MARTIN, TENN. —
Heavy rain from Thursday through Saturday has forced Indiana State and Tennessee Martin to cancel their three-game weekend baseball series in northwest Tennessee.
ISU will return to Terre Haute for 12 of its final 13 regular-season games, beginning with four games this week. The Sycamores host DePauw at 6 p.m. Wednesday before returning to Missouri Valley Conference play next weekend against Evansville.
In other college baseball:
• Engineers split — At Art Nehf Field, Rose-Hulman split a pair of one-run games on Senior Day in a competitive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with Defiance.
The Engineers scored once in the bottom of the ninth in the nightcap to capture a 5-4 victory. Defiance scored once in the top of the ninth to break a tie and capture a 3-2 win in the opener.
Prior to the first game, Rose honored its seven seniors in a pregame ceremony. This year’s seniors include Jordan Chipka, Matt Green, Bobby Newman, Nick Pilipovich (formerly of Terre Haute North High School), Ethan Post, Donald Stopka and Matthew Turk.
In the opener, Rose-Hulman built a 2-0 lead on RBIs by Kody Alayon and Andrew Benitez. Hank Akard joined Newman and Chipka with two hits each.
Defiance tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the eighth on a two-run single by Darin Waterman. Pinch-hitter Ben Weber added the game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth.
The matchup was a strong pitching dual between Jake Taylor of Defiance and R.J. Carroll of Rose. Taylor allowed eight hits and two runs in eight innings, while Carroll allowed just one earned run with four strikeouts in eight-plus innings.
In the nightcap, Newman smashed a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to give Rose-Hulman a 5-4 victory. Turk started the inning with a single, advanced to a second on a single by Akard, and scored on Newman’s double.
Stopka slapped two singles and scored once, while Newman finished with a single, double and one RBI in the nightcap. Chipka had another two-hit game with one run scored and one RBI.
On the mound, freshman Andrew Stull tossed 6 2/3 innings with two strikeouts in a no-decision and Caleb Post came on with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and two strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season.
Rose (14-19 overall, 11-8 HCAC) will visit Anderson today for a 2 p.m. matchup. Defiance is now 18-12 and 11-9 respectively.
• Rose men win HCAC again — At North Manchester, Rose-Hulman won its sixth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s outdoor championship at Manchester University on Saturday.
The men’s track and field squad becomes the first Rose sports team in 24 years to win six consecutive conference titles. The men’s program previously accomplished the feat from 1984-89.
The Rose women’s squad placed fifth overall Saturday.
The Engineer teams combined for nine first-place performances, four runner-up marks and nine third-place finishes.
Rose-Hulman scored 202 points on the men’s side to outdistance Franklin (142), Defiance (121) and Manchester (102). Hanover claimed the women’s title with 179 points.
The men’s squad relied on a sweep in the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400-meter relays to secure the team victory. The 4-x-100 squad included senior Jeremiah Edwards, junior Clay Becker, senior Travis Stallings and sophomore Jake Kelley with a time of 43.09 seconds.
The 4-x-400 squad included Stallings, Kelley, freshman Tyler Duffy and senior Tyler Hannan in a time of 3:19.30.
The Rose men’s squad also had two individual event winners. Hannan claimed the 400 title with a time of 48.58 and senior Collin Crowson won the pole vault for the second straight year by clearing 14 feet, 11 1/2 inches.
On the women’s side, the Engineers set two conference records among five event wins. Senior Creasy Clauser won the 400 with a league- and school-record time of 57.67. Senior Liz Evans added top honors in the women’s high jump with a conference record of 5-10 1/2.
Evans added a second victory by winning the long jump with a mark of 17-10 1/4. Senior Tanya Colonna won the pole vault with a leap of 11-0 1/4 and the 4-x-100 relay team of Clauser, Evans, senior Gloria Boxell and junior Erin Cox claimed the title in a school record time of 49.59.
The Engineers added three men’s and one women’s runner-up honor. Senior Trey Cahill was runner-up in the hammer throw (170-10), senior Greg Larmore placed second in the discus throw (143-8) and Stallings was second in the 400 hurdles (53.44). The women’s squad featured runner-up accolades for junior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery in a time of 4:50.57.
Selected individuals for Rose-Hulman will return to action Friday in the Billy Hayes Invitational at Indiana University.
• Allee ties record — At Price Field, junior Morgan Allee tied the Indiana State single-season runs-scored record and the Sycamores swiped eight stolen bases as they split a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader with the Evansville on Saturday.
In the first game, freshman Halle Humphrey pitched three hitless innings before allowing an Aces double in the fourth. Humphrey allowed just five hits over a complete seven innings, but the Sycamores still fell 2-0.
Senior Mackenzie Connelly finished the game 3 for 3 with a double and stolen base for the Sycamores, while freshman Paige Schreiner went 1 for 3 with a double.
In Game 2, the Sycamores jumped out to an early lead when they scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back in winning 8-4.
Schreiner finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Allee was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and two steals. Humphrey pitched her second complete game of the day, allowing five hits with four strikeouts.
As a team, the Sycamores stole eight bases on the day and are now just three away from the MVC single-season record of 100. Allee also stole three bases to move within one of the MVC single-season record of 37 with four games remaining.
The two teams will face off in the finale of the three-game series at noon today at Price Field.