Rose-Hulman Claims Fourth HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

Rose-Hulman Claims Fourth HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

TERRE HAUTE, IN – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology upended Earlham College to capture the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball championship. The Engineers capped a perfect three-game run through the tournament by defeating Earlham, 7-6, at Art Nehf Field.

With the victory, Rose-Hulman earned the HCAC automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2014. The Engineers improved to 29-11 overall this season.

In Saturday’s championship victory over the Quakers the Rose-Hulman offense compiled 11 hits and seven runs against the Earlham pitching staff. 

Senior second baseman Caleb Kissel (Plainfield, Ill./North) finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI.  Senior Donnie Waters (Franklin, Ind./H.S.) finished 3-for-5 with two RBI in the win.

Rose-Hulman scored three runs in the seventh to stretch the lead to 6-3, but Earlham erased the deficit with three runs in the top of the ninth.  Rose-Hulman got the game-winning hit from Waters with two outs in the inning, scoring Kissel from second base.

Rose-Hulman advanced to Saturday’s championship round by virtue of the winner’s bracket.  The Engineers, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, topped Manchester 14-2 on Thursday and secured their spot in the championship game by defeating Earlham, 4-2 on Friday. 

The Engineers are just the fourth top seed to capture the HCAC baseball tournament title, joining Anderson (2015) and Manchester (2004, 2013) as the only other teams to accomplish the feat. 

The NCAA tournament draw will be released on May 15.

 

2016 Baseball All-Tournament Team

Zach Trusk, Rose-Hulman (MOP)

Donnie Waters, Rose-Hulman

Alec McNally, Rose-Hulman

Caleb Kissel, Rose-Hulman

David Burnside, Rose-Hulman

Bryce Rainey, Earlham

Nate Lynch, Earlham

Matt Barger, Earlham

Trey Simpson, Transylvania

Blake Hart, Transylvania

Tournament Results

Thu., May 12
Earlham 12
Transylvania 6
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Terre Haute, IN
Earlham
12
Transylvania
6
Final R H E
Earlham (28-12) 12 16 2
Transylvania (21-18) 6 11 3
Manchester 2
Rose-Hulman 14
Final
HCAC Tournament
Manchester
2
Rose-Hulman
14
Final R H E
Manchester (22-18) 2 7 4
Rose-Hulman (27-11) 14 14 0
Fri., May 13
Earlham 2
Rose-Hulman 4
Final
HCAC Tournament
Earlham
2
Rose-Hulman
4
Final R H E
Earlham (28-13) 2 9 0
Rose-Hulman (28-11) 4 11 1
Manchester 3
Transylvania 7
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Terre Haute, IN
Manchester
3
Transylvania
7
Final R H E
Manchester (22-19) 3 11 3
Transylvania (22-18) 7 13 0
Earlham 12
Transylvania 2
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Terre Haute, IN
Earlham
12
Transylvania
2
Final R H E
Earlham (29-13) 12 13 2
Transylvania (22-19) 2 8 1
Sat., May 14
Earlham 6
Rose-Hulman 7
Final
HCAC Tournament Championship
Earlham
6
Rose-Hulman
7
Final R H E
Earlham (29-14) 6 7 5
Rose-Hulman (29-11) 7 11 5