Hamline News

April 25, 2009

Piper softball closes out regular season with wins

Hamline and Macalester exchanged runs in the opening inning of the first game and the scored stayed tied at 1-1 until the Pipers tallied five runs in the third inning.

The Pipers used six hits, including a three-run homerun from Grace Weinreich (Wahkon, Minn.), to scored the five runs. Sarah Dittberner (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.) had a two-RBI single in the inning, as well.

Heidi Larsen (So., Andover, Minn.) hit a lead-off double in the fourth inning. The next batter, Sophie Davidson (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.), stepped to the plate and hit the second Piper round-tripper of the day for an 8-1 lead.

The Pipers ended the game early by virtue of the eight-run rule when Larsen hit an RBI-single in the fifth inning for the 9-1 victory.

Davidson was 3-for-3 in the opener with three runs scored and two RBI. Larsen, Brenna Healy (Jr., Mounds View, Minn.) and Jourdan Ulrich (Sr., Apple Valley, Minn.) were each 2-for-3 at the plate.

Jessalyn Weaver (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) threw all five innings for the Pipers, striking out three batters and giving up just four hits.

In the second game, the Pipers quickly built up a 6-0 lead before the Scots came back and tied the game.

Hamline scored four runs in the first inning as Ashley Anderberg (Jr., Circle Pines, Minn.) drove in two runs with a single and Erin Farley (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Healy each added an RBI.

Farley added another RBI in the second inning to put Hamline up 5-0 and Weinreich drove in their sixth run in the top of the third.

Macalester started their comeback in the bottom of that frame, putting two runs on the board on two hits and a Piper error. They then scored four runs in the fourth on three hits and another Piper error to tie the game.

Hamline responded immediately in the fifth inning as Cortney Bailey (So., Blooming Prairie, Minn.) drove in a run with a single and Anderberg drew a bases-loaded walk. The runs gave Hamline the 8-6 lead that they would protect for the remainder of the game.

Weinreich was 3-for-3 in the second game with two runs scored and an RBI. Farley went 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and Anderberg was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Weaver was the winning pitcher in game two, as well, upping her record to 16-4 while throwing 3 1/3 innings.

The Pipers head into the MIAC playoffs as the #3 seed with a record of 27-9, 18-4 MIAC. The Scots dropped to 8-28, 3-19 MIAC with the losses.

Hamline will play #2 seed St. Thomas in the first round of the conference tournament at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at Winona Cotter High School Field. The second game of the tournament will be played that same day at 5:00 p.m. The Pipers' opponent and location will be determined by the 3:00 p.m. games.