Three Fightin' Engineers Named HCAC Players of the Week


746-0331-2014TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Three Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athletes have been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Players of the Week for their efforts last week.

Sophomore Kody Alayon (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll) was named HCAC Baseball Hitter of the Week, freshman Brandon Benedict (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) claimed Men's Tennis Player of the Week honors, and sophomore Sanders Park (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) earned Men's Golfer of the Week accolades.

Alayon used his offensive and defensive skills to help Rose-Hulman earn a three-game sweep over Hanover on Friday and Saturday.  The shortstop finished 6-of-11 (.545) at the plate with four runs scored, one double, five RBI, and four stolen bases as the Engineers swept Hanover in a three-game series.  Alayon committed zero errors in 19 attempts at shortstop and turned five double plays in the field. 

His efforts helped Rose-Hulman increase its winning streak to eight games, including a one-game lead in the HCAC standings at 11-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play.  The Fightin' Engineers host Franklin College (13-7, 4-2 HCAC) in a key 6 p.m. conference matchup.

Benedict finished 2-0 at the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions to help the Engineers defeat Defiance 6-3 and Hanover 9-0 in the first two matches of the HCAC regular season.  The freshman improved his record to 4-2 at the No. 1 singles position and 4-2 at No. 1 doubles on the season.

The men's tennis team improved to 2-4 overall on the season and returns to action against Mount St. Joseph at the Wabash Valley Tennis Center at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.  The Engineers also face league foes Transylvania and Franklin this weekend.

Park placed second overall at the Rose-Hulman Invitational over the weekend to Men’s Golfer of the Week honors.  The sophomore fired rounds of 74 and 73 to finish one stroke behind medalist Michael Marcagi of Thomas More, who holed out a chip on the 18th hole to secure top honors.  Rose-Hulman placed second in the team standings.

On the season, Park leads the team in scoring average at 74.42 strokes per round.  The effort helped Rose-Hulman place second overall in the event, just eight shots behind team champion Hanover College.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Hanover this weekend.