TERRE HAUTE —
For 23 years, Rose-Hulman baseball coach Jeff Jenkins has taken his team to Florida to open its season and 2012 was no exception.
Jenkins said the point of this annual trip is not to stretch out on the beach, but to see “who can do what” in actual game situations.
“We use a lot of players,” he explained. “We used 16 pitchers [14 in varsity games and two more in split-squad games] on this trip alone.”
The Engineers went 5-3 this year, capping off their stay with a 7-2 victory over the College of New Jersey on Saturday at Winter Haven, Fla.
“We played an extremely tough schedule, probably the toughest we’ve faced since we started going down there,” Jenkins insisted, adding that three of their opponents competed in the NCAA Division III final eight at least once over the last five years.
“So we’re pleased. We’re really young this year.”
One of their losses was a 7-6 decision to Loras last Thursday. It lasted 15 innings, the second-longest game in Rose history.
Jenkins was particularly happy about the Engineers’ 5-3 triumph Friday, which came against nationally ranked St. John Fisher.
“That was a good one for us,” he admitted. “They’ve got a really good chance of going to the [NCAA Division III] regional this year.”
Rose-Hulman is back home now and preparing to face Greenville in its home opener at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Art Nehf Field.
The Engineers are missing one of their top returning hitters from 2011 — senior outfielder Derek Dauenbaugh, who ruptured an Achilles tendon playing intramural basketball recently. Jenkins said Dauenbaugh may be able to return late in the season, but they’re not counting on a signficant contribution from him.
Some of the starting infielders, who helped Rose turn 19 double plays over the first eight games, are senior Will Burchett at shortstop, sophomore Andrew Benitez at second base and junior Bobby Newman at third base.
“The infield defense was very solid [in Florida],” Jenkins emphasized. “They’ve been just outstanding.”
Newman and Matt Turk hit the only home runs for Jenkins’ squad in Florida and Newman leads in runs batted in with 11.
Sophomore center fielder/lead-off man Hank Akard is No. 1 on the Engineers in batting average (.564), runs scored (13), doubles (eight) and stolen bases (four).
“He makes solid contact and he’s fast,” Jenkins said of Akard’s offensive skills. “He’s also become a really good center fielder for us.”
Also serving as the closer on their pitching staff, the right-handed Akard has chalked up one save and a 1.50 earned-run average this season.
Three former Terre Haute North High School standouts are expected to see a fair amount of action. Sophomore left fielder Parker Fulkerson — who’s in his first season at Rose-Hulman after he transferred from Holy Cross — is batting .343 as a full-time starter, junior Nick Pilipovich started five games either as a catcher or designated hitter in Florida and sophomore Dougie Collett started one game and appeared in five after missing last season with an injury.
Senior Jim Bob Schuler is the ace of Rose’s pitching staff, having already won two games with an ERA of 3.45. Last season, the 6-foot-4 lefty went 7-2 with a 2.86 ERA.
“He pitched very well on this trip,” Jenkins confirmed.
Other likely mound starters are junior right-hander Ethan Post (0-0, 2.61) and freshman righty Ben Menich (1-0, 3.60). Menich, by the way, picked up the victory against St. John Fisher.
Turning his attention to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Jenkins predicted the Franklin Grizzlies will be difficult to beat again after they captured the HCAC tournament title last season. But the Engineers should at least be in the hunt in 2012.
“They’ve got good pitching and they always score a lot of runs,” he pointed out. “But we’re going to give it all we’ve got [to win HCAC games]. We just cannot afford any injuries. We are not very deep at all … and we’ve got to get consistent starting pitching.”
TERRE HAUTE —
For 23 years, Rose-Hulman baseball coach Jeff Jenkins has taken his team to Florida to open its season and 2012 was no exception.
Despite Strickland’s 26, Rose men lose in basketball
Rose-Hulman rimmed out a potential game-tying 3-point shot in the final seconds, as Transylvania held on to top the Engineers 62-59 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball Saturday.
Following a Transylvania foul with 2.2 seconds remaining, Rose freshman Collin Wojcik rimmed out a shot that could have forced overtime. Tommy Sirkin grabbed the rebound to secure the Transylvania victory.
Senior Julian Strickland led all scorers with 26 points, including nine points in the final three minutes to get the Engineers within striking distance.
Freshman Belyea top scorer for Rose women
Defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball regular-season champion Transylvania showed its strength with an 85-42 victory over Rose-Hulman in the league opener Saturday.
