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Pipers hold #5 Tommies to three hits but drop double-header


Game 1: Box score
HU     0   5   1
UST   1   2   1

Starter Matt Eickman (Fy., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) threw a complete game, giving up just two hits on the day, but the Tommies used one of those hits to set up the only scoring opportunity they would need in the game.

In the bottom of the second, Matt Olson led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. He then stole third and scored on an RBI ground-out.

In the seventh, Hamline attempted a rally as Tres Humerickhouse (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) hit a one-out single. However, a strike out and a diving catch on a high pop-up behind second base ended the game for Hamline.

The five Pipers hits in the game were spread out amongst five different players.

Game 2: Box score
HU     1   5   2
UST   2   1   1

In the second game, Kreitlow (Jr., Glenwood, Minn.), who had just combined two appearances for 110 innings on Saturday, went the distance on the mound and gave up just one hit in the 10-inning contest.

The Tommies’ lone hit in the game was a lead-off single in the first inning by Matt McQuillan. He then stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

After that single, Kreitlow would go on to retire the next 23 batters until allowing two harmless walks in the eighth.

Dan Ellefson (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) drew a lead-off walk in the fifth inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Humerickhouse. He then scored as Cory Miller (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) reach on a Tommie throwing error, tying the game and ultimately sending it to overtime.

Neither team could manage a hit over the next four and a half innings until Ellefson hit a single in the tenth. However, he was caught stealing and the inning ended with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Tommies capitalized on a one-out error that put Roy Larsen on second base. The next batter also reached on an error, moving Larsen to third. A subsequent sacrifice fly from Tom Wippler plated Larsen for the game-winning run for St. Thomas.

Kreitlow struck out four batters in the nine and two-thirds innings pitched. Once again, five different Pipers put together the five hits.

The Pipers are now 15-23, 8-10 MIAC with the conference losses while the Tommies are 27-6, 13-5  MIAC. Hamline ends the regular season schedule with a double-header at Augsburg on Saturday, May 9, at 1:00 p.m.