Hamline News

Pipers eliminated from playoffs

After a scoreless opening inning, the Pipers, in the role of home team on the scoreboard, scored a run in the bottom of the second inning. Tres Humerickhouse (So., Farmington, Minn.) reached on an Ole error and scored on an RBI-single from Andy King (Fy., Fort Myers, Fla.).

St. Olaf tied the game in the top of the third with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly, but Hamline responded in the bottom of the frame to take the 2-1 lead.

Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) hit a lead-off single to start the inning. Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) then hit a double to center field and advanced to third on the relay from the outfield that caught Powell at the plate for the first out.

Kaczrowski scored on the next at-bat as Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) hit a sacrifice fly for the RBI.

The next two innings saw the score remain at 2-1 in favor of the Pipers before the Oles hit a pair of two-run homeruns as part of a five-run sixth inning to take a 6-2 lead.

St. Olaf expanded on that lead in the next two innings, adding a pair of runs in the seventh and another in the eighth.

The Pipers put together some excitement for their fans in the bottom of the ninth as they attempted a rally. A lead-off hit batter put Cory Miller (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) on first base and he advanced to second on a ground out. Kaczrowski drew a walk and then Rogers singled to load the bases with one out.

Lincoln Hughes (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) then drew the bases-loaded walk to cut the Ole lead to 9-3. Kaczrowski then scored from third on a wild pitch before Humerickhouse was hit by a pitch. That loaded the bases once again and put the tying run in the on-deck circle.

The Pipers couldn't get closer than 9-4, however, as the Oles forced them into a pop-out and a fielder's choice to end the game.

Powell was 2-for-3 at the plate while Kaczrowski and Rogers went 2-for-4 in the game.

Hamline finishes the season at 22-19 overall after completing MIAC play with a 12-8 record.