Madisen Webb led four Pioneers in double figures with 18 points. Katelyn Smith added 16 points, Nicole Coffman scored 13 and Alex McKenzie contributed 11 points for a balanced Transylvania attack.
Young gun: Freshman Belyea leads Engineers to second straight victory over Saint Mary-of-the Woods
Freshman women’s college basketball players sparked Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Rose-Hulman on Wednesday in Hulbert Arena. Playing her first major minutes of the season, Rose-Hulman guard Kristen Belyea was the clutch shooter for the Engineers. In the second half, Belyea knocked down 4 of 6 from the field and 2 of 3 from the 3-point arc to help the Engineers earn a second straight victory in the rivalry with a 74-54 decision.
Strickland leads RHIT men to win
Rose-Hulman opened its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball season with a 66-50 victory at Anderson University on Wednesday.
Metro: Boys county title games set for tonight
A pair of championship games in the Vigo County middle school boys basketball tournament will be played today in West Vigo High School’s main gym. At 6 p.m., Woodrow Wilson will take on Sarah Scott for the sixth-grade title. Then at about 7:30, Wilson and Honey Creek will tangle for the seventh-grade crown.
Red-hot Strickland leads Engineers past Wabash 77-68
Julian Strickland tied his career-high point total with 31 Monday night — his third consecutive 30-point game this season — as host Rose-Hulman downed Wabash 77-68 in Hulbert Arena.
Rose-Hulman women fall short to Marian
A clutch 3-pointer and free throws down the stretch sealed the home victory for Marian University in Saturday’s competitive 50-45 nonconference victory over the Rose-Hulman women’s basketball team.
Strickland pours in 30, but the Engineers fall in home opener
Carroll University withstood a last-minute challenge by Rose-Hulman to earn a 67-64 men’s basketball victory in the Engineers’ home opener Saturday afternoon in Hulbert Arena.
Rose men’s soccer ends best season ever in Sweet 16 loss
The best season in Rose-Hulman men’s soccer history came to an end Saturday night with a 3-0 loss to Franklin & Marshall in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Strickland leads Rose over Chicago in men's basketball
Rose-Hulman senior Julian Strickland fired in a career-high 31 points to lead the Engineers past the University of Chicago 85-80 in men’s college basketball Saturday night.
Strickland finished 11 of 19 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line with eight rebounds and five assists to lead the performance. He previously scored 30 points in the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament title game victory over Transylvania that launched the Engineers into the NCAA tournament.
Rose's dream soccer season ends with 3-0 loss to Franklin & Marshall
The best season in Rose-Hulman men’s soccer history came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Franklin & Marshall in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Franklin and Marshall standout Ben Beaver scored once in each half to provide the offense, and goalkeeper T.J. White recorded a shutout to lead the defensive effort for the Diplomats.
Rose-Hulman men's basketball to begin 20th season under Shaw
Armed with one of the top NCAA Division III players in the nation in senior Julian Strickland, the Rose-Hulman men’s basketball team will begin its 20th straight season under the guidance of coach Jim Shaw tonight at Washington (St. Louis) University.
Tipoff for the Lopata Classic first-round matchup is slated for 9 o’clock EST.
“They’re one of the top [Division III] teams in the country,” Shaw said of the Bears’ program commonly known as Wash. U. “They’re really good every year and they’ll be really good this year.”
Rose-Hulman’s Montgomery seeking All-American in Division III
Rose-Hulman has a cross country runner in the NCAA Division III championships for the sixth time in the history of the men’s or women’s programs.
Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery is the second woman to qualify for the Engineers. The Lafayette, La., native will race for All-America status Saturday at Hanover in the women’s 6K race.
Rose-Hulman's Hong honored by NCAA Division III
Rose-Hulman freshman Ellie Hong has been named the Collegeswimming.com NCAA Division III Women’s Swimmer of the Week.
In a dual meet against Franklin, she broke the school record in the 100 freestyle (54.18 seconds) by nearly a second and won the 100 backstroke in 59.13.
Rose-Hulman’s Smyser is still embracing clutch goal
When sophomore Mike Smyser guided the ball into the net during the opening minutes of the Rose-Hulman men’s soccer match against undefeated, NCAA Division III No. 1-ranked Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday in Delaware, Ohio, he had no idea it would be the only goal of a hard-fought match.
Rose soccer scores biggest win in its history, ousting No. 1 in Division III tourney
Mike Smyser scored in the first five minutes Sunday, and the Rose-Hulman defense took care of the rest as the Engineers upset top-ranked, unbeaten Ohio Wesleyan 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament.
