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May 14, 2014

Rose-Hulman loses NCAA baseball opener

MIOLINE, Ill. — Rose-Hulman held a 2-1 lead until the bottom of the eighth inning when No. 6-ranked St. Thomas (Minn.) rallied with three runs in the eighth to earn a 4-2 win in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Central Regional double-elimination baseball tournament Wednesday afternoon at Augustana College.

St. Thomas relied on two singles and a sacrifice bunt to start the eighth-inning rally, then tied the score at 2-2 on a single by Tim Kuzniar. The Tommies later took the lead at 3-2 on a strange play.

With the bases loaded and one out, J.D. Dorgan smashed a line drive off the glove of pitcher John Krasich that trickled to shortstop Kody Alayon. Alayon stepped on second base for one out and, moving across the runner, made a throw to first that was just late to give the Tommies the lead.

Sam Miller added an insurance run on a single to make the score 4-2 and set the stage for the St. Thomas victory that overcame a spirited near-upset bid from the Engineers.

Rose scored twice in the top of the first to take a 2-0 advantage. Alayon started the game with a bunt single, moved to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch. Donnie Waters reached on a fielding error to score Alayon and make the score 1-0. Caleb Kissel then hit an RBI single up the middle to plate Waters.

Rose-Hulman relied on the strong arm of sophomore Andrew Stull to hold the lead until the eighth. Stull scattered six hits over the first seven innings and allowed just one run to keep the Engineers in the lead.

Defense also contributed to Rose holding the lead for seven innings. The St. Thomas first inning ended on a strong throw from left fielder Patrick Klima to catcher Zach Trusk to stop a potential run. Trusk later threw out a Tommie runner trying to steal to end the sixth. Andrew Benitez capped the seventh with a diving stop and throw to first to end the frame.

For St. Thomas, Colin Wendinger pitched eight innings and allowed no earned runs to move to 8-0 for the season. He struck out four and walked two in the effort. Tommy Danczyk pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

The Rose-Hulman offense featured Alayon and Kissel with two singles each. Alayon scored once and Kissel had one run batted in. Jack Hogan led St. Thomas with three hits.

Rose (26-17) returns to action today with a 1 p.m. elimination game against No. 1-ranked Webster (37-6). The Engineers will seek their first baseball victory ever over a team ranked No. 1 in the nation. St. Thomas (34-7) will face the winner of Wednesday’s late game tonight.

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Also Wednesday at Moline:

• DePauw 2, Webster 1 — DePauw southpaw Jack Peck allowed just a single run in the first inning and the Tigers scored once each in the sixth and seventh innings on the way to a win over top-ranked Webster in the opening game of the Central Regional.

DePauw (24-19) will return to the diamond today to face the loser of Wednesday night’s game between St. Scholastica and Buena Vista.

 

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