TERRE HAUTE, Ind – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers used a pair of late rallies to complete a doubleheader sweep of Manchester on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans slipped to 2-2 in HCAC play.
Tomorrow's home doubleheader with Hanover College has been pushed back and will be played on Tuesday April 9 at Gratz Field beginning at 1 p.m.
Game 1 – Rose-Hulman 9, Manchester 6 - Box Score
Stellar defense and a late home run by the Fightin' Engineers stymied the Manchester Spartans in game one of Saturday's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The Rose-Hulman outfield made several diving grabs that robbed the Spartans' of extra-bases and potential runs. A late three-run homer by RHIT also secured the game one victory for Rose-Hulman.
The Spartans tallied nine hits, six of which came from Joe Henschel (Huntertown, Ind. / Carroll), Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind. / Muncie Central) and Brett Kron (Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills). The trio all collected two hits apiece. Henschel led Manchester with two RBI. Four other Spartans drove in a run.
Game 2 – Rose-Hulman 7, Manchester 3 - Box Score
For two-thirds of game two, neither Manchester nor Rose-Hulman could muster much offense against the respective starting pitcher. RHIT and MU combined for just one run and four hits in five innings. The Fightin' Engineers tallied that lone run on a home run by Sean Casey
The Spartans managed to grab a late lead in the top of the 7th following some timely hitting by Christian Smith (Indianapolis, Ind. / Mt. Vernon) and Braxton Riley (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Wayne). Smith tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Riley gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead with a an RBI single.
Freshman pitcher Austin Kresl (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) cruised through six innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the 7th. The Fightin' Engineers broke through for six runs and seized control of the game.
Manchester fell to 2-2 in league play while the Fightin' Engineers improved to 2-0. Manchester will take the field again on Tuesday April 9 at 1 p.m. against Hanover College.