TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology hosts Earlham College for Senior Weekend at Art Nehf Field on Friday and Saturday.
The Fightin' Engineers and Quakers open their three-game series with a 6 p.m. matchup on Friday. The Saturday doubleheader at noon will include the senior day recognition for Hank Akard, Andrew Benitez, Michael Bush, Chris Erickson and Kevin Farley.
Rose-Hulman stands 17-9 on the season and is tied for first place in the HCAC standings at 11-4 in league play entering this weekend's action. The Fightin' Engineers are a perfect 11-0 at home in conference play with just these three league home games remaining.
Sophomore Kody Alayon leads the Engineers in hitting at .419 with 11 stolen bases, and freshman Zach Trusk stands at .382 with five doubles. Senior Hank Akard has a .343 average with a team-high 14 stolen bases, with Caleb Kissel (.343) and Josh Hoeing (.306) also over the .300 mark.
On the mound, the weekend pitching rotation of Karson Nixon (3-1, 3.24), Andrwe Stull (2-3, 3.50) and R.J. Carroll (2-1, 4.02) has helped Rose-Hulman achieve a 3.58 team earned run average this season. Alec McNally has tallied nine saves for the Fightin' Engineers and allowed just one run in 12.1 innings of work.
Earlham brings the league's lowest earned run average to Art Nehf Field for what is expected to be a tightly contested series. The Quakers have a 3.30 ERA, led by Zach Lee (4-1, 2.38), Nate Hube (3-3, 2.61) and Matt Brankle (1-3, 4.80) as common starting pitchers. T.J. Plummer has added a pair of saves.
Thomas Rea leads the Earlham offense with a .407 average on 46 hits, 24 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. Ryan Hayes has a team-high four home runs along with a .372 average, with Ryan McCray hitting .348.
After this weekend's series, Rose-Hulman hits the road for Anderson University on Tuesday.
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