TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman had its nine-game winning streak snapped with two tightly contested losses at defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Manchester on Saturday.
Manchester won 6-4 in the opener, then scored four times late to capture a 4-2 victory in the nightcap. The two teams are now tied for first place in the HCAC standings at 7-2.
In the opener, Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the score was knotted at 3-3 after the Engineers scored once in the top of the seventh. Manchester responded with one run in the seventh and two in the eighth to earn the victory.
Freshman Zach Trusk finished 4 for 4 with a double and one run scored to lead the game one offensive effort. Sophomore Kody Alayon added three hits, including a triple, with one RBI and one run scored.
Sophomore Andrew Stull kept the Engineers within striking distance with a strong pitching performance. Stull scattered nine hits with six strikeouts and held the Spartans to four earned run in 7.2 innings of work.
Justin Miller led the Manchester offense with a home run, a single, three runs scored and one RBI. Elliott Ford, Sean Knepper and Kyle Norris had two hits each for the Spartans.
Temujin Sery picked up the game one win for Manchester by scattering 12 hits over 8.1 innings of work to move to 3-0 on the year. Josh Copp recorded the final two outs for the save.
In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman led 2-0 into the bottom of the seventh, before Manchester scored three unearned runs to take the lead and eventually earn the win. Alayon again led the offense with two hits, with senior Hank Akard adding a single and an RBI.
Sophomores Patrick Klima and Warren Whithaus each had a single and scored once. Sophomore Karson Nixon suffered the hard-luck loss, allowing no earned runs with five strikeouts and allowing just four hits in 6.1 innings of work.
Ford led the Manchester offense with two hits, one run scored and one RBI. Dylan Padgett allowed five hits in eight innings with five strikeouts in the victory, with Copp earning his second save of the day by pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Engineers (12-6 overall) and Spartans (13-9) will conclude their three-game series with a nine-inning game at noon today.
• Rosters announced — Rosters have been set for the 26th annual North-South Indiana All-Star Classic girls and boys basketball doubleheader April 13 at Vincennes University.
The girls lineup:
Name, high school, height, position, college
Kirstin Alexander, Indianapolis Cathedral, 5-11, F, undecided
Kayla Brown, Westfield, 6-2, F, Miami (Ohio)
Sydney Buck, Homestead, 5-8, G, Butler
Mackenzie Campbell, Rushville, 5-8, F, IU-East
Haley Cook, Hamilton Heights, 5-6, G, Kentucky Wesleyan
Kindell Fincher, Fort Wayne Canterbury, 5-10, F, Xavier
Emily Harrison, Western Boone, 6-2, C, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Whitney Jennings, Logansport, 5-5, G, Iowa
Kellie Kirkhoff, Roncalli, 5-5, G, Marian
Ana Owens, Lawrence North, 5-6, G, Cincinnati
Adrienne Pritchard, Terre Haute North, 6-2, C, Lincoln Trail
Destiny Washington, Lawrence North, 5-11, C, Loyola
Coach — Jerry Hoover, Logansport
Name, school, height, position, college
Chelsea Bentley, Anderson, 5-9, F, Vincennes
Allyson Bunch, Columbus East, 5-10, F, IPFW
Sammy Dillman, Bedford North Lawrence, 5-6, G, Purdue-Calumet
Bailey Dreiman, Vincennes Rivet, 5-5, G, IU-East
Tayler Goodall, Columbus North, 5-9, G, Florida Gulf Coast
Maria Gugliotta, North Knox, 6-0, C, Indiana
Lauren Herman, Vincennes Rivet, 5-11” Center Indiana State
Ally Hunsinger, Washington, 5-8, F, Indiana
Erica Moore, Mount Vernon (Fortville), 6-2, C, Purdue
Maura Muensterman, Evansville Mater Dei, 6-0, F, Indiana
Allison Nash, Speedway, 5-9, G, Hanover
Alicia Wilson, Owen Valley, 5-5, G, Vincennes
Coach — Bruce Dockery, Evansville Memorial
• Sycamores drop pair — At Price Field, pitching dominated both games of a doubleheader Saturday as Indiana State fell 2-0 and 5-2 to Missouri Valley Conference foe Northern Iowa.
In the first game, the Panthers’ offense finally struck in the top of the fifth inning when a pair of one-out walks came around to score on a single to right field.
In the bottom of the fifth, ISU freshman Erika Crissman hit a one-out double before Yvette Alvarez walked. Alexa Cavin later walked to load the bases with two outs, but the Sycamores came up empty.
They had chances in the bottom of the seventh as well, getting runners to second and third with two outs but were not able to get on the board.
Indiana State sophomore pitcher Taylor Lockwood pitched a complete game, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts.
In Game 2, the Panthers used a solo home run in the first inning to jump ahead 1-0. In the top of the third, Northern Iowa scored another run to extend its lead to 2-0.
In the bottom half of the inning, ISU freshman Kassie Brown singled to first base before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Morgan Allee. After freshman Rylee Holland singled to the pitcher to put runners on the corners, freshman Brooke Riemenschneider walked to load the bases with one out. Holland and Brown eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 2-2.
But Northern Iowa answered in the top of the fourth with a single run to take a 3-2 advantage before adding two more in the top of the seventh.
Alvarez pitched a complete game, allowing six hits with seven strikeouts.
The finale of the three-game series will take place at noon today at Price Field.
