News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 27, 2013

Indiana State baseball series canceled

The Tribune-Star

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.

• Engineers lose season finales — At North Manchester, Rose-Hulman completed its 2013 season by falling 11-3 and 3-2 against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Manchester University on Saturday.

In the opener, Emily Willmann had four hits and scored three runs to lead the Manchester offense. Kaile Niezgodski also finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a home run.

For Rose, junior Allison Bowman, freshman Marissa Stout and senior Alyse Mueller each had a single and an RBI.

In the nightcap, Manchester scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie and secure the victory. Willmann ended the contest with a two-out RBI single to send the Spartans into the HCAC tournament on a win.

Mueller tossed a complete game in her final college pitching outing. Senior Brianne Widmoyer joined Mueller in her final game at Rose-Hulman with two singles. Stout and Carly Heibel had two hits each in Game 2.

Manchester improved to 17-13 overall and 9-3 in conference games, while Rose completed its season with a 12-24 overall mark.


• Rose 5th so far — At North Bend, Ohio, the Rose-Hulman men’s team stood fifth after Day 1 of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships Saturday.

Today’s second round will take place at Aston Oaks Golf Course in North Bend. The third and fourth rounds will be hosted by the Engineers at Terre Haute’s Rea Park on May 4-5.

For Rose on Saturday, junior Travis Whithaus of Robinson, Ill. led the way with an 11th-place effort with a round of 77. Freshman Sanders Park is one shot behind Whithaus in 12th after a 78.

HCAC tournament (through first round)

Team scores — Transylvania 297, Hanover 303, Mount St. Joseph 306, Franklin 318, Rose-Hulman 330, Manchester 333, Anderson 346, Defiance 358.

Rose-Hulman scores — 11. Travis Whithaus 77; 12. Sanders Park 78; 28. Jeremy Walters 86; 33. John Rigitano 89; 36. Kent Kraus 91.

• Soggy Donut scramble — At the Country Club of Terre Haute, the Indy 911 Foundation foursome of Barbara Johnson, Pete Mungoven, Mark Carrico and Shawn Jones won the Soggy Donut Foundation four-person scramble Friday.

Soggy Donut Foundation 4-person scramble

1. — Barbara Johnson, Pete Mungoven, Mark Carrico, Shawn Jones.

2. — Jim Donohue, Tristan Ireland, Jeff Mowbray, Nate Blacketer.

3. — Matt Rains, Mike Ellerman, Mark Minnick, Logan Whitman.

Contest winners — Closest to the pin (No. 3): Matt Davis. Longest putt (No. 1): Rusty Gray. Closest to the pin (No. 16): Carrico. Longest drive (No. 18): David Garland.

• ATO outing — At Idle Creek, the foursome of Cody Dust, Trevor Nice, Phil Schafer and Brandt Fisher took first place in the gross division of the Alpha Tau Omega outing Friday.

Alpha Tau Omega outing

Gross division

59 — Cody Dust, Trevor Nice, Phil Schafer, Brandt Fisher.

60 — Greg Jennings, Rick Sheffer, Bob Tompulis, Gordy Bryan.

Net division

59 — Don Anthony, Mike Fread, Lowell Shepler, John Russell.

61 — Alex Eickhoff, Jordan Marrs, Devon Hall.

Proximity winners

Closest to the pins — Jennings (No. 3), David Haynes (No. 9), Sheffer (No. 12), Ben Rice (No. 16).

Long drive — Dust (No. 15).

Long putt — Colin Bennett (No. 18).

Auto racing

• Thomas posts win — At Gas City, Kevin Thomas Jr. was the winner in U.S. Auto Club sprint-car racing Friday at I-69 Speedway.

Thomas led the final eight laps to win the 30-lap main with Thomas Meseraull second and Robert Ballou third. Six flips were recorded in the program.

Chase Stockon was the sprint point leader going into the action and was second going into Saturday’s scheduled action at Lincoln Park Speedway after finishing 12th. He trailed Hunter Schuerenberg by one point in the totals.

Friday’s results

Fast qualifier — Thomas Meseraull.

Heat winners — Justin Grant, Hunter Schuerenberg, C.J. Leary, Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon (semi).

Feature — Kevin Thomas Jr., Meseraull, Robert Ballou, Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Bacon, Gary Taylor, Hines, Schuerenberg, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom, Chad Boespflug, Leary.