TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
baseball team has been ranked 29th nationally in the weekly top 30
NCAA Division III baseball poll released by the American Baseball
Rose-Hulman stands 12-4 on the season and tied for first in the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings at 3-0 in league
play. The Fightin' Engineers have also won nine of their last
10 games entering this week's three-game home conference series
Rose-Hulman has compiled a .321 batting average as a team
with 38 doubles and eight home runs this season.
Sophomore Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis)
leads the offense at .473 with 35 hits, 20 runs scored and 10
doubles. Junior Donald Stopka (Grayslake, Ill./Carmel
Catholic) has contributed a .361 average with five doubles
and one home run.
Sophomore Andrew Benitez (Mililani,
Hawaii) ranks third among starters with a .333 batting
average and leads the squad with two home runs. Senior
Will Burchett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic)
and junior Matthew Turk (Addison, Ill./Addison
Trail) are also above the .300 mark at .310 and .308,
Rose-Hulman's pitching staff compiled a 0.72 earned run
average during the team's three-game sweep at Defiance last
weekend. The Fightin' Engineers also rank among the national
leaders with 32 doubles play turned defensively in 16 games, and
the team currently holds a 4.20 team earned run average.
Senior Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North
Harrison) leads the staff a 4-1 record. Junior
Ethan Post (Rockford, Mich.) stands 2-0 with a
4.56 earned run average, and Akard has a 1-0
record, three saves, and a 0.45 earned run average in 20 innings of
Rose-Hulman is one of three Indiana teams ranked
nationally this week. Other nationally ranked squads include
DePauw at No. 18 and HCAC foe Franklin at No. 30.
Rose-Hulman returns to action
with a three-game series against Bluffton University (7-10, 1-2
HCAC) this weekend. The series begins with a 6 p.m. game
on Friday, then a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday.