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Baseball Team Picked to Finish 4th in HCAC

Baseball Team Picked to Finish 4th in HCAC

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been picked to finish fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball standings this season, in a preseason poll of league coaches released today.

Rose-Hulman received a total of 68 poll points for the fourth position after finishing with a record of 18-24 overall and 16-11 in league play last season.  The Fightin' Engineers return five starters and two members of their starting rotation from the 2017 squad.

Top returning hitters include juniors David Burnside (.384, 13 2B, 7 HR), Brian Thomas (.298, 10 2B, 5 HR), Conner Shipley (.346, 5 2B) and Davis Robeson (.268, 4 2B), along with senior Marcus Wechselberger (.293, 6 2B).  On the mound, the Rose-Hulman pitching staff is led by senior Ian Grant (3-5, 4.07 ERA), sophomore Clayton Mayfield (3-3, 3.13 ERA, 4 saves) and sophomore Luke Buehler (2-2, 4.22 ERA).

The team also features one of the top incoming freshman classes in recent memory, with at least four position players and multiple pitchers expected to contribute immediately.

Rose-Hulman opens the 2018 schedule with its annual Florida spring trip starting Feb. 26.  The home opening weekend tournament featuring Chicago and Wisconsin-Platteville is set for March 17-18.

2018 HCAC BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL

Finish Team First Place Votes 2017 Record 2017 HCAC Record
1 Earlham 93 (6) 30-14 21-6
2 Manchester 81 22-21 18-9
3 Franklin 79 (3) 21-17 13-12
4 Rose-Hulman 68 18-24 16-11
5 Mt. St. Joseph  67 24-20 16-11
6 Transylvania 36 13-24 8-16
7 Anderson 34 (1) 14-23 8-16
8 Bluffton 32 15-20 8-15
9 Defiance 31 14-25 11-15
10 Hanover 29 18-20 9-17