Academy) advanced Benitez to third on a flyout, and sophomore Patrick Klima (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph) provided the biggest game of the game with an RBI single to put the Engineers in front.
Rose-Hulman improved to 28-17 on the season and has secured its farthest advancement in an NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament with its third win of the postseason. The Fightin' Engineers previously eliminated No. 1 ranked Webster University and No. 15 Buena Vista University this weekend.