TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology hosts Defiance College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader today at noon at Art Nehf Field.
The Fightin' Engineers had their 10-game HCAC winning streak snapped in yesterday's 5-2 loss in extra innings to Defiance. Rose-Hulman continues to hold the HCAC lead entering today's games.
The Rose-Hulman offense features five players currently hitting above the .300 mark. Zach Trusk leads the team at .414 with 12 doubles and one home run. David Burnside stands at .410 with 10 doubles and a team-high six home runs, and Brian Thomas ranks third among the team's starting lineup at .356 with eight doubles and five home runs.
On the mound, Rose-Hulman has primarily used four starting pitchers this season. Luke Buehler (2-1, 4.55), Jonathan Banks (2-1, 5.40), Cody Sunderhaus (0-2, 5.10) and Ian Grant (2-3, 4.68) have combined to start 28 of the team's 30 games. Clayton Mayfield (3-2, 2.16, 1 save) has emerged as the closer, with significant relief help from Stone Brogan (2-0, 2.60) and Chuck Alexa (2-4, 6.52).
Defiance stands 11-19 overall and is 8-9 in conference play entering today's games. Zack Reed leads the team in hitting at .341 with six doubles, five triples and one home run. Michael Gilliland (.324, 4 2B), Glen Collier (.301, 7 2B, 4 HR) and Troy Konwinski (.297, 10 2B, 1 3B) also provide offensive support.
Key pitchers have included Paris Creek (2-1, 2.90), Nick Peters (5-2, 4.52), Nick Watkins (1-3, 6.25) and Dave Blanch (0-5, 7.04). Konwinski has emerged as the closer with a 1-1 record, a 2.31 ERA and three saves.
Rose-Hulman leads Defiance 21-10 in HCAC baseball action since joining the league in 2007. The Fightin' Engineers won 2-of-3 in last year's series.
After this weekend's series, Rose-Hulman will hit the road for four games next week. The Fightin' Engineers travel to Anderson on Tuesday and to Manchester for a three-game series next weekend.