Washington U. Rallies to Earn Sweep of Rose-Hulman


746Whithaus BattingST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Washington University scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to win cap a wild finish to a 6-5 baseball victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to complete a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday.

Rose-Hulman trailed 4-3 entering the top of the ninth, but the Fightin' Engineers scored twice to claim a 5-4 lead.  Washington University answered with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the 6-5 win.

The contest followed a pitching duel in the opener, claimed by a 3-1 margin by Washington University.  The Bears extended their winning streak to 10 games with the victories.

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman scored twice in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead.  Junior Josh Hoeing (Rushville, Ind.), sophomore Warren Whithaus (Robinson, Ill.) and freshman Drew Schnitz (Huntington, Ind./North) each singled to spark the two-run frame.

The Fightin' Engineers regained a 3-2 lead on an RBI single by sophomore Kody Alayon (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll) that scored senior Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis). 

Rose-Hulman took advantage of opportunities to score twice and take the lead in the top of the ninth.  After an Akard single, Hoeing came to the plate with the tying run on third and two outs.  He reached on a throwing error by the Bears to tie the score.  Whithaus added a single and after a pair of walks, the Engineers claimed the 5-4 lead.

Washington University answered with two runs of their own in the ninth, as Kyle Billig hit a one out triple and tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch.  Following a fielding error, Stewart Martens slapped the game winning single to give the Bears the victory.

Alayon and Whithaus led the Rose-Hulman offense with three hits each.  Akard came off the bench with a 1-2 performance that included two runs scored.

Sophomore Daniel Sutherland (Centennial, Colo./Regis Jesuit) tossed 5.2 strong innings in the pitching start for the Engineers.  Sutherland scattered nine hits but held Washington University to just two runs.

Zack Kessinger led the Washington University offense with four hits, including a double and a home run, in game two.  Chris Lowery added his second straight three-hit performance.  Scott Nelson tossed four innings without allowing an earned run to lead the pitching staff.

In the opener, Lowery and Kyle Kozak finished 3-3 at the plate to lead the Washington University offense in a 3-1 victory.  Kozak had two doubles, while Lowery had two RBIs.  Kyle Billig and Zack Kessinger had multiple-hit games.

Stephen Bonser tossed a complete game six-hitter with four strikeouts to earn his third victory of the year for the Bears.

Hoeing led the Rose-Hulman offense wtih two hits, including a triple, and one stolen bases.  Hoeing also scored the Engineer run on an RBI by sophomore Patrick Klima (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph).

Senior Kevin Farley (Centennial, Colo./Littleton) and sophomore Gunnar Hutchison (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln) each pitched three solid innings for the Engineers in game one to keep the team within striking distance.

Washington University improved to 26-15 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 21-15.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Defiance College to conclude the regular season with a three-game series on Friday and Saturday.