March 23, 2009

Pipers earn first sweep of season

The Pipers opened the day in Anaheim against Middlebury, and scored immediately as the visiting team on the scoreboard.

Senior center fielder Jourdan Ulrich (Apple Valley, Minn.) drew a one-out walk, stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch to set up an RBI single by Brenna Healy (Jr., Mounds View, Minn.).

Carrying the 1-0 lead into the third inning, the Pipers then added a trio of runs for a 4-0 lead. Sophie Davidson (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) hit a lead-off double down the right field line. Ulrich bunted her over to third and then Davidson scored on a double to left center by Heidi Larsen (So., Andover, Minn.)

Healy singled to put runners on first and second, and then the third double of the inning, this time by Erin Farley (So., Saint Paul, Minn.), brought home Larsen and Healy.

Middlebury scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and then Hamline doubled their run count in the sixth to take an 8-1 lead, scoring four runs on four hits.

The Pipers added their ninth run on two hits in the top of the seventh inning. Middlebury scored two in the bottom half of the inning as the teams finished with a final score of 9-3.

Davidson went 2-for-5 in the game with two runs scored and an RBI while Larsen was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Farley was 1-for-2 with two RBI, and Kristi Gravem (So., Maplewood, Minn.) went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.

Jessalyn Weaver (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) picked up the win for Hamline, throwing six innings and scattering six hits while striking out two.

In their second game of the day, Kelsey Tacheny (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) threw a complete-game shutout while striking out seven batters and giving up six hits.

The Pipers, playing the role of the visitors on the scoreboard for the second time that day, put all three runs of the game on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Gravem hit a single to third base to get the inning started. Larsen then bunted safely to move Gravem to third and put runners on the corners.

A passed ball scored Gravem and advanced Larsen to third. She then came home on a wild pitch, clearing the bases.

Ulrich became the third Piper base-runner of the game with a double to right field and came home on a single to left field by Sarah Dittberner (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.) for the third and final run of the game.

With the pair of wins, the Pipers move to 3-1 overall on the season.