METRO/PREP ROUNDUP: Rose-Hulman football seeks first conference title since 1988
Rose-Hulman looks to earn its first football conference championship since 1988 in Saturday’s Battle of the Borders Broadsword matchup at Earlham. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
Metro roundup: Rose-Hulman men's soccer advances to title game
Rose-Hulman advanced to the championship game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament with a 3-0 victory over Hanover College on Tuesday night.
The second-seeded FEngineers will host Transylvania University, who upset No. 1 seed Earlham College earlier Tuesday. Transylvania and Earlham played to a 1-1 draw, before Transylvania advanced with a 4-2 victory in penalty kicks.
No. 12 Franklin visits Rose in HCAC showdown
Missing one of its best players, Rose-Hulman’s football team will play host to NCAA Division III No. 12-ranked Franklin in a matchup of the last two undefeated teams in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at 1:30 p.m. today at Cook Stadium.
Rose men’s basketball team 20th in preseason rankings
DIII News has ranked Rose-Hulman at No. 20 nationally in its preseason men’s basketball poll and senior Julian Strickland earned “Top 24” honors from the organization Wednesday.
Rose-Hulman adds six to its Athletic Hall of Fame
Matt Smith and Andrew Schipper hadn’t seen each other in about 10 years until they crossed paths Saturday.
This wasn’t a surprise meeting because they knew they were reuniting for a common reason.
Both 2003 Rose-Hulman graduates were among six new inductees going into the engineering institute’s Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend.
Despite firing off 36 shots, Rose-Hulman and Woods soccer teams battle to 0-0 tie
There was good reason to believe the Rose-Hulman and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods women’s soccer teams were an even match before they took the field Tuesday afternoon.
The Engineers entered at 4-2-3 and the host Pomeroys were 3-3.
Well, after 110 minutes — 90 minutes of regulation play and two 10-minute overtimes — proof exists that the teams are truly equal.
They played to a scoreless tie.
Rose-Hulman pulls out homecoming victory with huge third quarter
In the first, second and fourth quarters of Saturday afternoon’s homecoming game at Cook Stadium, the Rose-Hulman offense played like the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, frequently plodding through three-and-outs and fumbling away the football.
Thankfully for the Engineers and their enthusiastic supporters, the Rose offense more closely resembled the Denver Broncos in the third quarter, exploding for three touchdowns that were desperately needed to secure a 23-19 triumph over Defiance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both squads.
Rose-Hulman women’s soccer shuts out Greenville
Rose-Hulman scored once in the first half and twice in the second to earn a 3-0 shutout victory over Greenville College in women's soccer action on Wednesday at the Intramural Field.
Senior Rachel Johnstone put the Engineers on the board in the 34th minute, on a breakaway goal started by an assist from junior Haley O’Neil.
Rose-Hulman football drops opener at Kalamazoo
Big plays in the second half proved to be too much to overcome for the Rose-Hulman football team, as the Engineers fell on the road to Kalamazoo 28-23 on Saturday at Angell Field.
Quarterback Ryan Landwehr led the Rose-Hulman offense, completing 19 of 34 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the Engineers’ top rusher, finishing with 62 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Short move: New R-H coach didn’t even have to leave home to take ‘attractive deal’
In the case of many college coaches, when they leave one school to take a job at another, they have to pack up their belongings and move to a new home. Not so with Geoff Wayton, who left Indiana State to become head coach for the NCAA Division III Rose-Hulman men’s and women’s cross country team and an assistant to Larry Cole for its men’s and women’s track and field program. Wayton’s hiring was announced Aug. 12.
Hannahs adds Ronnie Prettyman to ISU baseball staff
Indiana State baseball coach Mitch Hannahs has announced that Ronnie Prettyman will join his staff as an assistant coach, starting with the 2013-2014 season.
METRO RONUDUP: Rose-Hulman picked 5th in HCAC football poll
The Rose-Hulman football has been selected to finish fifth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, in a preseason poll of league coaches released Wednesday.
Rose-Hulman swimmers flying to nationals
Rose-Hulman swimmers John Craig Huster and Orion Martin have qualified for the Division III national meet in the 100 butterfly
Despite four NCAA Division III titles, Rose-Hulman’s Liz Evans remains as driven as ever
Even though Rose-Hulman senior Liz Evans has won four NCAA Division III titles in the women’s high jump, getting motivated is still easy for her.
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