Rose-Hulman Opens HCAC Play with Split vs. Bluffton

GAME 1 BOX SCORE; GAME 2 BOX SCORE

Bowman1TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology split the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season opening softball twinbill against Bluffton on Saturday.

The Fightin' Engineers captured the opener 5-3, before Bluffton rallied to claim a 6-3 win in the nightcap.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman scored four times in the fifth inning to claim the victory.

The Engineers relied on singles by freshman Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne/Snider) and senior Rebecca Bowermaster (Wood River, Ill./Roxana) to start the rally, then freshman Mary Schultz (Harrison, Ohio) slapped a double to score one run. 

Singles by freshman Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Buchanan), senior Kayla Yano (Ontario, Ore.) and freshman Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart/Central) capped the rally.  Yano and Widmoyer led the offense with two hits each.

The offensive effort allowed senior Kyla Lutz (Tennyson/Boonville) to earn a complete game victory.  Lutz scattered nine hits in seven innings to move to 2-3 on the year.

In the nightcap, Bluffton scored four times in the first inning and held off Rose-Hulman's rally to earn a twinbill split.  Yano led the offense with two singles, and Bowermaster added a single and scored one run.

Rose-Hulman stands 5-9 overall, while Bluffton improved to 8-3.  The Engineers host Spalding University in non-conference action on Sunday at 2 p.m.