April 25, 2010

Pipers outlast Cardinals to take MIAC sweep

Game 1: Box score
SMU  2   7     1
HU    5   11   2

A pair of scoreless inning led to the Cardinals opening up a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Daniel Geraghty (So., Park Ridge, Ill.) led off by reaching on a Piper error and ultimately scored on a ground-out that earned Zach Olberding (Sr., Maplewood, Minn.) an RBI. The second run came as Kyle Ryan (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.), who hit at double to get on base, scored on an RBI single by Curt Swanson (So., Woodbury, Minn.).

Hamline responded in the bottom half of the frame, using four hits to score three runs with two outs.

Tres Humerickhouse (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) singled through the left side with one out and advanced to third on an Andy Powell (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) single to right field on the next at-bat. Cory Miller (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) fouled out in the next at-bat to leave runners on the corners and two outs. 

Tony Rogers (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) then hit a single that bounced off second base and scored Humerickhouse. Alex Buresh (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) then stepped to the plate and doubled to right center to drive in Rogers and Powell for a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Andy King (So., Fort Myers, Fla.) led off with a double to left field. Lincoln Hughes (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) then doubled to right field with one out, driving in King. On the next at-bat,  Humerickhouse doubled to the gap in right-center to bring Hughes home, giving Hamline a 5-2 lead that they would hold until the final pitch.

Matt Eickman (Fy., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) threw a complete game to get the win for Hamline, giving up six hits and no earned runs. Andrew Ruf (So., Chippewa Falls, Wis.) threw three and one-thirds innings, giving up nine hits and five runs to take the loss for the Cardinals.

Rogers, Buresh, King, and Humerickhouse all went 2-for-3 at the plate for Hamline. Buresh had two RBI while the other three drove in a run apiece. Ryan went 2-for-4 to lead Saint Mary’s.

Game 2: Box score
SMU   4   11   2
HU     5   14   0

An 11-inning game that lasted nearly three hours ended as Tony Rogers hit a bases-loaded single to drive in the winning run for a 5-4 Piper victory.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the second game, scoring three runs on three hits in the opening half inning of play. With Andrew Warren (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) on third and Olberding on second, Ryan Archambault (Sr., Faribault, Minn.) doubled to left center to drive in the two runners. Archambault then scored on a single to the gap in right-center by Chris Bogie (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.).

The Pipers cut the Cardinal lead to one run in the second inning on a pair of hits and a Saint Mary’s error. Powell led off the Pipers with a single and then advanced to third on a double to right field by King.

Buresh then tallied his third RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Powell. King scored on a single to left field by J.D. Modrynski  (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.), making the score 3-2 in favor of the Cardinals.

The Pipers tied the game in the bottom of the third as King hit the fifth Piper double of the day, scoring Powell, who led off the inning with a walk. King then crossed the plate on a Modrynski single to give Hamline a 4-3 lead after three innings of play.

The Pipers preserved the lead in the bottom of the inning as Vince Lulic (Fy,. Mendota Heights, Minn.) attempted to score from second on a single to left field with two outs. King rifled the throw in from left field right to Hughes at the plate, who applied the tag for the third out.

An RBI-single to center field from Swanson in the top of the fifth did ultimately tie the game, 4-4, for the Cardinals. The score remained knotted at four at the end of regulation, sending the teams into extra innings.

The Pipers loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th, but a foul-out kept the game going. The Cardinals then put runners on the corners with two outs in the 11th, but a fly-out ended their attempt to take a lead.

In the bottom of the 11th frame, Humerickhouse hit a one-out single through the left side to get the Pipers started. Miller then put down a short bunt that landed him on first and moved Humerickhouse to second. Powell loaded the bases with a single to left field as Humerickhouse held at third.

Rogers then made his only hit of the game a memorable one as he ripped a single through the right side to drive in the game-winning run, ending the marathon of Sunday baseball at Midway Stadium.

Cass Kreitlow (Jr., Glenwood, Minn.) entered the game in the fifth inning and finished it off on the mound, throwing six and one-thirds innings to earn the win in relief. He scattered five hits and struck out three batters. Casey Jacobson (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) threw five and one-thirds innings in relief while taking the loss for the Cardinals.

King went 4-for-5 at the plate in the second game, Powell was 3-for-5, and Modrynski was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Archambault led Saint Mary’s by going 2-for-5 with two RBI in the second game.

Hamline now holds a 13-18, 7-5 MIAC record with the conference sweep. The Cardinals are now 11-22, 4-10 MIAC. The Pipers will play a nine-inning non-conference game against Crown College on Monday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m. They will then host MIAC opponent Bethel at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27.