• Rose sweeps — Rose-Hulman improved to 4-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball action with a 4-2 and 2-0 home doubleheader sweep over Transylvania on Saturday.
Junior Carly Heibel tossed two complete games in the circle, including a Game 2 shutout, to lead the Engineers’ performance.
Heibel allowed four hits and one earned run with four strikeouts in the opener before tossing a four-hit shutout with three strikeouts in the nightcap.
In the opener, Rose rallied from a 2-1 deficit with one run in the third inning and two in the fourth. Heibel blasted a solo home run to knot the score at 1-1 and junior Jessica Ahlborn paced the team with two singles and one run scored.
Other key contributors in Game 1 included senior Jenna Martinek with a two-run single for the final margin.
Maddy Rodabaugh led the Transylvania offense with a home run as the opening batter in the game.
In Game 2, Rose-Hulman scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to earn the victory. Heibel improved to 5-1 for the season and the Engineers turned three double plays defensively.
Offensively, senior Allison Bowman smashed a double and two singles with one run scored to lead the Engineers. Janel Lake pitched in with a single, double and one RBI.
Shelby Bailey led Transylvania’s Game 2 offense with two singles.
Rose improved to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in league play, while Transylvania dropped to 7-17 and 1-3 respectively. The Engineers host Blackburn in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. today.
• Christopher shares lead, ISU second — At Pekin, Ill., senior McCall Christopher shared the lead and the Sycamores were just two shots off the team lead after the first round of the Bradley Spring Invitational concluded Saturday at the Pekin Country Club.
The tournament, sponsored by Bradley University, was originally scheduled to be played at WeaverRidge Course in Peoria, but the venue had to be changed due to recent wet weather.
Christopher came in with a career-low 18-hole round of 1-over par 73 on the 6,110-yard course to share the lead with Butler’s Jenna Peters and Evansville’s Kayla Katterhenry, who won the Saluki Invitational a week ago.
Indiana State’s Amanda Smith finished the first round tied for 10th with a 77, while Erinn Sutton and Gina Della Camera were tied for 20th with a round of 79.
Butler leads the team race with a 306 total, which is just two shots better than Indiana State, which finished the first round at 308.
• Engineers compete — At Seymour, four Rose-Hulman golfers fired rounds in the 70s to highlight Saturday’s Day 1 of the Hanover Invitational.
Sophomore Sanders Park and freshman Tapat Wittayakom led the effort with scores of 76. Senior Travis Whithaus added a score of 77.
Freshman Luke Peoples contributed a 79 and sophomore Kent Kraus pitched in with a score of 82.
The second round is set for today.
Team scores — Davenport 293, Hanover 297, Wabash 306, Northwestern Ohio 306, Rose-Hulman 308, Manchester 308, Defiance 318, Anderson 368.
• Rose-Hulman 5, Transylvania 4 — At Lexington, Ky., Rose-Hulman earned its first win over Transylvania in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference era Saturday afternoon.
Rose also became the first HCAC team other than Earlham to defeat Transylvania in 10 years. The Engineers also captured their second all-time win and first victory since 2001 against the Pioneers.
Rose-Hulman 5, Transylvania 4
Singles — Brandon Benedict (RH) def. Robert Albrecht 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; Dylan Conner (TU) def. Georges Adam 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3; Matthew Conrad (RH) def. Josh Buckman 6-3, 6-3; Patrick Richardson (TU) def. Nate Moore 6-3, 6-1; Steven Mayborg (TU) def. Erin Miller 6-1, 6-1; Reza Haider (TU) def. Joe Kendall 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles — Benedict-Adam (RH) def. Albrecht-Buckman 8-6; Conrad-Moore (RH) def. Conner-Richardson 8-5; Ray Montgomery-Miller (RH) def. Mayborg-Haider 8-2.
• ISU wins — At Charleston, Ill., the Indiana State men and women’s teams captured the Big Blue Classic championships this weekend.
The men won with 224.5 points to edge out host Eastern Illinois, which placed second with 174.5. Southern Illinois placed third with 138.5, Northern Iowa was fourth with 106.5 and Illinois State rounded out the top five with 85.
“We won over a very good Eastern Illinois team and avenged a loss to Southern Illinois from a week ago,” ISU men’s coach John McNichols said. “We had several great performances from John last night, Taylor Head in the steeple, David Timlin in the 1,500 and of course Greggmar in the 110-meter hurdles. Swift ran a great time in the cold weather and is running times that runners are running in much better weather.”
The women also won with 136 points, as Western Michigan placed second with 131.
“It turned out to be a great meet,” ISU women’s coach Angela Martin said. “We had some tremendous performances.”
Sophomore Katie Wise won the 100 in a season-best time of 11.34 seconds to break the facility and meet records. Her time was just a .01 second off of her personal best and currently ranks her seventh nationally. Her teammate, sophomore Demetra Camble placed second in a time of 11.81. Wise also won the 200.
On Friday night, Indiana State sophomore John Mascari set a school record in the men’s 5,000 with a 14:18.37 clocking and the victory.
The Sycamores will head to Champaign, Ill., next weekend for the Illinois Twilight meet at the University of Illinois.
• LP racing called — At Putnamville, the racing scheduled for Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway was called off due to track and weather conditions.
It has been rescheduled for next Saturday. Weather permitting, a test-tune session is set for Thursday.