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Buresh blasts homer for game one win in split with Oles

Game 1: Box score
STO    4   12   2
HU      6   10   1

Sean Dube (Jr., Hastings, Minn.) opened up the game for the Oles with a one-out double to the left field in the first inning. The next batter, Carson Jones (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) doubled to right center, driving in Dube for the 1-0 St. Olaf lead in the top of the first.

The Pipers promptly tied the game in the bottom of the inning as the third double of the game came from the lead-off hitter, Andy Powell (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) Powell then advanced to third on a ground out before Tony Rogers (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) drove the ball through the right side for an RBI single that tied the game.

After a scoreless second and top of the third, Hamline plated a run on three singles and an Ole error to take a 2-1 lead. Tres Humerickhouse (Jr,. Farmington, Minn.) led off by reaching on a throwing error by the St. Olaf pitcher and then advancing to second as the Oles recovered the ball. Powell singled to advance Humerickhouse to third and then he scored on a single by Cory Miller (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.).

The Hamline lead didn’t last long, as a lead-off triple from Erik Nelson (So., Edina, Minn.) resulted in a run when the second batter, Sam Baltes (Sr., Bloomington, Minn.), earned an RBI on a ground out to tie the game.

The Oles took a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning as David Salzwedel (Fy., Appleton, Wis.) singled in a pair of runs.

Seventh-inning heroics in the form of a long home run over both tiers of the right field wall helped the Pipers overcome the two-run deficit – and then some – for the win.

Powell hit a one-out single to get the inning started for Hamline. Miller then singled to center field before Rogers doubled down the left field line to plate Powell.

With Miller and Rogers remaining on base, Alex Buresh (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) came to the plate and launched his first home run of the season over the fence for the win.

Powell was 4-for-4 at the plate in the opener with two runs scored while Rogers was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Miller was 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and a run scored.

St. Olaf was led at the plate by Dube, who went 3-for-3 with a run scored, and Salzewedel was 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Cass Kreitlow (Jr., Glenwood, Minn.) threw three and two-thirds innings and struck out five batters in relief to pick up the win on the mound. Ben Hughes (So., St. Louis Park, Minn.) threw a complete game for St. Olaf in taking the loss.


Game 2: Box score
STO    8   13   2
HU      3   9     1

Four runs in the fifth, three in the sixth, and a final run from the Oles in the seventh were too much for the Pipers as they managed just three runs in the second game.

Erik Nelson (So., Edina, Minn.) had three RBI for the Oles, including two on a single up the middle in the fifth. Dube also had two RBI for the Oles in the game. Both Nelson and Dube went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Hamline scored a run in the sixth on an RBI single from King and then Buresh added two more RBI to his day’s tally with a double in the seventh. However, that was all the scoring the Pipers could achieve in their rally attempt in the second game.

Buresh was 3-for-4 at the plate in the second game with the two RBI and a run scored.

Starter Matt Eickman (Fy., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) threw five and one-thirds innings in taking the loss for the Pipers. Erik Olson (Jr., Minnetonka, Minn.) threw a complete game to earn the win for St. Olaf.

The Pipers are now 11-18, 5-5 MIAC with the conference split while the Oles are 14-12, 5-3 MIAC. Hamline has a week off and then hosts Saint Mary’s on Saturday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m.