April 28, 2011

Pipers put together wild split at Saint John's

With the split, the Pipers are now 17-11, 10-4 MIAC and the Johnnies are 16-9, 10-4 MIAC. Hamline, Saint John's, and St. Thomas are all now tied for second in the MIAC standings.

Hamline next plays on Saturday, April 30, when they host Augsburg College at 3:00 p.m. The start time is a change from the originally published schedule due to a field conflict.

Game 1 Box scoreHU   2  5  1
SJU  5  8  1

The Johnnies tallied all of their runs in the opening game during the first two innings. They used seven hits and a Piper error to scored the five runs.

Hamline's runs came in the fifth inning. Ryan Hackel hit a one-out single to get things going. Andy Powell then drew a walk, but was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice that put Hackel at third and Tony Rogers at first.

Jordan Buck doubled to left field to drive in the runners on the corners, but that was all the scoring the Pipers could muster.

Dan Ellefson threw one and one-thirds innings, giving up the five runs to take the loss on the mound. Buck was 2-for-2 at the plate.


Game 2 Box score
HU   9  8  2
SJU  3  3  3

In the second game, Saint John's took a 3-0 lead through three innings, but the Pipers plated nine runners over the final four innings for the win. Just three of Hamline's runs were earned as they capitalized on an error in two of the three innings in which they scored.

Hamline's first four runs came in the fourth inning, as Rogers and Buck drew walks in the first two at-bats. Andy King then loaded the bases with a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt.

On the next at-bat, Rogers and Buck remained at third and second, respectively as Ben Richardson singled. The single however, hit King on his run to second, keeping the bases loaded but sending King back to the dugout.

An error at shortstop got Ellefson on base and scored Rogers and Buck. A sacrifice fly from J.D. Modrynski allowed Richardson to score while an RBI single from Cory Miller sent Ellefson home.

A simple two-run homer from Modrynski upped Hamline's run total to six before a crazy seventh inning gave the Pipers their final three runs.

Hackel led off the inning by reaching on an error. Powell moved Hackel over on a sacrifice bunt and Rogers drew a walk.

A two-out single from King scored Hackel before Richardson drove in the final two runs with a double to left field.

Brett Bugielski threw a complete game, striking out five, en route to the win an a 3-1 record on the season.

Modrynski had three RBIs while going 1-for-2 at the plate. Richardson added a pair of RBIs on 2-for-4 hitting.