Rose-Hulman 9, Bluffton 8
April 15, 2017
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - For the Bluffton University baseball team it sounded like a cover of Led Zeppelin's 'The Song Remains the Same.' Three games at Rose-Hulman over the weekend and it all added up to three one-run victories for the Fightin' Engineers. Bluffton fell to 11-14 overall and 4-11 in the Heartland Conference, while Rose-Hulman improved to 13-15 and 11-4 in the HCAC.
Trailing 3-0 after three frames, the Beavers uncorked with four tallies in the top of the fourth. Luke Hickey (Toledo/Whitmer) launched a leadoff home run to ignite the rally. Austin Prosser (Galion) walked and came around to score following a Colin Gregory (Fremont/Clyde) two-bagger. Ryan Golden (Findlay) made it 4-3 with a two-run shot to cap the scoring.
Clayton Siders (Delaware/Worthington Christian) ripped an RBI single in the fifth, but Rose scored six runs over the next four innings for a 9-6 lead heading to the ninth. Blake Fox (Berne Ind./South Adams) and Gregory drove in runs with two outs in the ninth before the Engineers closed it out for the 9-8 victory and series sweep.
Gregory and Golden drove in two runs apiece for the Beavers. Prosser and Gregory both scored two times in the loss.
Starter Brantley Curnutte (Hilliard/Davidson) allowed five runs on 11 hits over five innings but did not factor in the decision. He struck out four and walked just one. Senior Kevin Every (Zanesville/West Muskingum) took the loss after giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits in three innings of relief.
Bluffton jumps right back into action at Ohio Northern on Monday, April 17. The first game of a doubleheader is slated for 2 p.m. in Ada, Ohio.