The Pipers and Dutch were only able to complete one game before reaching their time limit at the Metrodome in the 4:00 a.m. double-header. With the win, Hamline remains undefeated in 2009.
In the first game, the Pipers were the visitors on the scoreboard. Alex Buresh (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) scored the first run for Hamline in the second inning after hitting a lead-off single.
J.D. Modrynski (So., Lakeville, Minn.) and Andy King (Fy., Ft. Myers, Fla.) then hit consecutive one-out singles to advance Buresh, with King producing the RBI single.
Central countered with a run in the third to tie the game before Hamline’s four-run fourth inning.
The scoring in the fourth began when King hit a one-out single and advanced around the bases on a pair of Central errors. The rest of the inning played out much the same, as just two Piper hits combined with three Dutch errors and a hit batter, resulting in the four runs.
Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.), Ryan Preese (So., Champlin, Minn.) and Kaczrowski scored the other three runs.
The Pipers scored two more runs to go up 7-1 as King and Tom Shu (Fy., Eagan, Minn.) scored.
Central scored one run in the sixth and two in the seventh inning, but couldn’t overcome their six-run deficit.
Starting Piper pitcher Brett Bugielski (Fy., River Falls, Wis.) upped his record on the mound to 2-0 as he threw five innings. Bugielski gave up two runs on two hits and two strikeouts.
Buresh was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk at the plate in the opening game, scoring a run and driving in another. King was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
In the second game of the double-header, Hamline was the home team, and the Pipers’ bats were even hotter in the bottom half of the inning. They were leading 10-2 before time expired with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
In the second game, Tony Rogers was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. Tres Humerickhouse (So., Farmington, Minn.) and Buresh were both 3-for-4 while King was 2-for-3 at the plate at the time the game ended. Humerickhouse had accumulated three RBI.
A decision regarding the completion of game two at a later date will be made between the two schools, and will be announced on the Hamline athletics site.
With the single win, the Pipers move to 4-0, 0-0 MIAC. They will play again at the Metrodome on Wednesday, March 4, against UW-Superior at 11:15 a.m. It will be the Pipers’ last game in Minnesota before heading to Arizona over spring break for nine games in the Great Phoenix Invitational.