Eric Abegglen • staff writer
The Rose-Hulman baseball team entered the weekend with a 9 - 14 overall record and were 6 - 4 in the HCAC. The Engineers finished their weekend stretch 2 - 1 against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play to overtake Anderson University for the second spot in the conference standings.Rose-Hulman split Sunday’s baseball doubleheader with Transylvania University to capture a series victory at Art Nehf Field. After capturing a 6 - 1 victory on Saturday night, the Fightin’ Engineers fell short in game one to Transylvania 3 - 1. However, Rose-Hulman won the nightcap 5 - 0 behind a strong pitching effort from freshman Andrew Stull. In game one of Sunday’s doubleheader, Rose-Hulman senior Donald Stopka highlighted the opening game by setting a career record for putouts. With 11 putouts, Stopka raised his career total to 822. Seven Fightin’ Engineers had one hit during the first game. Leading the way were senior Bobby Newman with a triple and junior Hank Akard with a double. Freshman Donnie Waters, freshman Warren Whithaus, and junior Andrew Benitez batted .400 or above last week. Waters hit .444 with four hits in nine at bats; Whithaus went 5-12 with two doubles and had a team-high .583 slugging average. Benitez was 6-15 with two runs scored and two RBIs. In the nightcap, Stull allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings. He walked just two with one strikeout in the performance. Sophomore Ben Menich added a scoreless eighth inning and Akard preserved the shutout with a scoreless ninth. It was freshman Karson Nixon, however, who captured league Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors. Nixon tossed a complete-game three hitter in Saturday night’s 6 - 1 victory over Transylvania. The freshman right-hander only allowed for two doubles, just three hits, one unearned run and struck out two batters in the victory. His efforts have helped Rose-Hulman win four of its last five games.The game between Rose-Hulman and Franklin College that was scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 at victory Field in Indianapolis has been postponed to a later date. Inclement weather also cancelled the team’s Thursday matchup versus Wabash College. The Engineers will host No. 9 ranked Manchester University in a three-game HCAC series this weekend. The series will kick-off with a doubleheader starting at 1 pm on Saturday. A single game will be played between the two teams starting at Noon.