March 02, 2010

#22 Saints take two from Pipers to open season

In both games of the double-header, the Saints put a trio of runs on the board in the first inning. They went on to win the opening game by a score of 6-2 and the second game, which began right at midnight, 10-2.

The opening game of the double-header saw the Saint score three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead. The Saints, filling the role of the home team on the scoreboard in game one, knocked in their first three runs on four hits. In the second inning, they tallied their runs on a hit, a walk, and two errors.

After that, the Piper pitching staff went on to hold the St. Scholastica hitting to just one harmless hit in the sixth through the rest of the game.

Hamline’s pair of runs came in the top of the sixth. Alex Buresh (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) hit a lead-off single, Tres Humerickhouse (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) drew a walk, and J.D. Modrynski (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) added the second single of the inning to load the bases.

First-year Dan Ellefson (Burnsville, Minn.) then drew the second walk of the inning to earn the RBI on Buresh’s run. His classmate Jacob Dahl (Burnsville, Minn.) was hit by a pitch and received credit for the RBI as Humerickhouse crossed the plate for the second Piper run.

In game two, the Saints put three runs on the board in the first inning a pair of hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. They added four more in the third inning on seven hits, all singles.

Hamline’s pair of runs came in the fourth, leading off in the same fashion as they did in game one - Buresh singled to lead off and Humerickhouse drew a walk. This time Modrynski’s singled through the right side, driving in Buresh. Ellefson then singled up the middle to bring in Humerickhouse.

Modrynski went 3-for-5 at the plate, including going 2-for-2 in the second game, while Buresh went 3-for-6 in the two games to lead the Pipers at the plate. St. Scholastica was led by Tom Juberian (So., Park Rapids, Minn.), who went 5-for-7 at the plate and scored three runs in the second game. Sean Claugherty (Sr., Oakdale, Minn.) had four RBI in the two games, including three in game two as he went 3-for-4 at the plate in that contest.

The Pipers open the season at 0-2 overall with the non-conference losses. St. Scholastica starts out at 2-0. Hamline will continue non-conference play at the Metrodome on Sunday, March 7, with a 10:45 p.m. double-header against Dakota Wesleyan.

Game 1 Box score: 6-2

Game 2 Box score: 10-2