TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman will face Anderson in the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament at 3:30 p.m. today at Manchester University.
The third-seeded Engineers return to the conference tournament for the first time since 2012. The field features familiar foes, as Rose, Manchester, Anderson and Franklin have qualified for the conference baseball tournament together for the fourth time in the last five years.
The Engineers hosted the HCAC tournament in 2012 and reached the NCAA Division III tournament during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Rose-Hulman stands 23-16 overall (16-9 HCAC) and put the finishing touches on a bid to the HCAC tournament by winning two of three games over Defiance last weekend. The Engineers started the conference season with an 11-0 record in home games and finished 14-5 at Art Nehf Field this season.
Sophomore Kody Alayon leads the offense with a .414 average and has tallied 46 hits, nine doubles and ranks second on the team with 15 stolen bases. Senior Hank Akard has established a single-season school record with 21 stolen bases and comes into the tournament with a .327 batting average on eight doubles and a team-high three home runs.
The double-elimination tournament continues through Saturday at Manchester, weather permitting.
Today at Manchester
Game 1 — No. 4 Franklin at No.1 Manchester, noon
Game 2 — No. 3 Rose-Hulman vs. No. 2 Anderson, 3:30 p.m.
Friday at Manchester
Game 3 — Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 9:30 a.m.
Game 4 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 12:30 p.m.
Game 5 — Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 4 p.m.
Saturday at Manchester
Game 6 — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, noon
Game 7 — Repeat of Game 6 (if necessary), 3:30 p.m.
• Ace recorded — At Geneva Hills, Jerry Dowdy shot a hole-in-one Wednesday on the No. 2 hole from 108 yards. Witnesses were Chet Rutan and Dave Newling.