March 22, 2009

New England teams best Pipers

In their first nine-inning game of the day, the Pipers were the visitors against MIT. They jumped on the board quickly, capitalizing on two hits and an error by the Engineers in the first inning.

Lincoln Hughes (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) hit a one-out single to get on base and was singled to third by Tres Humerickhouse (So., Farmington, Minn.). Humerickhouse stole second, and then advanced to third on an error by MIT’s catcher, which also scored Hughes.

The Pipers built up a 3-0 lead in the top of the second on two hits. Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a ground out, and then scored on a single by Hughes. Hughes came home on a double down the left field line by Humerickhouse.

MIT scored a run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-1.

After a scoreless third inning, Hamline scored a trio of runs on three hits and an MIT error in the fourth to go up 6-1. At the plate with two outs, Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) reached on an error by the Engineers’ second baseman. A pair of singles by Hughes and Humerickhouse scored Kaczrowski.

Daniel Zurbey (Fy., New Brighton, Minn.) then pinch hit for the Pipers in the designated hitter spot, hitting a two-RBI single to right field to score Hughes and Humerickhouse.

The Engineers began to eat away at the Pipers’ five-run lead in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring a run in each to cut it to 6-3. They then tallied four runs in the bottom of the seventh on four hits, one Piper error and a wild pitch.

A lead-off single from Cory Miller (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) in the eight was the last hit the Pipers would manage, as they fell to MIT, 7-6.

Andrew Zeece (Fy., Roseville, Minn.) took the loss on the mound for the Pipers, throwing one inning in relief of starter Kent Huls (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) Huls gave up 12 hits and had two strikeouts while walking none. Zeece threw one inning and had one strikeout while giving up two earned runs on two hits.

Hamline scored their six runs on nine hits while MIT had 15 hits. Each team had three errors.

Hughes was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Humerickhouse was 3-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI.
 
In the second nine-inning game of the day, the Pipers fell to Southern Maine, 16-9. In that game, the Pipers had 10 hits and four errors while Southern Maine had 18 hits and three errors.

The third, sixth, seventh and ninth innings contained all of the offense in the game. After a scoreless opening pair of innings, Southern Maine, the visitors on the scoreboard, scored six runs in the top of the third. Hamline countered with three runs on two hits and an error in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half.

Ryan Preese (So., Champlin, Minn.) was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. Powell then singled and Kaczrowski walked to load the bases. A double-play took out Kaczrowski but scored Preese. Humerickhouse then reached on an error and advanced to second as Powell scored. Hughes then hit an RBI single to bring home Humerickhouse for the third Piper run.

After Southern Maine scored four runs in the sixth, the Pipers countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. They did the same in the seventh when Southern Maine scored three in the top half of the inning.

Southern Maine put three runs on the board in the ninth inning to reach a total of 16 runs, and Hamline couldn’t counter, falling by a final score of 16-9.

The Pipers had ten hits en route to scoring their nine runs while Southern Maine had 18. Hamline had four errors and Southern Maine had three.

Starting pitcher Tyler Welch (Jr., Bettendorf, Iowa) took the loss for the Pipers, throwing five and two-thirds innings. He gave up 14 hits and three walks while striking out two.

Hughes and Humerickhouse both went 2-for-5, with Humerickhouse scoring three runs and Hughes scoring one and driving in one. Daniel Zurbey (Fy., New Brighton, Minn.) had two RBI off the bench.

The Pipers drop to 5-6, 0-0 MIAC with the pair of losses.