GREENWOOD, IN - Rose-Hulman moved back atop the HCAC standings following a 4-0 record in league play last week. The Engineers (16-8, 11-3 HCAC) defeated Anderson on Tuesday and completed a three-game sweep of Mount St. Joseph (11-14-1, 6-8 HCAC) over the weekend.
Rose-Hulman's Hank Akard (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) led the Engineers' offense during the week. The senior center fielder finished 13-of-24 (.542) at the plate with seven runs scored, four doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, and four stolen bases to set the RHIT career stolen bases record (43).
Rose beat Anderson in a single contest and swept a three-game series with Mount St. Joseph to move back atop the league standings with Manchester. Rose now sits 10-0 at home in league play this spring.
Rose-Hulman will travel to Franklin and host Earlham this week.
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Manchester (17-10, 11-3 HCAC) went 3-1 on the week and now sits alongside Rose-Hulman in the standings. The Spartans beat Defiance 19-9 and took two out of three at Franklin (16-12, 7-7 HCAC) over the weekend. Junior shortstop Trevor Kimm (Anderson, Ind./H.S.) led MU with 10 hits and eight RBI during the week. Kimm posted five hits against Defiance, which was the most hits in a game for Manchester since 2011.
Anderson (16-9, 9-5 HCAC) finished 2-2 in conference play during the week. The Ravens fell to Rose-Hulman on Tuesday and pulled out a series win over Defiance (8-19, 2-12 HCAC). AU beat Defiance 10-5 on Friday night and earned a 10-9 triumph in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday.
Earlham (14-13, 6-8 HCAC) claimed a 3-1 record in conference action during the week. The Quakers fell at Bluffton Tuesday, but bounced back to earn a three-game sweep at Hanover (8-16, 4-10 HCAC) Saturday and Sunday. Nate Hube (Lebanon, Ohio/H.S.) tossed a complete game win at Hanover Saturday. The junior tossed nine innings in an 8-1 road win over the Panthers, finishing with six hits allowed, zero earned runs, and seven strikeouts. Hube finished the week 1-0 in two appearances with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings of work.
Bluffton (13-13, 6-8 HCAC) climbed back in the race for a HCAC tournament berth with a 3-1 mark last week. The Beavers beat Earlham 6-4 and took two of three from Transylvania (14-14, 8-6 HCAC) over the weekend. Senior Tim Webb (Delaware, Ohio/Worthington Christian) went 9-of-18 (.500) at the plate with five runs scored, four doubles, a home run, and eight RBI to lead the Beavers.
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