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April 12, 2014

Rose-Hulman baseball gets wild doubleheader sweep

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — 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.

Alec McNally got his eighth, breaking the prior mark of seven set by Sam Deters, and Zach Trusk was hit by a pitch three times in the same game, tying a record set by Jeremy Hochstedler.

Josh Hoeing had five hits, including two doubles, to lead the 18-hit attack. Hank Akard added four hits with four RBIs and two runs scored. Akard blasted his first home run of the season and added a double.

Other Engineers with multiple hits included Caleb Kissel with two singles and three runs scored and Patrick Klima with a single, a double and three runs scored. Kevin Farley improved to 5-0 with 11⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.

Mount St. Joseph scored five unearned runs in the first inning and added three more runs in the second to take an 8-2 lead.  

Rose-Hulman rallied with three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to knot the score at 8-8 but Mount St. Joseph responded with three more runs to earn an 11-8 advantage.

Rose-Hulman scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth to force an 11-11 tie and added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 13-11 edge.

Mount St. Joseph rallied in the ninth to close within 13-12. With two on and two out, McNally forced a fly out to end the game and secure the single-season save record.

In the second game, Rose-hulman scored three times in the first and three times in the sixth. Karson Nixon pitched six strong innings, scattering seven hits with six strikeouts, and Gunnar Hutchison worked the final three innings for his first career save.

Akard led the Engineers with three extra-base hits — his second home run of the season and the day plus two doubles. Akard scored twice and Trusk also had a three-hit performance with two runs scored.

Other key offensive contributors in the nightcap included Donnie Waters with two doubles and two runs scored; Andrew Benitez with two singles and three RBIs and Kissel with two singles.

Rose-Hulman improved to 15-8 overall and 10-3 in conference play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 11-13-1 and 6-7. The two teams conclude their three-game series with a single game at noon today.

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