TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology split a pair of games on Friday at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Art Nehf Field.
In the opener, the Fightin' Engineers picked up a 6-4 victory over Defiance College. In the nightcap, Franklin relied on a complete game pitching performance to defeat Rose-Hulman 7-2.
On Friday afternoon, Logan Cody provided the big blast of the day with a three-run home run in the fifth inning to key the Rose-Hulman offensive attack in the Defiance win. Cody's blast gave the Engineers a 5-1 advantage. Ryan Stachowski added a two-run double in the first inning to give Rose-Hulman a lead the Fightin' Engineers would not relinquish.
Clayton Mayfield picked up the win with six strong innings, allowing three runs with four strikeouts, to move to 5-1 on the season. Stone Brogan allowed no runs in one inning, and Matthew Rouse picked up his first save with two innings to close the game.
Cody led the Rose-Hulman offense with three RBIs along with two hits and two runs scored. Stachowski had three hits and two RBIs, and Conner Shipley also had a multiple-hit game with two singles, one run and one RBI.
In game two, Aaron Leming tossed a complete game seven-hitter with seven strikeouts to lead Franklin to a 7-2 victory. Sam Claycamp had two RBIs and Jarrod Smith recorded two hits and scored two runs to lead the Franklin offense.
Rose-Hulman scored two runs in the fifth inning but was otherwise shutdown. Shipley and Harris Camp had a single and an RBI for the Engineer offense. Sean Casey and Luke Kluemper scored runs for the Engineers.
Luke Buehler recorded seven strikeouts in a six-inning outing for the Rose-Hulman pitching staff.
Rose-Hulman stands 26-11 on the season. The Fightin' Engineers return to action at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday against Defiance. The winner of the 12:30 p.m. will need to defeat Franklin on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to earn the HCAC championship, while the Grizzlies are one win away from the title.
Thursday, May 9
Game 1: Defiance 16, Transylvania 8
Game 2: Franklin 6, Anderson 4
Friday, May 10
Game 3: Rose-Hulman 6, Defiance 4
Game 4: Anderson 13, Transylvania 4
Game 5: Franklin 7, Rose-Hulman 2
Game 6: Defiance 4, Anderson 3 (10 innings)
Saturday, May 11
Game 7: Rose-Hulman vs. Defiance, 12:30 pm
Game 8: Franklin vs. Winner Game 7, 3:30 pm
Sunday, May 12
Game 9: Rematch of Game 8, 12:30 pm