News From Terre Haute, Indiana


March 15, 2011

Turnover for Engineers

New talent rounds out rosters for Rose baseball, softball teams

TERRE HAUTE — Fans might want to purchase a program at Rose-Hulman games this season to identify all the new baseball and softball players.

Turnover is inevitable in college sports, but the two programs arguably lost more key players due to graduation in recent memory.

Rose baseball (30-14, 14-8 in HCAC last year) is replacing key contributors from a team that participated in the NCAA Division III National Tournament the past three seasons, and were Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champions the past two seasons.

How many players departed? Rose coach Jeff Jenkins rattled off a lengthy list, “Our starting catcher, our backup catcher, our first baseman, our shortstop, our third baseman, our right fielder, our designated hitter and five pitchers.

“One of those pitchers [Derek Eitel] was the 17th-round draft pick [Major League Baseball draft], a catcher [Keenan Long] was an All-American, three other Academic All-Americans in that group and one’s in med school now. So it was an extraordinary group.”

Rose softball coach Brian Shearer did not lose quite as many players to graduation. But his team did take a couple big “hits” with the departure of No. 1 pitcher Jordan Gonslee and the school’s career leading hitter in Brittany Bernthold.

Gonslee was a workhorse in the circle — 104 2/3 innings, 14 complete games, 122 strikeouts and just eight walks last year — while Bernthold paced the Engineers (16-14, 9-7 last year) with a .408 batting average.

But that was then, and this is now. The following are previews of this year’s teams:


“We’re very, very young this year,” Jenkins described his 2011 squad. “We knew we’d have some growing pains.”

While last year’s team was solid in all categories, especially as a big-hitting team, this year’s team will rely prominently on fielding and pitching. “If we don’t do one of those two, we could be in a little trouble,” Jenkins said. “We’re not going to knock the fences down with our hitting.”

With a few exceptions, there has been plenty of competition for playing time in the early going this season. “In nine games [in Florida], we used nine different lineups and we used 15 different pitchers,” Jenkins noted.

Three key offensive players include seniors B.J. Zobrist (second base), Michael Kovacs (center field) and Chris Stemple (left field).

“Zobrist has been kind of a role player his previous years, never been an everyday starter. He’s doing that now,” Jenkins said. “Kovacs is a fourth-year starter and we’re looking for a little power from him. Stemple is a career .400 hitter and he didn’t hit very well [3-for-29 in Florida]. We know he’ll break out of it. Hitters are eventually going to hit.”

Jenkins proved prophetic as Stemple was 3 for 6 vs. Alma on Sunday.

Catching will be handled by a pair of sophomores, Matt Turk and Terre Haute North graduate Nick Pilipovich. Other key players include juniors Will Burchett (shortstop), Derek Dauenbaugh (utility), sophomore Bobby Newman (third base) and Andrew Benitez, a talented freshman from Hawaii.

Newman tops the Engineers with a .432 batting average and 13 RBIs thus far. Other leading hitters are Kovacs (.405), Dauenbaugh (.381) and Zobrist (.370).

Jenkins described his team’s pitching as “hit and miss” early in the season.

“Andrew Oakley has three wins for us, Gannon Sadzeck had one good outing, two not so good outings, Nick Rumpke is coming off knee surgery and hadn’t pitched in over a year,” Jenkins commented on three of his senior hurlers.

Junior Jim Bob Schuler has two wins and a save, while sophomore Ethan Post “has made great strides,” Jenkins mentioned. “Right now he fits into our third spot in the rotation.

“Our goal is to be one of the top four teams in the conference tournament,” Jenkins said. “Every time out we have to improve at something. At the end of the season if that’s 20 wins, if that’s 15 wins, if that’s 25 wins … we’re not really looking so much at that as the overall improvement of our team.”

Rose was 5-4 on their annual spring Florida trip, improving to 6-4 after winning their home opener vs. Alma College on Sunday.


“Do we miss the seniors last year? Yeah, we miss them,” Shearer stated. “But I think this year’s squad is a very cohesive group. So we’re not going see much of a dropoff, I think.

“We’ve got some good senior leadership this year … five seniors on the squad, which is more than we’ve had in a while. We also have a strong freshman contingent this season. We’re seeing the freshmen already really contribute.”

While Gonslee has departed, the other three pitchers from last season have returned.

Shearer declared his No. 1 pitcher to be senior Kyla Lutz, who had a 1.82 earned run average in limited action last year.

“Kyla Lutz has been very versatile,” Shearer praised. “As a freshman, she also played shortstop. Last couple of years she’s been at first [base] and has played third base. But in the circle, she’s going to be our No. 1.”

Backing up Lutz will be sophomores Brianne Widmoyer and Alysse Mueller. Widmoyer, who also plays third base, “threw some good games in Florida, so we look for her to backup Kyla in conference play.” Mueller will be the third pitcher and “has one of our biggest bats.”

Because of the versatility of his pitchers, Shearer’s lineup will reflect changes due to who is pitching a particular game. “Depending on who’s throwing at the time will decide on where a lot of people will play,” he said.

