In the first game of the double-header, Hamline played the role of the visitors on the scoreboard, but made themselves at home in the Metrodome in the first inning.
Senior shortstop Dan Kaczrowski (St. Anthony, Minn.) hit a lead-off single on the first pitch of the night and scored the first run. Cory Miller (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) singled in his debut at-bat as a Piper and scored the second run of the game for the Pipers. Bill Sand (Sr., White Bear Township, Minn.) also scored in the opening inning to put Hamline up 3-0 after three outs.
The Pipers went up 5-0 after the top half of the second inning when another rookie Piper, Andy King (Fy., Fort Myers, Fla.) drew a walk in his first at-bat and was singled home by Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.). Powell later scored on a Miller groundout.
North Central tallied a run in the bottom of the second inning when Jon Tolbert (Fy., Detroit Lake, Minn.) singled and was driven home by Dana Spencer (Fy., Grand Rapids, Mich.).
Kaczrowski added three more runs to the scoreboard in the fourth inning on a three-run homer to the second row of seats in left field, making the score 8-1. A two-out RBI single from Alex Buresh (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.), driving home Tres Humerickhouse (Jr., Farmington, Minn.), upped the score to 9-1 before the end of the fourth.
Tolbert nearly added another run to the Rams’ total in the bottom of the fourth off of a sacrifice fly attempt by Jed McGuire (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.). The run was ruled not scored after a runner at second base was thrown out after failing to tag up.
The Pipers added seven runs in the top of the fifth to go up 16-1, and an additional run in the sixth for the final score of 17-1.
Kaczrowksi went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI in the opening game.
In game two, Kaczrowski hit a lead-off double and the Pipers immediately put three runs on the board in the first inning. They added four more runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to go up 15-0, and added one more in the sixth.
Kaczrowski went 7-for-9 on the night with a homerun, two doubles and six RBI. J.D. Modrynski (So., Lakeville, Minn.) and Miller each added four RBI.
Hamline begins the season at 2-0, 0-0 MIAC after the pair of non-conference games, while North Central is 0-4. The Pipers will not play again until Wednesday, February 25, when they will take on Bethany Lutheran at 7:45 a.m. at the Metrodome.