March 24, 2009

Pipers split with Middlebury, Linfield

The Pipers started the day with Linfield, taking a lead with a three-run third inning as they were the visitors on the scoreboard.

Erin Farley (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) drew a lead-off walk in the third and advanced to second on a ground out. Heidi Larsen (So., Andover, Minn.) then singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw, moving  Farley over to third.

Sophie Davidson (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) picked up an RBI on a ground out that scored Farley before Jourdan Ulrich (Sr., Apple Valley, Minn.) singled to drive in Larsen for the 2-0 lead.

Grace Weinreich (Sr., Wahkon, Minn.) tallied the third RBI of the inning by hitting a single down the right field line that scored Ulrich.

Linfield slowly tallied runs late in the game to eliminate the Piper lead, getting two runs on two hits in the fourth and then adding a single run in the sixth to tie the game. Linfield then scored the game-winning run with one out in the seventh for the 4-3 win.

Ulrich and Weinreich each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In the second game of the day, the Pipers faced Middlebury College for the second time in two days, this time as the home team on the scoreboard.

Kelsey Tacheny (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) earned her second complete-game win in two days, throwing one strikeout while scattering eight hits and giving up two earned runs.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Pipers had two hits and took advantage of two Middlebury errors to score two runs. Kristi Gravem (So., Maplewood, Minn.) hit a lead-off single and then advanced to second on a fielding error by Middlebury’s center fielder. Larsen then reached on an error, and Gravem and Larsen advanced to third and second, respectively, on the play.

An RBI-ground out by Davidson scored Gravem, and then Larsen scored on a wild pitch to put the Pipers up 2-0.

Hamline added two more runs in the sixth, as Kellie Hoen (Sr., Cologne, Minn.) pinch hit and drew a lead-off walk. She was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then moved to third on an error that put Gravem on base. Larsen double down the left field line to score both Hoen and Gravem for the 4-0 Piper lead.

Middlebury scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t overcome the four-run lead.

Ulrich went 2-for-3, while Gravem and Larsen were each 1-for-3. Larsen had two RBI and a run scored, Gravem had two runs scored.

The split moved the Pipers to 4-2 overall with two more days of play in California.