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
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.