Walk-Off Grand Slam Helps R-H Sweep Spalding


mueller-hitTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a game one walk-off grand slam to earn a doubleheader sweep over Spalding University on Friday night.

The Fightin' Engineers rallied from a 7-3 deficit with five runs in the seventh inning to win the opener 8-7 on a walk-off one-out grand slam by senior Alyse Mueller (Belleville, Ill./West).

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman blasted a pair of two-run home runs and sophomore Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne/Lakewood Park) tossed a complete game in a 6-3 victory.

Mueller provided the biggest hit on a day that featured 18 total hits for the Fightin' Engineers.  She finished game one with a 2-3 performance that included the grand slam, a single and four RBIs.

Senior Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart/Central) set a new school record for doubles and moved into third place on Rose-Hulman's career hit list with 137 on the evening.  Widmoyer smashed a double in each game of the doubleheader to increase her career total to 36 and pass the mark of graduate Jordan Goslee.

Heibel smashed three hits and scored three runs in the game one victory, including a double.  Widmoyer added two RBIs in the performance.

In the nightcap, Heibel and junior Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne/Snider) both launched two-run home runs to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.  Bowman finished 2-3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs, and Heibel was 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  Junior Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Buchanan) added two hits, including a double, and two runs scored.

The offensive effort helped Mueller win game one in the circle and Heibel pick up the game two victory.  Mueller scattered seven hits with three strikeouts in six innings, while Heibel tossed a complete-game six-hitter with three strikeouts.

Rose-Hulman stands 10-18 overall, while Spalding has a 13-13 record.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Hanover College on Sunday.