The Pipers took control of the first game early but had to come from behind in game two to earn the pair of wins.
In the opener, the Blazers hit a trio of singles in the first inning
to score the first run, but their lead didn't last long. In the bottom
of the inning Erin Farley (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) stepped to the plate
with Sophie Davidson (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) on second. Her two-run
homerun to left field gave the Pipers a 2-0 lead.
Hamline increased that lead to 3-1 in the second inning on an RBI
double to left field from Heidi Larsen (So., Andover, Minn.). Their
fourth run came in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Jourdan
Ulrich (Sr., Apple Valley, Minn.).
Saint Benedict made it a one-run game in the sixth with a pair of
runs on three hits. However, Hamline opened the lead back up to three in
the same inning, and held on to it for the 6-3 victory.
In the opener Kellie Hoen (Sr., Cologne, Minn.) was 2-for-3 at the
plate with a pair of doubles, including one for an RBI in the sixth
inning. She also scored two runs.
Larsen was 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
Jessalyn Weaver (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) threw a complete game for the Pipers, striking out seven batters while scattering nine hits.
In the second game, the two teams played a quick and scoreless
opening two innings before the Blazers scored three runs in the top of
the third inning. They used one hit, a double for two RBI, and
capitalized on a Piper error in their scoring.
Hamline tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on five hits
that included a lead-off double from Farley. The Pipers then took the
lead in the fifth on a solo homerun from Ashley Anderberg (Jr., Circle
Davidson then hit the third Piper round-tripper of the day in the
bottom of the sixth with Larsen on first, putting her team up 6-3. Saint
Benedict also had a solo homerun in the seventh, but that was all the
run production they would have left.
Davidson was 3-for-4 in game two with three RBI and a run scored. Anderberg was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Kelsey Tacheny (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) earned the win for the Pipers
in game two, throwing a complete game while striking out two batters.
The wins put Hamline in the MIAC tournament, which will be played on May 1 and 2 in Winona, hosted by Saint Mary's.
The Pipers improve to 25-7, 16-4 MIAC while the Blazers fall to
12-18, 8-10 MIAC. Hamline will play a non-conference double-header at
UW-River Falls tomorrow, Thursday, April 23, at 4:00 p.m.
They will play their final MIAC regular season double-header on
Saturday, April 25, at Macalester. The start time of the game has been
moved to 3:00 p.m. due to scheduling conflicts at Macalester.