Thursday May 10
FRANKLIN, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will face Anderson University in an elimination game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The winner will turn around and face top-seeded Franklin College in the HCAC Championship Round on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The winner of the Saturday's first game will need to defeat Franklin on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Franklin clinches the automatic bid with one more victory.
Rose-Hulman has won seven of its last eight games to enter Saturday's contest at 20-22 overall. Anderson stands 24-19, while Franklin has a 37-3 overall record.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology led nationally ranked Franklin College after six innings, before the Grizzlies rallied to pick up a 13-9 victory in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament on Friday afternoon in central Indiana.
Franklin, ranked No. 14 by d3baseball.com this week, improved to 37-3 on the season with the win. The Grizzlies will compete in the HCAC Tournament Championship Round on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Rose-Hulman returns to the diamond at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday against either Anderson or Manchester, with the winner needing to beat Franklin twice in the title round.
Rose-Hulman relied on a strong pitching performance from Clayton Mayfield to lead Franklin 4-2 after six innings. Mayfield allowed one earned run and six hits with six strikeouts as the Fightin' Engineers built a lead and put a scare into the regular season HCAC champions.
The Franklin offense heated up in the seventh inning with six runs, but Rose-Hulman battled back with three of its own to move within 8-7. After the Grizzlies scored four times in the eighth, the Fightin' Engineers closed within 12-9 with two more runs of their own in the offensive battle.
Rose-Hulman relied on two key at bats to take its 4-2 lead. Logan Cody drew a bases loaded walk to knot the score at 2-2, before Conner Shipley doubled down the left field line to plate two runs and give the Engineers a 4-2 lead.
The Franklin offense responded with three home runs in the late innings to claim the victory. Frank Podkul lead Franklin with two home runs among three hits, three runs and three RBIs. Ryan Bixler and Brandt Pawley also had three hits each.
Rose-Hulman's offense was led by Luke Calabrese with three singles and one run scored. Davis Robeson had a triple and two RBIs, and David Burnside had a single and a double with one run scored to balance the lineup. Shipley also had a double, single, one run scored and two RBIs.
Rose-Hulman stands 20-22 entering Saturday's games. The winner of the HCAC Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament next week.
Rose-Hulman won its seventh consecutive game and advanced to the winner's bracket in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament with a come-from-behind 7-4 victory against Anderson University on Thursday at Franklin College.
Rose-Hulman returns to action on Friday at 12:30 p.m., facing the top-seeded Franklin College in a winner's bracket game. The Fightin' Engineers will wait until Saturday to return to the diamond after the Franklin game, regardless of the result.
Rose-Hulman trailed 3-0 entering the eighth inning, before scoring three runs to tie the score. The Fightin' Engineers took a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning and were within one strike of the win, before a double by Anderson tied the score at 4-4 and forced extra innings. Rose-Hulman responded with three runs of its own in the 10th inning to take the 7-4 victory.
Davis Robeson had the two key hits of the day with three RBIs to lead the Rose-Hulman offense. Robeson put Rose-Hulman ahead 4-3 with a single in the ninth inning, then provided two key insurance runs in the 10th with another RBI single.
Rose-Hulman rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the eighth inning. Robeson drove home the first run with an RBI ground out, before Conner Helbling brought the deficit to 3-2 with an RBI single. Luke Calabrese provided the game-tying hit with an RBI single to center field to force the tie.
Anderson was within strike of falling in regulation, but Nick Jones doubled home Corbin Maddox to tie the score at 4-4 and force extra innings.
Offensively, Conner Shipley joined Calabrese with three hits each. Robeson and Casey had two hits each, and Kluemper scored twice for the Fightin' Engineers.
Luke Buehler had a strong start for the pitching staff, allowing two earned runs and six hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts. Stone Brogan kept the score tied with one inning of relief. Chuck Alexa picked up the win with a scoreless ninth, and Dan Connolly pitched the 10th for his second save.
Joseph Moran and Nick Butcher had two hits each for Anderson. John Becker struck out five in 7.2 innings of work with five strikeouts for the Ravens.
Rose-Hulman improved to 20-21. The double elimination tournament continues through the weekend at Franklin.