TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman earned its third victory in its last at-bat in the last five days with a 6-5 win over Franklin in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball Tuesday night at Art Nehf Field.
The Engineers rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 5-5. Junior Hank Akard knotted the score with a two-run triple that scored senior Jordan Chipka and sophomore Josh Hoeing.
Franklin was held scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings by sophomore Jake Althouse before Rose won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Chipka started the rally with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Hoeing. After a groundout advanced Chipka to third, he scored the game-winning run on a passed ball.
The win marked Rose-Hulman’s third ninth inning victory in the last five days, after the Engineers topped Defiance twice in their last at-bat last weekend.
Althouse picked up the pitching victory with two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. Junior Ben Menich started and allowed just one earned run in 4.1 innings of work with three strikeouts.
Franklin recorded 12 hits in the contest, led by three hits and a home run from Scott Windler. Zach Osowski also added three hits and two RBIs for the Grizzlies. Taylor Glaze tossed seven innings and scattered nine hits in a no decision to lead the Franklin pitching effort.
Rose (15-20 overall, 12-9 HCAC) will return to action on Wednesday with a home game at 6 p.m. against Washington (St. Louis) University. Franklin is now 19-18 and 11-11 respectively.
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Glaze, Cleveland (8) and Wilson. Menich, C.Post (5), Farley (6), Bush (7), Althouse (8) and Turk. HR — FC: Windler (4).
* Four honored — The Terre Haute Bowlers Hall of Fame recently inducted four new members.
They are Robert Acree (men’s service), Robert Lovvron (men’s achievement), Mary Lou Williams (ladies service) and Bonnie Chandler (ladies achievement).
* Spring Fling — At Idle Creek, the annual Spring Fling Scramble was played Saturday.
Spring Fling Scramble
60 — Jack Keidel, Steve Scheid, Fred Lamb, Dave Early.
62 — Chris Targett, Kyle Romas, Brent Roberts, Clint Freet (second place); Todd Brinza, Brad Binns, Richard Booe, Scott Green (third).
63 — Ashley Matchett, Teresa Matchett, Rick Gordon, Tony Serrato.
62 — Brian Cottom, Tom Swiger, Greg Conrad, Rusty Gray.
66 — Reay Fagg, Tommy Rea, Mark Fenton, Brad Shoemaker.
Closest to pin — Binns (No. 3), Lamb (No. 9), Keidel (No. 12), Green (No. 16), Roberts (No. 6, second shot).
Long putt — Scott Baer (No. 1), A.Matchett (No. 18).
Long drive — Romas (No. 15).
* Goddard fares well — At Boonville, Idle Creek pro Ray Goddard was part of a foursome that also included amateurs Steve Zehr, Mel Redman and Bob Thompson which placed first in the pro-am division of the Tri-State Pro-Am on April 22 at Quail Crossing Course.
Goddard also placed eighth in the pro division, shooting a 77.
* Racing halted — Rain halted action at Crossroads Dragway on Saturday after two time runs had taken place.
Fun Night runs are slated for Friday with the first Pink Ladies race on the schedule. Regular racing is set for Saturday, including juniors, with time runs at 12:30 p.m.
Track information is available at www.crossroadsdragway or by phone at 812-229-2167.
* LP race rescheduled — U.S. Auto Club officials have announced a new date for a sprint race halted by rain last Saturday Lincoln Park Speedway.
The new date is July 4 and a complete race will be run with qualifying and heat races.