ANDERSON, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology opened the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball schedule with a doubleheader split against the defending league champion Anderson University on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman narrowly fell 2-1 in the opener, before rallying to win the nightcap 4-2. The Fightin' Engineers earned a split against an Anderson squad that was picked second in the HCAC preseason coaches poll.
In the opener, Anderson scored once in the first and second innings and held on despite a late Rose-Hulman rally. Trailing 2-1, the Fightin' Engineers loaded the bases in the sixth inning before the Ravens thwarted the scoring opportunity.
Maddie Struble led the Rose-Hulman offense with a solo home run. Jessica Will, Gabbi Markison, Morgan Dreyer and Cydney Ogan also had singles for the Fightin' Engineers. Michelle Korf tossed a complete game five-hitter with three strikeouts in the pitching circle.
In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman scored two unearned runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh to earn a 4-2 victory. With the score tied at 2-2 and the bases loaded in the seventh, Dreyer provided the key play of the game by reaching on a two-run fielding error. The Fightin' Engineers pitched around an Anderson rally in the seventh to secure the win.
Baylee Sparks picked up the complete game victory with two strikeouts for the Engineers. Sparks scattered eight hits and recorded 15 ground outs in a strong performance.
Hadley Decker led the Anderson offense with an RBI single and had three strikeouts in a complete game pitching effort for the Ravens.
Rose-Hulman stands 9-7 on the season and 1-1 in HCAC play, while Anderson dropped to 7-9 and 1-1 in conference games. The Fightin' Engineers return to home action with a doubleheader on Thursday against Franklin College.