Tony Rogers hit for the cycle, and then some, over the course of the double-header in a 5-0 and 6-2 MIAC sweep of the Cardinals on the road as the Hamline University baseball team stays in the battle for the top spot in the conference standings.
In addition to Rogers' efforts at the plate, a trio of Piper pitchers combined to allow just a pair of runs in the two games.
The sweep improves the Pipers to 16-10, 9-3 MIAC while the Cardinals fall to 8-22, 2-12 MIAC. Hamline plays again on Tuesday, April 26, at Saint John's. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.Game 1 box score
HU 5 6 0
SMU 0 2 3
Starter Matt Mullendore threw five innings for his first win of the season. He struck out a pair of batters, walked one, and gave up two harmless hits. Rannon Arch closed out the game, striking out a batter without giving up a hit in two innings.
Hamline provided Mullendore with plenty of run support in the fourth, as the Pipers plated four of their runs as five out of the first six batter reached base safely.
Andy Powell led off the inning with a single and promptly scored on Tony Rogers' seventh triple of the year. A sacrifice fly by Jordan Buck then drove in Rogers.
The bases didn't stay empty long as Andy King drew a walk, followed by back-to-back singles from Ben Richardson and Dan Ellefson. J.D.Modrynski picked up the third RBI of the inning as he reached on a fielder's choice and King crossed the plate. Miller finished off the RBIs for the inning as he had the second sacrifice fly of the frame, plating Richardson.
Hamline manufactured one more run in the sixth, as Powell hit a one-out single to get things started. Rogers drew a walk, but Powell was out at third on the next at-bat. King drew another walk, loading the bases, and setting up an RBI for Richardson as he was the recipient of the third walk of the inning. That scored Rogers for the final run of the game. Game 2 box score
HU 6 10 0
SMU 2 5 0
After drawing a walk and hitting a single and a triple in the opener, Rogers added another single, a double, and a homer to his tally in the second game to lead the Pipers.
Rogers' homerun came in the first inning as he knocked the ball over the center field wall after Powell was hit by a pitch to start the game.
The homerun was his first of the season. His fourth double of the year then came in the sixth.
In addition to Rogers' pair of RBIs in the opening inning, Ellefson drove in a run after Richardson drew a walk.
Saint Mary's scored their first run of the day with a solo homer in the first, but Hamline added two more runs to take a 5-1 lead in the second.
With two outs, Ryan Hackel and Powell walked and singled, respectively, to get on base. Rogers drew yet another walk to load the bases, and Buck added two more RBIs to the one he picked up in the opening game as he singled.
The Cardinals added one more run in the third on a pair of hits, and Hamline tallied their sixth run in the fifth. Miller picked up the RBI on a fielder's choice.
Cass Kreitlow upped his record on the mound to 5-1 as he threw a complete game for the win. He struck out five, scattered five hits, and walked just one batter.