Rose-Hulman Baseball Wins HCAC Tournament Opener in Extra Innings

Rose-Hulman Baseball Wins HCAC Tournament Opener in Extra Innings
 
2018 HCAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT - AT FRANKLIN COLLEGE
Thursday May 10
Game 1 - Manchester 8, Bluffton 5
Game 2 - Rose-Hulman 7, Anderson 4 (10 innings)
Game 3 - Franklin 9, Manchester 6
Friday May 11
Game 4 - Bluffton vs. Anderson, 9:30 a.m.
Game 5 - Rose-Hulman vs. Franklin, 12:30 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Manchester, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday May 12
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 5, 9:30 a.m.
Game 8 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday May 13
Game 9 - Rematch of Game 8 (if needed), 12:30 p.m.

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won its seventh consecutive game and advanced to the winner's bracket in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament with a come-from-behind 7-4 victory against Anderson University on Thursday at Franklin College.

Rose-Hulman returns to action on Friday at 12:30 p.m., facing the top-seeded Franklin College in a winner's bracket game.  The Fightin' Engineers will wait until Saturday to return to the diamond after the Franklin game, regardless of the result.

Rose-Hulman trailed 3-0 entering the eighth inning, before scoring three runs to tie the score.  The Fightin' Engineers took a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning and were within one strike of the win, before a double by Anderson tied the score at 4-4 and forced extra innings.  Rose-Hulman responded with three runs of its own in the 10th inning to take the 7-4 victory. 

Davis Robeson had the two key hits of the day with three RBIs to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.  Robeson put Rose-Hulman ahead 4-3 with a single in the ninth inning, then provided two key insurance runs in the 10th with another RBI single.

Rose-Hulman rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the eighth inning.  Robeson drove home the first run with an RBI ground out, before Conner Helbling brought the deficit to 3-2 with an RBI single.  Luke Calabrese provided the game-tying hit with an RBI single to center field to force the tie.

Anderson was within strike of falling in regulation, but Nick Jones doubled home Corbin Maddox to tie the score at 4-4 and force extra innings.

In the 10th, Sean Casey provided the game winning RBI single to score Marcus Wechselberger.  Robeson added the next two-run hit to score Logan Cody and Luke Kluemper.

Offensively, Conner Shipley joined Calabrese with three hits each.  Robeson and Casey had two hits each, and Kluemper scored twice for the Fightin' Engineers.

Luke Buehler had a strong start for the pitching staff, allowing two earned runs and six hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts.  Stone Brogan kept the score tied with one inning of relief.  Chuck Alexa picked up the win with a scoreless ninth, and Dan Connolly pitched the 10th for his second save.

Joseph Moran and Nick Butcher had two hits each for Anderson.  John Becker struck out five in 7.2 innings of work with five strikeouts for the Ravens.

Rose-Hulman improved to 20-21.  The double elimination tournament continues through the weekend at Franklin.