April 21, 2009

Piper baseball earns split with #13 Tommies

In the opening game of the double-header, the Tommies picked up a run in the top of the second inning and another in the fifth. They then put together a three-run sixth inning on four hits, including an RBI-double, to put the game out of the Pipers' reach.

Each team got a complete game out of their starting pitcher, as Brady Gibbs (Sr., Waconia, Minn.) gave up just two hits for the Tommies and walked one while striking out one to get the win. Gibbs' record improved to 2-0.

Matt Mullendore (So., Amery, Wis.) took the loss while scattering 11 hits and walking just one while striking out two batters. His record went to 4-3.

In the second game of the day, King was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 as he drove in three runs and scored two of his own.

The Pipers scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning on a Cory Miller (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) sacrifice fly.

Hamline then tallied five runs on four hits and one error in the bottom of the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead. The hits including a single from Miller for his second RBI of the game, a King single for two RBI, and a triple to right center by Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) that drove in two runs.

The Tommies tallied one run in the fourth to prevent the shutout, but the Pipers put one more run on the board in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for the 9-1 win.

Piper starter Michael Bland (Fy., Minnetonka, Minn.) went the distance on the mound, giving up seven hits while striking out three and not allowing any bases on balls. His record goes to 2-3.

Hamline handed Tommie starter, and reigning MIAC pitcher of the week, Matt Schuld (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) his first loss of the year as his record goes to 6-1.

Miller was 1-for-3 with the two RBI and a run scored while Powell was 1-for-2 in getting his two RBI.

The Pipers are now 16-15, 8-6 MIAC while the Tommies are 22-7, 11-3 MIAC. Hamline will play a nine-inning game at Northwestern tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m. They will resume MIAC play on Saturday, April 25, against Macalester at home at 1:00 p.m.