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April 24, 2014

Rose-Hulman beats DePauw in baseball

GREENCASTLE — Rose-Hulman scored eight runs in the fifth inning and five runs in the sixth to earn a 16-9 baseball victory over DePauw University on Thursday afternoon.

Senior Hank Akard led the Engineer offense with three singles. Sophomore Patrick Klima added two singles and four RBIs.

Other key contributors to the Rose-Hulman offensive attack included sophomore Caleb Kissel with two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. Sophomore Josh Hoeing and sophomore Donnie Waters scored three runs each for the balanced offense. Sophomore Warren Whithaus and freshman Drew Schnitz had two runs each.

Rose-Hulman crossed the 10-run mark in a game for the seventh time this season and scored a season-high 16 runs in the victory. The eight-run fifth inning rally also marked a season high.

The offensive effort helped sophomore Daniel Sutherland improve to 4-1 on the year, and senior Michael Bush earned his first save of the campaign. Sutherland scattered 12 hits with three strikeouts in six innings, before Bush allowed just one earned run in the final three innings.

The DePauw offense generated 15 hits, led by Zach Starr, Lucas Italiano and Cory Meixner with two hits each.

The eight-run fifth inning included four Rose-Hulman hits and timely hitting after the Tigers committed three fielding errors. Akard singled and Kissel later tripled home two runs to start the rally. Later in the inning, Akard added another hit and Klima drove home two runs with another single.

Rose-Hulman imrpoved to 18-13 on the season, while DePauw dropped to 12-16. The Engineers open a three-game HCAC series at Transylvania with a single game on Friday at 4 p.m.

Softball

n Rose-Hulman wins two — Carly Heibel’s RBI double in the bottom of the seventh helped the Rose-Hulman softball team sweep visiting Webster University with a 6-5 walk-off win after the Engineers captured Game 1, 4-3, in Thursday’s nonleague twin bill.

Rose-Hulman (17-13) defeated the Gorlocks (13-19) for the first time in school history after going winless in the previous eight tries.

With the help of a Transylvania victory over Franklin, the Engineers received even better news: a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2008. Rose-Hulman (9-5 HCAC) is guaranteed at least the four-seed entering Saturday’s regular-season league finale with Manchester.

In Thursday’s nightcap, Heibel, who had three hits in the game, helped break a 5-5 tie in the seventh when her double to left center field scored senior Jenna Martinek from first after Martinek singled with one out.

The walk-off win came minutes after Webster evened the game with an Erin McGinnis double in the top of the seventh.

Sophomore Taylor Lockhart, of Oblong, Ill., picked up her fifth win of the season in a seven-inning outing, allowing seven hits, three earned runs and striking out one.

In Game 1, Heibel captured her 10th win of the season in the circle, which is tied for fifth all-time in RHIT’s single-season records. The junior allowed eight hits in seven innings, giving up three earned runs, striking out three and walking none.

Sophomore Marissa Stout of Terre Haute South delivered the big hit in Thursday’s opener, as the second baseman drilled her second home run of the season over the left field wall to score two runs in the fourth to tie the ball game, 3-3.

Webster opened the game with three runs in the first after McGinnis belted a three-run shot over the left field fence to give the Gorlocks an early lead. The Engineers responded with a run in the second when junior Chris Rollins (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) connected on an RBI single through the left side to score Bowman, who doubled to open the inning.

The Engineers return to the field Saturday for RHIT’s regular-season finale when it takes on Manchester University in a HCAC doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at the RHIT Softball Complex. The team will honor its two seniors, Allison Bowman and Jenna Martinek, prior to the game.

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