April 08, 2009

Augsburg uses pair of strong fourth innings to sweep Pipers

In the opener, Augsburg scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first to take an early lead they would never relinquish. The Pipers cut the lead to 2-1 in the second, but the Auggies increased their lead to 5-1 by the end of the third innings.

Augsburg then rattled off eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach. Hamline's second run of the game came in the fifth, while Augsburg's final run came in the sixth for the 14-2 win.

Catcher Lincoln Hughes (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) was 2-for-2 in the first game with one RBI while Cory Miller (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) had the other RBI while going 1-for-2 at the plate. Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) was 2-for-4.

In game two, it appeared that the Pipers were going to turn the tables on the Auggies. They scored two runs on one hit and one Auggie error in the top of the first after Kaczrowski and Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) drew walks in the first two plate appearances of the game.

Kaczrowski scored on an error while Bill Sand (Sr., White Bear Township, Minn.) drove home Rogers.

Augsburg answered with two runs in the bottom of the first on three hits.

The Pipers then put a solo run on the board in the second on an RBI-single to left field by Rogers. Their lead increased to 5-2 in the third when Tres Humerickhouse (So., Farmington, Minn.) drew a lead-off walk and ultimately scored on a passed ball. Sand, who reached on a single, then scored on a wild pitch.

After the two teams got through the next six outs without a run being tallied, Augsburg then had a strong offensive fourth inning for the second straight game for the win. They scored five runs on five hits and one Piper error, and then added one more run on two hits in the fifth.

Sand was 2-for-4 in game two with an RBI.

With the pair of losses, the Pipers drop to 12-13, 4-4 MIAC. Augsburg improved to 13-12, 5-3 MIAC. The Pipers will next play on Wednesday, March 15. They will host Concordia at 2:30 p.m. in their first double-header of the season at Midway Stadium.