Shearer describes this year’s pitching staff as being more of a mixture.

“Jordan was a very good pitcher,” Shearer said. “We wanted to utilize her as much as we could. So she threw a lot for us last year. This year in conference, Kyla and Brianne will be throwing a lot … Alysse will come in in relief probably. Non-conference [games], the pitching rotation will be there.”

Ally Faber is a senior, in her third year as the starting catcher. “She’s hitting now like she’s wanted to her whole career. She’s always been a good catcher, so now she’s got both going.”

A top freshman is shortstop Jenna Martinek “she’s our leadoff hitter, very fast” who could also play some at second base.

Thus far, Faber is hitting .441 with a home run and 11 RBIs, followed by Widmoyer (.350), Martinek (.326) and Lutz (.320).

“This year we weren’t picked very high in the conference,” Shearer noted. “It seems like a lot of teams are kind of overlooking us, and I think that that’s wrong. We’ve got some talented girls still.”

Rose is 4-8, winning their final two games at the Centre Invitational on Sunday.


Rose-Hulman baseball (6-4)

Wednesday — Fontbonne, 5:30 p.m.

Friday — North Central College, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday — North Central College, noon

Sunday — North Central College, noon

Mar. 25 — Defiance, 6 p.m.

Mar. 26 — Defiance (DH), noon

Rose-Hulman softball (4-8)

Saturday — Bluffton (DH), 1 p.m.

Sunday — Spalding (DH), 2 p.m.

Mar. 26 — at Transylvania (DH), 1 p.m.

Apr. 2 — Mount St. Joseph (DH), 4 p.m.

Apr. 8 — Grace (DH), 5 p.m.

Apr. 10 — Blackburn (DH), noon

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

  • ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win

    Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Top returners lead Cream over Crimson in Hoosiers' spring game

    The Cream team at Saturday’s Cream and Crimson intrasquad game had Indiana’s top returning rusher and receiver and the Hoosiers’ top-rated passer from last season.
    No surprise, then, that Tevin Coleman, Shane Wynn and Tre Roberson guided the Cream to a resounding 24-14 win over the Crimson.

    April 12, 2014

  • Rose-Hulman baseball gets wild doubleheader sweep

    Host Rose-Hulman came back from an early six-run deficit in the first game Saturday and went on to a 13-12, 7-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball sweep over Mount St. Joseph.
    The wild opener featured a Rose-Hulman comeback from an 8-2 deficit and included 18 hits and two school records for the Engineers.

    April 12, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball earns doubleheader sweep at Missouri State

    Yvette Alvarez’s one-hit shutout capped a dominant day of pitching Saturday as Indiana State swept a Missouri Valley Conference softball doubleheader at Missouri State by scores of 6-1 and 4-0.
    “We pitched well,” coach Shane Bouman said. “Both Taylor Lockwood in the first game and Yvette Alvarez in the second game threw great. When you pitch good and you play good defense and get some key hits, good things are going to happen.

    April 12, 2014

  • SPT 032414 COACH SANFORD.jpg ISU football set for first spring scrimmage

    Thanks to a limited number of available offensive linemen — a group that will at least double in numbers in the fall with the addition of recruits and currently injured players — the Sycamores won’t have a full-scale scrimmage, but will still intersperse scrimmage plays (with officials) among other practice drills.
    “We’re thin,” coach Mike Sanford admitted after practice Thursday. “The scrimmage will be part of practice — probably 30 or 40 plays altogether. We only have five to seven healthy offensive linemen, so we can’t go [in a scrimmage format] for long stretches of time.”

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • ISU baseball falls to Vanderbilt 6-2

    The seventh-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores took control early to defeat the Indiana State Sycamores 6-2

    April 9, 2014

  • SPT 040514 JACOB HAYES DIVE.jpg ISU baseball sweeps doubleheader against Wichita State

    Indiana State baseball coach Mitch Hannahs finally got what he’s been looking for from the Sycamores’ Friday and Saturday starters ... and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
    Preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Wichita State is in town for a crucial series. With ISU 2-4 in the league, it was vital for the Sycamores to validate their better-than-expected form in nonconference play with MVC success in Saturday’s doubleheader at Bob Warn Field.

    April 5, 2014 3 Photos

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Rose-Hulman's nine-game winnings streak snapped

    Rose-Hulman had its nine-game winning streak snapped with two tightly contested losses at defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Manchester on Saturday.

    April 5, 2014

  • Newbolt.jpg Sycamores get commitment from junior-college point guard

    Help wanted.
    Following Indiana State’s loss to Marquette in the WNIT, coach Teri Moren touched on the future of the program after the loss of Sycamore senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant Prusator …nd jones 0.jpg Prusator gives ISU a shooter for 2015

    Grant Prusator, a native of Rochelle, Ill., has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Indiana State starting in the 2014-15 season. He will have three years of eligibility with the Sycamores as he played just one year for Highland Community College.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Metro sports: Locks of Love tournament today at Memorial Stadium

    The Indiana State Women’s Soccer team will host its annual Locks of Love tournament today. The 4th annual event will begin at 9 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

    April 4, 2014

  • SPT040314 ISUFB thurman.jpg Indiana State secondary could be mending into a strength

    During Indiana State’s injury-ravaged 2013 season, there wasn’t a unit on either side of the ball that was spared from the carnage.
    But if one had to be singled out as hardest hit in the injury department, it would be difficult to out-do the Sycamores’ secondary.
    Every player that started in ISU’s season opener at Indiana not only missed at least one game last season, but the entire starting unit was out of action by the end of September.

