Rose-Hulman Earns Softball Split at Transylvania (1)


Faber2LEXINGTON, KY.-- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rebounded from a first game loss to win the nightcap and split with Transylvania University Saturday in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball matchup.

The Engineers dropped the first game 10-0 with hits by senior Kyla Lutz (Tennyson, Ind./Boonville) and senior Allison Faber (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) (pictured) before defeating the Pioneers in game two 7-6, scoring two runs in both the second and fourth innings.

Rose-Hulman was led by Faber and sophomore Alyse Mueller (Belleville, Ill./West) who both had three hits. Faber had a home run and also led the Engineers with two runs scored and one run batted in. Lutz also scored two runs.

Freshman Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) added two hits with two runs batted in and one run in the effort. Sophomore Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart, Ind./Central) contributed by adding one hit and one run batted in, while freshmen Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Buchanan) and Mary Schultz (Harrison, Ohio) each added a run.

Widmoyer tossed the complete game in the circle to earn the win in the nightcap, including seven strikeouts.

Lutz started off the second inning with a hit by pitch and scored off a double by Bowman. Two Transylvania errors allowed Bowman to score for the Engineers. The Pioneers then answered with two runs of their own in their second inning.

The Engineers again took a lead after a fielders choice allowed Lutz to reach base and advance to second on a Faber single. Bowman's single allowed Lutz to give Rose-Hulman the 3-2 lead.

The fourth inning provided two more Engineer runs as Schultz and Martinek both scored unearned runs. After two Transylvania runs in the fourth, Faber belted a solo home run to open the fifth inning, giving the Engineers a 6-4 lead.

The seventh inning gave Rose-Hulman a needed insurance run as Faber started the inning with a double and scored off an error by the Pioneers.

Transylvania scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Engineers a scare. Two singles and a passed ball give the Pioneers runners on second and third with two outs when a single scored both runners and placed a runner on third. A Transylvania ground out to second ended the inning and gave the Engineers the victory.

Rose-Hulman is now 8-10 on the season, 2-2 in the HCAC while Transylvania is now 7-10 and 1-1 in league play. The Engineers return home next Saturday to face conference foe Mount St. Joseph.