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Baseball Finishes HCAC Play at 14-2, Hosts HCAC Tourney Starting Thursday

Baseball Finishes HCAC Play at 14-2, Hosts HCAC Tourney Starting Thursday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology completed its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball regular season championship with a doubleheader split on Sunday afternoon at Art Nehf Field.

With the split, Rose-Hulman completed the HCAC regular season at 14-2 and enters this week's conference tournament with an overall record of 25-10.  The five-team, double elimination tournament begins Thursday May 9 at Art Nehf Field, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

In Sunday's opener, Anderson scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to capture an 8-7 victory.  Luke Calabrese led the game one offense with two hits and three RBIs.  Zach Witonsky put Rose-Hulman ahead 7-6 in the top of the ninth with a two-run, pinch hit double before the Ravens rallied for the win.  

David Burnside added two hits, Ryan Stachowski had a double and scored twice, and Conner Helbling also scored two runs in game one.  Matthew Rouse had a scoreless inning out of the bullpen and Stone Brogan pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to lead the Fightin' Engineer pitching staff.  Thomas Parker led Anderson with three hits and three RBIs.

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman scored runs in seven different innings to pick up a 13-6 win.  Luke Kluemper had a double, two singles and scored three runs to lead Rose-Hulman.  Logan Cody added a triple, two singles, two RBIs and one run scored.  Burnside finished 2-2 with two runs scored, and the duo of Sean Casey and Tyler Wineger scored two runs each for the Fightin' Engineers.

Rose-Hulman used seven pitchers in the contest, with Trevor DallioJacob PetriskoJacob Woodrome and Quintin Bynum having scoreless outings.

Rose-Hulman will face the winner of Thursday's opening round tournament game between Defiance and Transylvania on Thursday night no earlier than 6:30 p.m. in the third game of the day.  The tournament begins Thursday and continues through either Saturday or Sunday depending on the results.  The full three-day tournament schedule will be released on Monday.