    April 3, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT031114 reed1.jpg Reed named Midseason National Player of the Year

    Half of the college baseball season is done and one prominent college baseball publication thinks Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed is best player in the land.
    Reed, a junior at Kentucky, was named the Midseason National Player of the Year by Perfect Game USA, a website devoted to college baseball.

    April 3, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT012714ISUWBB laramie.jpg Laramie to transfer from ISU women's basketball program

    Indiana State forward Marina Laramie averaged 9.9 points and started all 32 games as a sophomore for the Sycamores.
    But the 6-foot-2 women’s basketball player will continue her career elsewhere.

    April 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: ISU blanks Austin Peay in 6-plus innings

    Indiana State’s baseball team posted another mid-week victory Wednesday night as four pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout and lead a 3-0 victory over Austin Peay State at Bob Warn Field.

    April 2, 2014

  • 20140401_145857.jpg Chicago guard commits to ISU women's basketball

    The Indiana State women’s basketball team picked up a verbal commitment from Chicago guard Kiera Brooks on Tuesday.
    The 5-foot-7 junior for North Lawndale College Prep visited ISU’s campus for the first time, met the team and chose her college home. Brooks averaged 18.7 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for coach Corey Morgan’s 15-11 squad.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball tops IU 7-5

    The Indiana State softball team remained a perfect 13-0 when scoring in the first inning as it defeated Indiana (9-24-1) 7-5 Tuesday for its second consecutive victory over a Big Ten opponent.

    April 1, 2014

  • Stout_action3.jpg Dedicated to helping others

    It’s not like Marissa Stout is bored out of her mind and lacking for things to do.

    March 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: ISU’s Stone, Riemenschneider honored by MVC

    Indiana State junior Megan Stone and freshman Brooke Riemenschneider each earned Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors, according to an announcement from the league office Monday.

    March 31, 2014

  • SPT 032914 TYLER WAMPLER.jpg ISU baseball shows mental toughness in win over Illinois State

    When the pressure’s on, there’s nothing a coach likes more than to see his team double down on their approach and grit out a positive result.

    March 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT032814 ISUBB hayes.jpg Going the distance: Redbirds ace Savas allows just five hits while shutting down Sycamores

    Indiana State’s pitchers weren’t their best in Friday’s series opener against Illinois State, but it seemed the Sycamores might get away with it. Through seven innings, ISU had issued six walks, gave up six hits and hit a batter, but still trailed by just a run. But ISU’s luck with its generosity would give out in the eighth, and even if it hadn’t, Illinois State standout starter Dan Savas had the Sycamores’ bats in a deep freeze anyway. The Redbirds defeated the Sycamores 5-2 at Bob Warn Field.

    March 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woods softball team wins 4th straight

    The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods softball team swept Grace College with a pair of wins in its home opener Wednesday.

    March 28, 2014

  • 13256387835_31de30fb40.jpg Devoted brothers: Mahurins relish chance to team up and win NAIA title

    It wasn’t a great year for NCAA basketball in the Hoosier state outside of Indiana State’s 23-victory season.
    But a team in NAIA Division II with eight Indiana natives — and coached by former Valparaiso point guard Greg Tonagel, an Indiana All-Star for his hometown of LaPorte — brought home a national basketball championship.
    Tonagel, the scrappy point guard who played alongside Bryce Drew for that magical Valpo team, created more March hoops memories with the help of Rockville brothers R.J. and Lane Mahurin.

    March 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT032614 ISU BB curry.jpg ‘A full night’: Leadoff hitter Curry leads 16-hit attack as Sycamores pound Hoosiers

    Lead-off man Landon Curry had four of Indiana State’s 16 hits Wednesday afternoon, and cleanup hitter Mike Fitzgerald reached for the 17th straight game to lead the Sycamores to a 12-8 victory.

    March 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT 032414 ISU FOOTBALL.jpg Fresh start: ISU football team springs into action for coach Sanford’s second season

    Many things change from year one to year two in someone’s coaching regime, but when it comes to football, few things change more dramatically in that span than spring football practice.

    March 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Nebraska Indiana Bask_Tayl.jpg Etherington, Hollowell leaving IU

    Two players are leaving Indiana University’s basketball program while a third is reportedly planning to leave early for the NBA. IU confirmed Monday afternoon that redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington and sophomore Jeremy Hollowell will transfer.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

Latest News Poll
AP Video
Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Raw: Three Rare White Tiger Cubs Debut at Zoo New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Pope's Relic on Wheels Departs to Rome Raw: Urinator Causes Portland to Flush Reservoir At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line
NDN Video
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010