Hamline News

March 28, 2009

Pipers open MIAC play with sweep of Knights

The Pipers were the home team in both ends of the afternoon double-header. In the opening game, the Pipers manufactured nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the come-from-behind victory after trailing 6-0.

Carleton put up a pair of runs in the top of the second. Jacob Anderson (So., Ramsey, Minn.) hit a lead-off single, stole second and was brought home by an Alex Wirta (Fy., Corte Madera, Calif.) double for the first run. Wirta then scored from third after a Piper wild pitch prevented a third-out strikeout.

The Knights added three more runs in the third inning on two hits and two Hamline errors. They added one more run on three hits in the fifth to go up 6-0 before the Pipers started their rally.

Hamline’s comeback was sparked by a one-out two-run homerun to left field in the bottom of the fifth by senior shortstop Dan Kaczrowski (St. Anthony, Minn.). Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) on base after hitting a single to center field.

The Pipers had a total of five runs on five hits and one Carleton error in the fifth to cut the Knights’ lead to one run at 6-5.

Hamline held the Knight scoreless in the top of the sixth and then took the lead with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning. The runs included two brought in on a single to right field by designated hitter Alex Buresh (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.).

Carleton scored one more run in the seventh, but couldn’t erase the Piper lead.

Andrew Zeece (Fy., Roseville, Minn.) earned his first collegiate win, coming in from the bullpen and throwing one and two-thirds innings with two strikeouts. Kent Huls (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) earned his second save of the season.

The Piper pitching core didn’t walk a Knights’ batter in the game while Carleton gave up nine bases on balls.

Wirta took the loss in game one for Carleton, throwing two-thirds of an inning and giving up two runs and two walks with one strikeout.

Kaczrowski was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI in the opening game. Lincoln Hughes (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Andy King (Fy., Fort Myers, Fla.) had three RBI.

In game two, each team put up a pair of runs on three hits and one error to send the game into the second tied at 2-2. The Pipers then put four runs on the board in the second and added three more in the third to take the 9-2 advantage.

The four runs in the second came on three hits, including a lead-off single by King. King scored on a sacrifice fly by Kaczrowski. Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) had a two-RBI single in the inning, while Humerickhouse had the fourth RBI of the inning on a single.

The Pipers scored their three runs in the third on two hits. J.D. Modrynski (So., Lakeville, Minn.) hit a one-out single before King hit a triple to bring him home. King then scored on a Carleton wild pitch.

King was 2-for-3 in the second game with two runs scored and an RBI. Humerickhouse was also 2-for-3 with two RBI while Rogers had two RBI.

After the start of conference play, Hamline is 8-9, 2-0 MIAC while the Knights are 6-12, 0-2 MIAC. Hamline will play one more double-header at the Metrodome as they play Maranatha on Monday, March 30, at 7:00 a.m. They will resume MIAC play on Wednesday, April 1, at Bethel at 2:30 p.m.