Hamline News

Pipers drop two to Falcons


Game 1: Box score
RF   3   14   2
HU   2   6    0

In game one, the Falcons and Pipers exchanged a pair of runs in the first inning to head into the second with a 2-2 tie.

UW-River Falls opened with two runs on four hits in the top of the first, scoring on RBI singles from Patty Olson (So., Roseville, Minn.) and Ashley Goettl (Fy., North Mankato, Minn.).

In the bottom of the inning the Pipers put their first two batters on base as Bethany Hine (Fy., Carver, Minn.) reached on an error and Heidi Larsen (Jr., Andover, Minn.) hit a double. Hine then scored on an RBI ground out by Erin Farley (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.).

The Pipers' second run came on an RBI single from Jackie Brigl (Fy., Roseville, Minn.). The Falcons attempted the play at the plate, but Larsen leaped over the diving tag attempt by the catcher and hit the plate for the run.

River Falls scored what would ultimately be the game-winner in the opener in the top of the second inning as Dana Book (Jr., Brooklyn Center, Minn.) hit a double and scored on a single by Jessica Lundgren (Sr., Cushing, Wis.).

The two teams then played five innings of scoreless ball to finish out the game.

Hine was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Hamline while three Falcons players were 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Jessalyn Weaver (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) took the loss for the Pipers while Rose Tusa (So., Roseville, Minn.) had the win for River Falls. Both threw complete games. Tusa struck out six batters.

Game 2: Box score
RF   9   12   1
HU   0   2    1

The Falcons got all the runs they would need in the opening inning of game two, putting three on the board with two hits and an error. They added two more on three hits in the third, including a solo homer from Goettl.

A four-run fourth gave them the 9-0 lead and the ability to end the game after five innings due to the eight run rule, as they held the Pipers to just two hits in the game.

The hits came from Kelsey Tacheny (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Jackie Brigl (Fy., Roseville, Minn.). River Falls was led by Goettl at the plate, who hit 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Rachel Smith (So., Mahtomedi, Minn.) threw two and one-thirds innings while taking the loss for Hamline. Jamie Klein (So., Elk River, Minn.) threw three innings to earn the win.

There was just one strikeout thrown in the game by either pitching staff, and that came from Weaver as she tossed two-thirds of an inning in relief during the third.

The Pipers drop to 10-10 overall with the non-conference losses while the Falcons improve to 14-8. Hamline returns to MIAC play tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14, at St. Thomas. They bring a 4-2 MIAC record in to the 4:00 p.m. double-header.