TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored five runs in the eighth inning to win game one, then relied on a strong performance in the nightcap to earn a 6-5 and 9-3 doubleheader sweep over Transylvania University at Art Nehf Field on Saturday.
The single game on Sunday as the series finale has been moved up to 11 a.m. due to potential afternoon rain.
In the opener, senior Hazen Hamather snapped a 5-5 tie with an RBI single to put the Fightin' Engineers ahead in a 6-5 win. Hamather's RBI single capped a five-run eighth inning rally, as the Fightin' Engineers turned a 5-1 deficit into the 6-5 victory.
Senior Patrick Klima had two singles and scored twice, and junior Zach Trusk contributed two singles and two RBIs to lead the game one performance. Other Rose-Hulman players with multiple hits included Caleb Kissel with two singles, Hamather with two singles and an RBI, and Josh Koutnik with two singles.
The offense helped Rose-Hulman rally with a performance that included a strong bullpen effort. Gunnar Hutchison tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, Chuck Alexa picked up the win with a scoreless eighth, and Cody Sunderhaus earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
In the nightcap, senior Karson Nixon struck out 10 batters in eight innings of work and the Fightin' Engineers relied on two four-run innings to capture a 9-3 win.
Nixon allowed just five singles and one earned run in his eight innings to improve to 4-1 on the season. Rose-Hulman scored four times in the first inning and added four more runs in the third to provide the offense.
Klima and Waters led the Rose-Hulman with three hits each for a 16-hit attack. Klima scored once, while Waters had a double and scored twice. Freshman David Burnside added a single, a double, scored three times and had two RBIs.
Alayon pitched in with two singles, one run and one RBI, and Kissel contributed two single to the effort. Koby Close also had multiple hits with two singles, one RBI and one run scored for the Fightin' Engineers.
Rose-Hulman improved to 16-5 overall and 8-1 in HCAC play, while Transylvania stands 10-13 and 6-5 in league games. The series includes a third game on Sunday at a new start time of 11 a.m.