Hamline News

Pipers take down Ephs in 10 innings

 WC   4   10   0
HU    5   9    3

Williams took the role of the visitors on the scoreboard in the nine-inning game, quickly scoring a pair of runs in the opening frame on three hits and a Piper error.

The Pipers didn't let the Ephs hold a lead for long, however, responding with a pair of runs on two hits in the bottom of the inning.

Andy Powell (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) led off the game with a single and then advanced to second on a ground-out before scoring on a double by Tony Rogers (Jr., St. Michael, Minn.). Cory Miller (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.), who had been hit by a pitch at the at-bat prior to Rogers' double, then scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Modynski (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.).

The Pipers took the next lead in the game in the third inning. The run mirrored Hamline's first of the game - Powell led off with a single, advanced to second on a ground out, and scored on a Rogers double.  

Williams tied the game in the top of the fourth on two hits and then took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth on a solo homerun.

Andy King (So., Ft. Myers, Fla.) then sent the game into an extra inning with a lead-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth.

Matt Eickman (Fy., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) retired the Ephs in order in the top of the 10th and then Miller scored the game-winner on an RBI single by Modrynski.

Rogers went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI while Modrynski was 1-for-4 with the two RBI.

Eickman earned the win on the mound in relief for the Pipers, throwing six innings and scattering five hits while striking out a batter.

The Pipers are now 6-12 overall and return to Minnesota to open MIAC play at Concordia on Saturday, April 3, at 1:00 p.m.