Five Baseball Players Honored by HCAC

akard-batTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Five Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball players earned all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognition, in results released by the league office.

Junior center fielder Hank Akard (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) and senior third baseman Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the way with first-team all-conference honors.

Freshman pitcher Karson Nixon (Jasper) claimed second-team all-league recognition.  Junior Michael Bush (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Academy) and senior Jordan Chipka (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) captured honorable mention all-league accolades.

Akard led the Fightin' Engineers with a .333 batting average, 51 hits, 35 runs scored, 12 doubles, 20 walks and 14 stolen bases.  He also emerged as the team leader in on-base average (.417) and recorded a 3.38 earned run average and one save in six pitching appearances out of the bullpen.

newman-batNewman started all 39 games and batted .299 with 44 hits, including tying Akard for team-high honors with 12 doubles.  He slugged at a team-high .442 clip and also walked 16 times to compile a .393 on-base average during his senior season as a three-year starter.  He also claimed a spot on the conference's all-sportsmanship team.

Nixon jumped into the pitching rotation as a freshman and finished 4-3 with a 3.26 earned run average in 58 innings of work.  He scattered 57 hits and struck out 37, with a season highlighted by a win over nationally ranked Manchester.

Bush emerged as the leader out of the Rose-Hulman bullpen with a 1-0 record and a 0.42 earned run average in 21.2 innings of work.  He scattered 15 hits with eight walks and 11 strikeouts, while holding the opposition to a .205 average.

Chipka started at both the left field and shortstop positions as a senior.  He ranked second on the team in batting average at .316, including three doubles, 14 runs scored and nine RBIs.

Rose-Hulman finished the season with a 15-24 overall record and a 12-12 mark in HCAC games.