TERRE HAUTE, Ind. --The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team will travel to play a familiar foe when the Fightin’ Engineers take on crosstown rival St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader Wednesday.
Rose-Hulman (13-9) will take on the Pomeroys (22-17-1) beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Rose-Hulman enters today's game after splitting a doubleheader with HCAC leader Anderson on Tuesday night.
Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lakewood Park Christian) leads the Engineers and the conference with a 1.19 ERA to go along with a 8-3 record in 76.1 innings pitched.
Sophomore Marissa Stout (Terre Haute, Ind./South) is RHIT's leader at the plate with a .373 batting average and a squad-best 12 RBI. Heibel has blasted four home runs, and junior Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Mich./Houghton) has added three home runs, a .355 average and a team-best 27 hits -- 12 of them extra-base knocks.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods was ranked No. 1 in the latest United States Collegiate Athletic Association Coaches’ Poll. The Pomeroys are coming off Sunday’s split with second-ranked Lindenwood University-Belleville, where SMWC defeated L-B 3-1 in Game 1 before falling in the nightcap, 6-4.
Sophomore Sarah Burnham leads the Pomeroys with a .352 batting average to go along with 37 hits, 21 runs, 19 RBI, 10 doubles, five triples and two home runs. Junior Kirby Schuble adds a .349 average with 16 RBI and Brooke Jordan is batting .340 with 32 hits, 20 RBI and six doubles.
Jordan is also the club’s top pitcher, as her 11 wins lead the USCAA. She holds a 3.70 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched.
SMWC leads the all-time series, which began in 2002, 12-8. The Engineers swept the series in 2013, winning Game 1 3-2 and then pulling off an improbable comeback in Game 2, winning 10-8. RHIT trailed 7-0 before scoring eight runs in the fourth to mount the biggest comeback in school history.
Live stats will be available for both Wednesday’s contests at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/rhit.portal#
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