Ten Piper runs on ten hits were split evenly between the first two innings of the game as Hamline jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony Minn.) hit a lead-off double to get the game started for Hamline. In the first inning, Lincoln Hughes (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) had an RBI single, Bill Sand (Sr., White Bear Township, Minn.) added a two-RBI triple and Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) had an RBI triple to drive in the five runs.
In the second inning, Kaczrowski led off with a single, and RBI hits came on a single from J.D. Modrynski (So., Lakeville, Minn.), a two-RBI double from Sand, a single by Andy King (Fy., Fort Myers, Fla.) and a double by Cory Miller (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.).
Middlebury scored a run in the bottom of the second and two in the third to cut Hamline’s lead to 10-3. Miller had another RBI in the fourth, putting the Pipers up 11-3.
Middlebury scored two runs in the fifth inning and added five in the sixth to cut Hamline’s lead to just one run at 11-10. A Powell single up the middle in the seventh gave the Pipers another run, putting them up 12-10.
After the seventh inning stretch, Middlebury scored three runs on three hits, including a two-RBI double, to go ahead 13-12.
Hamline took the lead back, and the win, with four runs in the eighth on two hits and a Middlebury error. The Pipers also capitalized on two hit batters, a balk and a wild pitch in scoring those four runs.
Sand was 2-for-3 with four RBI in the game, while Miller went 2-for-4 with three RBI. King had two RBI while going 3-for-5 from the plate. Five additional Pipers added a single RBI.
Brett Bugielski (Fy., River Falls, Wis.) earned the win on the mound, throwing two innings in relief.
With the win, the Pipers even their overall record at 6-6. Middlebury also evened their overall record to 3-3.