Eight Baseball Players Honored by HCAC

DauenbaughEC2TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed five baseball players on the first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference squad, with three additional players earning all-league accolades.

First-team all-league honorees included junior designated hitter Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University), senior center fielder Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), sophomore third baseman Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), junior pitcher Jim Bob Schuler (Salem/North Harrison) and senior left fielder Chris Stemple (Mount Vernon).

Honorable mention all-conference award accolades were earned by senior pitcher Andrew Oakley (Clinton, Mich./Chippewa Valley), senior pitcher Nick Rumpke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) and senior second baseman B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.).

KovacsEC2Dauenbaugh led the Engineers in batting average at .440 for the seventh best single-season mark in program history.  He slapped 59 hits with 11 doubles and three home runs, along with 38 RBIs and 33 runs scored.  Dauenbaugh's top accomplishment included two home runs and school records of eight RBIs and six runs scored in a win over Bluffton.

Kovacs batted .414 with team-high totals of 70 hits, 16 doubles, six home runs, 13 stolen bases, a .627 slugging average and a .990 fielding percentage as the team's starting center fielder.  He holds the career school record with 176 games played and ranks fourth in school history with 216 hits.  Kovacs joined 2010 graduate Tim Tepe as the only Engineers to record 200 hits and 50 doubles at Rose-Hulman.

NewmanRIT1Newman jumped into the Engineer starting lineup as a sophomore and batted .401 with 63 hits and tied for team-high honors with 16 doubles.  His efforts also inlcuded 42 RBIs, 37 runs scored, and just six fielding errors in the 34 games played by Rose-Hulman following the team's Spring Trip.

Schuler led the team in wins (7) and paced the team's starting rotation with a 2.86 earned run average in 11 starts.  He allowed 73 hits and just 14 walks in 72.1 innings of work with a team-high 55 strikeouts.  His efforts also resulted in one save, one shutout and two more combined shutouts this season.

Stemple recorded a .356 batting average with 58 hits, 47 runs scored, 23 RBIs and six stolen bases as the team's leadoff hitter.  He caps his Rose-Hulman playing career with three all-conference and two all-Mideast Region honors and ranks third in school history with 217 career hits.  Stemple also stands No. 2 in school history with a career batting average of .410 and has been named CoSIDA Academic All-District.

SchulerHonorable mention honorees included Oakley, Rumpke and Zobrist.  Oakley finished 6-1 with a 4.48 earned run average in 60.1 innings of work and 41 strikeouts in 12 starts this season.  His career totals feature a 14-7 pitching record in 37 appearances and 25 starts.

Rumpke finished 4-4 with a 4.25 earned run average this spring, including two complete games and one shutout.  He struck out 34 hitters and picked up four wins in his last four starts of the regular season.  Rumpke completes his career at 10-5 with a 3.79 earned run average in 107 innings of work.

StempleSJFCZobrist batted .296 with 40 hits, 32 runs scored and 18 RBIs in his second season as the team's starting second baseman.  His efforts included five doubles, three stolen bases and a .379 on-base average.  Zobrist completes his career with a .332 batting average and has also been named CoSIDA Academic All-District.

Rose-Hulman finished the spring with a 27-16 record for its 11th consecutive winning season.  The Fightin' Engineers also qualified for their fourth consecutive HCAC Tournament.