March 27, 2010

Warriors use flurry of runs to defeat Pipers

Box scoreHU    5    4   5
ECS  19  21  2

The Pipers played the role of the visitors on the scoreboard and tallied the first run of the game in the opening inning. Tony Rogers (Jr., St. Michael, Minn.) hit a lead-off double and then scored before the second batter had a chance to hit, as he advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a balk.

The Warriors then took an early 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the frame, scoring three runs on four hits and two Piper errors.

After a scoreless second inning, Hamline tied the game, 3-3, with a pair of runs on a hit and two Eastern Connecticut errors. Rogers hit a two-out single and then advanced to second on an error. He progressed to third as Cory Miller (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) walked and Derek Ritter (Fy., Owatonna, Minn.) was hit by a pitch.

Rogers and Miller then scored as J.D. Modrynski (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) reached first on a fielder's choice as the Warriors committed another error in the field.

The Pipers went up 5-3 in the fourth, plating two runners on two hits. Miller had a two-RBI double for the two runs.

After that, Eastern Connecticut scored 16 unanswered runs in the final innings (including a seven-run seventh) for the 19-5 win.

Rogers was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Hamline while Miller was 1-for-4 with the two RBI.

The loss drops the Pipers to 5-10 overall. They have Sunday off and will then play a double-header against Oberlin on Monday, March 29.