March 29, 2010

Rogers' six RBI not enough as Pipers fall to Yeomen

Game 1: Box score
OB   7   11  4
HU   5    7   3

The Oberlin Yeomen took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of play, but the Pipers built up a 4-1 advantage with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and another two in the fifth.

In the third, Hamline scored their runs on a pair of hits and an Oberlin error. Dan Ellefson (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) led off the inning with a single to to right field before Lincoln Hughes (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)  reached on an error. The duo advanced into scoring position on a ground-out and then both scored on a single up the middle by Tony Rogers (Jr., Elk River, Minn.). 

The Pipers used a trio of hits in the fifth to go up 4-1. Hughes was the first Piper on base as he singled to left center with one out and Andy Powell (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) followed with a single to right field. Hughes then scored on a Rogers single to left field while Powell scored as Cory Miller (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) reached on a fielder's choice.

Oberlin tied the game in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs on four hits (three singles and a double), but the Pipers regained a one-run lead in the bottom of the inning.

Hamline took advantage of two Oberlin errors after J.D. Modrynski (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) was hit by a pitch to go up 5-4. 

The Yeomen then tied the game in the seventh, and as the game went into extra innings, scored a pair of runs on two hits and an error in the eighth. The Pipers were unable to score in the bottom half of the inning and the Yeomen took the 7-5 win.

Rogers was 2-for-4 in the game with three RBI to lead Hamline. Evan Knutson (Fy., Faribault, Minn.) threw two and two-thirds innings to take the loss in relief, giving up five hits and striking out two batters. 

Game 2: Box score
HU   5   8    3
OB   6   12  2

Oberlin once again took a 1-0 lead early in the game this time scoring on four hits and a Piper error in the bottom of the second inning. The Pipers then used three extra-base hits and a Yeomen error in the fifth to jump out to a 3-1 lead.

Hughes led off the inning with a double down the left field line, but was thrown out at third on a steal attempt. Jacob Dahl (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) was then hit by pitch and used an error to advance to second as Powell reached on a fielder's choice. Rogers then drove in both runners with a triple to right center. He scored when Miller hit a triple to right center for the third run of the inning.

The Yeoman tied up the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on three hits and an error, but the Pipers went up 5-3 in the top of the seventh. Rogers had his sixth RBI of the day on a double down the left field line and Miller added his second RBI of the game on a single to left field.

The two-run cushion didn't hold, however, as Oberlin used four hits and a Piper wild pitch to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh for the win.

Rogers was 2-for-3 in game two with three RBI, finishing the day going 4-for-7 at the plate with six RBI. Miller was 2-for-4 in game two with with the pair of RBI.

Cass Kreitlow (Jr., Glenwood, Minn.) threw all six and one-thirds on the mound in taking the loss for Hamline.

The Pipers are now 5-12 overall and play one more game in Arizona on Wednesday, March 31, taking on Williams.