The Engineers (13-11, 7-5 HCAC) will take on the Lions (5-17, 2-6) with Game 1 set to start at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rose-Hulman is coming off Wednesday’s two nonleague setbacks to crosstown rival St. Mary-of-the-Woods Wednesday. In HCAC play, RHIT came up with a big 2-1 victory over league-leader Anderson in a doubleheader split April 15, handing the Ravens their first conference loss of the season.
Three players are batting over .300 for RHIT this season, led by sophomore Marissa Stout (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo) at .371. She adds 23 hits, six doubles and 12 RBI to go along with a .500 slugging percentage. Junior Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Mich./Houghton) adds a .346 average with 11 RBI, six doubles, three home runs and three triples, and senior Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne, Ind./R Nelson Snider) bats .338 with 23 hits, eight doubles and six RBI.
Junior Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lakewood Park Christian) is the team’s ace in the circle, as she brings a league-best 1.19 ERA to go along with an 8-3 record in 76.1 innings pitched. She’s struck out 29 and allowed just 13 earned runs this season. At the plate, Heibel is also the team leader in home runs with four - -she’s the RHIT program record-holder in career long balls with 13.
Mount St. Joseph enters Saturday’s games off Thursday’s nonleague split with Centre College, were the Lions won Game 1, 12-2, before falling in the nightcap, 4-0.
Morgan Kain leads the Lions at the plate with a .378 average with seven RBI and three doubles and Becky Owens adds a .377 average with five doubles and 13 RBI. Jessica Davis (3-4) is MSJ’s leader in the circle with a 3.76 ERA to go along with 17 strikeouts.
RHIT leads the all-time series with Mount St. Joseph, 9-7. The Engineers swept the Lions in 2013 on Rose-Hulman’s senior day, led by a grand slam by Heibel in a Game 1 8-2 win, followed by a 3-for-3 performance at the plate and win in the circle by Stout in Game 2’s 4-1 victory.
After Saturday’s twin bill, the Engineers hit the road for two nonleague doubleheaders at Greenville (April 22) and Illinois College (April 23) before returning home for another nonconference two-game series with Webster April 24.
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