The #3 seed Pipers opened post-season play by putting pressure on the #2 seed Oles early. Hamline got two runners into scoring position in the first inning on a hit, a walk and an error, but couldn't manage to get a run across the plate.
St. Olaf struck first on the scoreboard, putting up three runs in the third inning on four hits and then adding three more in the fifth on three more hits.
The Pipers cut the Ole lead to 6-2 in the top of the sixth. Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored on a two-out single to right field by Bill Sand (Sr., White Bear Township, Minn.).
Tres Humerickhouse (So., Farmington, Minn.) then scored on a single to center field from J.D. Modrynski (So., Lakeville, Minn.).
The Pipers nearly had their third run of the inning on an Andy King (Fy., Fort Myers, Fla.) single to center field. Sand attempted to score from second but was thrown out at home on a relay from the outfield.
St. Olaf then took advantage of a Piper error, two wild pitches and a walk to score five runs in the sixth.
Hamline scored their final run in the seventh on an RBI-triple from Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.).
The Pipers had seven hits to St. Olaf's 12 in the game.
Modrynski was 2-for-4 at the plate with the RBI.
Hamline was scheduled to take on Carleton at 7:00 p.m., but the game was postponed to Saturday, May 9, at 1:00 p.m. due to rain. The game will be played at Northfield.
Carleton dropped a 13-5 game to St. Thomas in the other 3:30 p.m. game.
The rest of the games in the tournament have now been pushed back, and the elimination game of the tournament will be played at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Pipers now have a 21-18 overall record while St. Olaf is 26-11.