WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology had a dramatic two-out ninth inning rally to force extra innings before falling 16-10 to Rhode Island College in 10 innings to complete the team's annual Florida trip on Saturday morning.
Rhode Island College led 10-8 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, before a fielding error kept the game alive. Senior Kody Alayon had an RBI single to make the score 10-9, and senior Patrick Klima smashed a double to tie the score at 10-10.
The Anchormen bounced back with six runs in the 10th inning to secure the victory and have Rose-Hulman complete its annual Florida spring trip at 4-3.
Junior Zach Trusk led the Rose-Hulman offense with four hits, including a double, and two RBIs. The 16-hit attack also included two-hit performances by Klima, Caleb Kissel, Donnie Waters and Drew Schnitz. Kissel nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth, as his lineout to second put the game into extra innings.
Brad Douglas led the Rhode Island College offense with four hits and six RBIs. Edward Apice added three hits and five RBIs.
Rose-Hulman stands 4-3 and returns to action with two games at home next weekend. The Fightin' Engineers host Carthage on Saturday at 11 a.m. and North Central on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the first weekend of home action starting March 12.