Rose-Hulman Rallies for Dramatic Sweep Over Franklin


Schultz1TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied from a four-run deficit in game one and a three-run deficit in game two to sweep Franklin in a twinbill on Thursday.

The Engineers scored four times in the final frame to win 9-8 in the opener.  Rose-Hulman rallied from a 6-3 deficit with three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to win 7-6 in the nightcap.

In the opener, Franklin built an 8-5 lead after six innings with a balanced attack that featured 16 hits.  Alli Stropes had four hits, including two doubles, to lead the Franklin offense.

Rose-Hulman roared back with its four seventh inning runs to claim the 9-8 win.  With one out, sophomore Alyse Mueller (Belleville, Ill./West) and senior Kyla Lutz (Tennyson/Boonville) opened the rally with back-to-back doubles.  Senior Allison Faber (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) slapped a double to make the score 8-7. 

Sophomore Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne/Snider) added another single to score Faber and took second on a throw home to knot the score at 8-8.  Freshman Mary Schultz (Harrison, Ohio) (pictured) then hit a line drive past third base to plate Bowman with the game winning run.

Lutz led the offensive effort with three hits, including a double, and two runs scored.  Mueller added a home run with two runs scored, two hits and two RBIs.  Faber recorded two hits, with one double, and Bowman had a pair of singles in the Engineer win.

In game two, Franklin scored six times in the sixth inning to build a three-run advantage.  Rose-Hulman relied on a walk to Lutz, a double by Bowman and singles from Schultz and senior Molly Richardson (Orange Park, Fla./St. John's Country Day) to start the sixth inning rally.  A fielder's choice from freshman Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Buchanan) tied the score at 6-6.

Lutz snagged a line drive double play to end Franklin's seventh inning threat and keep the score tied entering the last frame.  Freshman Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart/Central)singled and advanced to third on a throwing error during a sacrifice.  Lutz then hit a ground ball to second, and Widmoyer beat the throw home to score the winning run.

Widmoyer came out of the bullpen with a scoreless seventh inning to pick up the victory and move to 5-6 on the season.  Widmoyer slapped two hits in the nightcap, including a double, and Martinek led the team with three RBIs.

Rose-Hulman improved to 12-18 overall and 5-7 in HCAC play with the victory, while Franklin dropped to 7-19 and 2-8 in conference matchups.  The Engineers return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. home doubleheader against Hanover.