INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology claimed its second regular season baseball title in four years this spring and sixth overall, earning the right to host the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament. The tournament will be held at Art Nehf Field Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on the campus of Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Fightin' Engineers, coached by Jeff Jenkins, earned the No. 1 seed with a 25-10 record overall and a 14-2 mark in league play. Franklin finished second with a 12-6 record in HCAC action and an overall mark of 25-13. Anderson placed third in the league standings, posting a 20-14 overall record and 10-8 tally in league play. Defiance College (21-14-1, 10-8 HCAC) finished fourth and Transylvania University (16-22, 9-9 HCAC) finished fifth in the conference standings and rounds out the five team field.
No. 4 seed Defiance opens play in the 2019 HCAC Baseball Tournament at 12:30 p.m. against No. 5 Transylvania on Thursday. No. 2 seed Franklin will face No. 3 Anderson in the second game at 3:30 p.m.
Rose-Hulman has won eight of its last 10 games and finished the season in league play batting .313 with 36 doubles and 106 RBI. The Fightin' Engineers also lead the conference in pitching with a team earned run average at 3.96.
Franklin won eight of its last 10 games to finish in second place in the final conference standings. The Grizzlies lead the conference at the plate with a .330 batting average, 149 RBI and 20 home runs, while also posting a 4.42 ERA on the mound during conference play.
Anderson won six of its last 10 games to move into third place in the conference standings this spring. The Ravens hit .293 with 37 doubles and 13 home runs, while tallying 143 strikeouts from the Anderson pitching staff during league play.
Defiance went on a five game win streak in conference action to achieve the No. 4 seed heading into the tournament. The Yellow Jackets tallied a .283 batting average and 32 doubles with 99 RBI. On the mound, Defiance registered 85 strikeouts and a 5.04 earned run average during conference action this spring.
Transylvania received the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament and finished with a .293 batting average and 29 doubles with 97 RBI. The Pioneers boast one of the lowest ERA's in the league this season at 4.44 and totaled 120 strikeouts from the pitching staff during conference play.
Three games will be played Friday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., and the championship game in the double-elimination event is set for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. An automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship will be awarded to the winner of the championship.
Admission to the tournament will be available: $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and non-HCAC students. Children 11 and under and HCAC faculty, staff, and students are admitted free with campus ID. All-session passes for $20 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students will also be available.