Hamline News

March 26, 2009

Pipers complete California trip with 7-3 record

In the day’s opener, the Pipers won an exciting come-from-behind game after trailing 5-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Hamline scored a run in the bottom of the second on and RBI single up the middle by Kellie Hoen (Sr., Cologne, Minn.) that scored Sarah Dittberner (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.).

Whitworth then tied the game with a run in the third and took a 5-2 lead with two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

Trailing heading into the final half inning of play with two outs, Sophie Davidson (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) started the Piper rally with a single to left field. Seniors Jourdan Ulrich (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Grace Weinreich (Wahkon, Minn.) followed that up with a pair of consecutive singles to load the bases.

Erin Farley (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) stepped to the plate and hit a two-RBI single to center field to score Davidson and Ulrich, cutting the Whitworth lead to 5-3.

After a Whitworth pitching change and Cortney Bailey (So., Blooming Prairie, Minn.) entering the game at first to run for Farley, Brenna Healy (Jr., Mounds View, Minn.) reach on an error that advanced Bailey to second and scored Weinreich.

Down by one run with Bailey at second and Healy at first base, the pair advanced to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch. Ashley Anderberg (Jr., Circle Pines, Minn.) then reached on an error by Whitworth, and Bailey and Healy scored on the throw attempt for the 6-5 win.

Ulrich went 3-for-4 in the game with a run scored while Davidson, Weinreich, and Hoen all went 1-for-3 at the plate.

Starting pitcher Jessalyn Weaver (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) went the distance for the Pipers for the win.

In the second game of the day, the Pipers dropped a 15-0 game to Biola University, who scored early and often, including six runs in the opening inning.

The Pipers managed two hits in the game, one from Bailey and one from Larsen.

After the opening ten games of the season, Kristi Gravem (So., Maplewood, Minn.) leads the Pipers with a .438 batting average while Ulrich is hitting .391. Farley and Dittberner each have seven RBI.

With the split, the Pipers return to Minnesota with a record of 7-3 as they prepare to begin MIAC play.