March 25, 2010

Engineers down Pipers as they open play in Arizona

HU     4    10   3
MIT   11  14   1

After a quick opening inning, each team recorded a pair of hits in their turn at the plate in the second, but the score remained 0-0. M.I.T. then used a pair of hits and a Hamline error to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

The Engineers then jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the fourth, capitalizing on another Piper error and five hits for six more runs.  They would add three more runs in the sixth on three hits before the Pipers would score.

With the Pipers down 11-0, Alex Buresh (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) his a lead-off single up the middle to start the seventh. J.D. Modrynski (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) then singled to left field and Lincoln Hughes (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

A sacrifice fly by Dan Ellefson (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) scored Buresh and then Modrynski scored on an RBI single through the left side by Tres Humerickhouse (Sr., Farmington, Minn.).

The Pipers added two more runs in the ninth on a hit and an M.I.T. error. With one out, Andy Powell (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) was hit by a pitch and then Tony Rogers (Jr., St. Michael, Minn.) hit a triple down the left field line for the RBI. On the next at-bat, Cory Miller (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) had an RBI ground-out to score Rogers.

Humerickhouse was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI while Rogers, Derek Ritter (Fy., Owatonna, Minn.) and Buresh all had a pair of hits apiece.

Brett Bugielski (So., River Falls, Wis.) went three and two-thirds innings to take the loss on the mound for the Pipers while the Engineers' starter Max Ockner went six and two-thirds for the win.

The Pipers are now 4-9 overall with the non-conference loss. The Engineers are 4-3. Hamline remains in Arizona and will take on Thomas College (Maine) tomorrow, Friday, March 26.

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