TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team scored five runs in the first inning and three in the third to take early control and defeat Manchester University 14-2 in the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
The Fightin' Engineers pounded out 14 hits and senior Alec McNally struck out 10 over eight innings on the mound as Rose-Hulman advanced to Friday's winner's bracket game against Earlham College.
Junior Zach Trusk led the offensive effort with three singles and three runs scored. Senior Donnie Waters added two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs. Freshman David Burnside, senior Zach Hull and senior Hazen Hamather pitched in with two hits and two RBIs each for the balanced attack.
McNally allowed just six hits and one walk in a 10-strikeout performance that vaulted the right-hander to 6-0 on the season. Senior Daniel Sutherland recorded the final three outs to secure the win.
Rose-Hulman jumped out with five unearned runs in the first inning and three unearned runs in the third as the Fightin' Engineers took advantage of two early Spartan errors. Sean Knepper and Hunter Lane had two hits each.
Rose-Hulman (27-11) will face Earlham (28-12) at noon in the winner's bracket game on Friday, while Manchester (22-18) will battle Transylvania (21-18) in a 3:30 p.m. elimination game. The tournament continues through Saturday.
2016 HCAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Thursday, May 12
Game 1, Earlham 12, Transylvania 6
Game 2, Rose-Hulman 14, Manchester 2
Friday, May 13
Game 3: Rose-Hulman vs. Earlham, Noon
Game 4: Manchester vs. Transylvania, 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 14
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, Noon
Game 7: Repeat of Game 6 (if needed), 3:30 p.m.