March 25, 2009

Pair of one-run games go against Pipers

In the opening game of the double-header, Hamline was the home team on the scoreboard. Williams scored three runs to start the game, but the Pipers responded with six runs on two hits and seven walks in the bottom of the opening inning.

The first two batters in the line-up, Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) and Lincoln Hughes (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) drew walks. They then advanced to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly by J.D. Modrynski (So., Lakeville, Minn.) brought home Kaczrowski.

Bill Sand (Sr., White Bear Township, Minn.) drew a walk and then an RBI single, the first hit of the inning, from Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) scored Hughes. Andy King (Fy., Fort Myers, Fla.) drew another walk to load the bases so that Cory Miller’s (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) walk brought home Sand.

Two more walks [Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) and Hughes’ second of the inning] and a single from Kaczrowski scored the remaining runs.

Williams cut the lead to one run at 6-5 when they scored two runs on three hits in the top of the third.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Williams hit a pair of two-out doubles to tie the game in the fifth before winning it on a one-run fifth inning.

Six different Piper players had the six RBI in the game. Kaczrowski and Sand each went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

In game two of the double-header, the Pipers held a brief lead in the sixth inning, but ultimately fell, 9-8.

The Pipers scored a run in the second inning on no hits and an error when Sand walked, Rogers reached first on an error, and a ground out scored Sand. Williams College then tied the game in the bottom of the third in similar fashion.

The offensive production for both teams picked up after that inning, with Hamline scoring three runs in the top of the fourth and Williams answering with five in the bottom of the frame.

Hamline’s three runs in the fourth came on four hits, including three singles and an RBI double from Alex Buresh (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.). Williams scored their five runs on six hits.

The Pipers cut the Williams’ lead to 6-5 with a run in the fifth when Sand hit an RBI double, and then took over the scoreboard advantage at 7-6 with a two-run sixth inning on two hits and a hit batter.

Williams didn’t let Hamline’s lead last long, however, scoring two runs on two hits themselves in the bottom half of that same inning.  Hamline scored one run in the eighth and Williams did the same in the bottom of the ninth to break the 8-8 tie and earn the win.

Sand was 2-for-3 in game two with two runs scored and two RBI. Hughes and King also had two RBI apiece.

With the pair of losses, the Pipers fall to 6-8 overall, while Williams improves to 3-5.