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Pair of Pipers hit first collegiate homeruns in split with Cobbers

In game one, Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) set the tone for the Pipers as he opened with a lead-off single to center field. Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) followed that up with a double and Lincoln Hughes (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) then hit a single to center field to drive the two runners home for 2-0 lead.

Andy King (Fy., Fort Myers, Fla.) then hit the second 2-RBI single of the inning to give the Pipers a 4-0 lead. The four runs came on six hits.

The Cobbers scored a run in the second on two hits and then Kyle Johnson (Sr., Cambridge, Minn.) hit a solo homerun over the center field wall in the third, cutting Hamline’s lead to 4-2.

The Pipers added a solo round-tripper to the board themselves when Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) hit his first collegiate homerun in the fourth, giving the Pipers a 5-2 advantage.

Hamline’s final two runs of the game came in the fourth inning on three hits and a Cobber error.

Matt Mullendore (So., Amery, Wis.) earned his second complete-game win in a week as he scattered seven hits and walked just two batters while striking out two.

All nine Piper batters recorded at least one hit in the first game as the team tallied ten hits. Hughes and King each had two RBI, Hughes while going 2-for-3 at the plate and King going 1-for-2.

Kaczrowski began the nightcap the same way he started the opener – with a single. This time it was a bunt down the third base line. He didn’t spend long on the base paths as Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) narrowly cleared the left field wall with his first collegiate homerun for the 2-0 lead on the next at-bat.

Powell added an RBI-double to his day’s tally in the second inning, increasing the Pipers’ lead to 3-0.

Nick Lewis (Jr., Fergus Fall, Minn.) made it a one-run game for the Cobbers in the top of the fourth on a one-out two-run homerun that cleared the wall in dead center. The Pipers got out of the inning with their lead intact on a foul out to Hughes to the left of the plate and a ground out to Kaczrowski at shortstop.

The Cobbers took control of the scoreboard in the fifth as the inning began with a series of wild events. Dan Wackler (So., Buffalo, Minn.) led off the inning with a base hit that bounced straight up into the air off of the bag at third base, preventing Tres Humerickhouse (So., Farmington, Minn.) from getting the ball in time to throw to first. Adam Johnson (Jr., Pelican Rapids, Minn.) then reached on an error and Kyle Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with Cobbers and just one out on the scoreboard.

Concordia starting pitcher Scott Schumacher (Sr., Thompson, N.D.) then stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam over the left field wall for a 6-3 Cobber lead. Tony Emmerich (So., Moorhead, Minn.) drove in the next two runs on a homer over the same wall to up the Cobber lead to 8-3.

The Cobbers proceeded to score seven more runs to head into the bottom of the fifth with a 15-3 lead, taking advantage of four Piper errors and ten hits over the three outs.

A lead-off solo homerun in the sixth for Concordia and the Cobbers added another pair of runs in the seventh for the 18-3 victory. 

Hamline’s record is now 13-14, 5-5 MIAC and the Cobbers are 9-6, 3-3 MIAC with the split. The Pipers now head to St. Peter on Saturday, April 18, to take on Gustavus at 1:00 p.m.