April 30, 2009

Pipers hit 20-win mark with split at St. Olaf

The Pipers posted a 5-2 win in game one and then a 30-6 loss in the second game of the twinbill on Thursday.

In the opener, the Pipers scored their first run in the second inning on a lead-off homerun from Tres Humerickhouse (So., Farmington, Minn.). It was his second round-tripper of the season.

The Pipers then put three runs on the board in the third on three hits as the first two batters hit singles to start the inning. Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) had an RBI ground out and Humerickhouse had an RBI single. The third RBI came on a sacrifice fly from Bill Sand (Sr., White Bear Township, Minn.).

Hamline added one more run in the sixth on an RBI single from Andy King (Fy., Ft. Myers, Fla.).

St. Olaf scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't close the gap on the scoreboard as Michael Bland (Fy., Minnetonka, Minn.) earned the win on the mound. Bland threw 6 1/3 innings while giving up five hits and three walks. He struck out one Ole.

Humerickhouse was 2-for-3 at the plate in the opener with two RBI and a run scored.

The second game saw an offensive explosion as Hamline hit four homeruns and St. Olaf hit six. There were nine doubles and a triple hit en route to the 30-6 St. Olaf victory.

Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) led off the game with a solo homerun, his team-leading fourth of the season. However, the Oles answered with seven runs on seven hits, including Tyler Johnson's first of three homeruns, in the bottom of the inning.

Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) hit a lead-off homerun in the third, and although the Pipers would manage three more hits in that inning, they were held to just the one run.

In the fourth, King hit his first collegiate homerun with a runner on base, and then hit a solo shot for his second homerun in the sixth. The Pipers added a sixth run in that inning on an RBI single from Rogers.

The six runs the Pipers scored on ten hits couldn't compensate for two nine-run innings from the Oles as they used 29 hits to score their runs in the second game.  

King went 2-for-4 at the plate with both hits being homeruns as he tallied three RBI and two runs scored in the second game. Kaczrowski was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the second game.

With the split, the Pipers sit at 20-16, 11-7 MIAC while the Oles are 23-11, 12-6 MIAC. The Pipers hold on to fourth place in the MIAC standings as they host Saint John's in their final double-header of the regular season.

The games will be played at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at St. Anthony Village High School.