Hamline News

April 21, 2011

Miller picks up pair of wins on the mound in sweep of Norse

Rob Miller earned the win in both games of the day's non-conference double-header against Luther College, as the Hamline University baseball team recorded a nine-inning 3-2 win and then a regulation 8-3 victory at Midway Stadium.

The sweep moves the Pipers to 14-10 overall on the season while the Norse are now 18-9. Hamline returns to MIAC play with a road double-header at Saint Mary's on Saturday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m.

Game 1 Box Score
LUT   2   11   1
HU    3   5    0

The two teams each manufactured their first run in the same way to start off the game - a lead-off hit, followed by a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner, and a sacrifice fly for the RBI.

The Pipers' first run came in the bottom of the second, with Andy King hitting the lead-off single and Tyler Johnson recording the RBI on the sacrifice fly.

The Norse tallied their first run in the top of the third, but followed it up with another run on a double to take the 2-1 lead.

In the sixth, Hamline took advantage of a Luther error to score a run to tie the game.

The score remained knotted at 2-2, sending the game into extra innings. In the ninth, Ryan Hackel hit a one-out single and advanced to second when Andy Powell was hit by a pitch.

A fielder's choice took out Powell at second, but advanced Hackel to third. That set up Daniel Zurbey to drive in the winning run with a single lofted over the head of the Norse left fielder.

A fleet of Pipers took to the mound in the game, with Rob Miller ultimately earning the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. Miller tossed one inning, facing four batters.

King was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Game 2 Box Score
LUT   3   7    0
HU    8   10   2

In the second game, the Pipers wasted little time in getting on the board, plating four runners in the bottom of the first inning. Powell was hit by a pitch to start the game for Hamline, and after that an RBI double from King brought him home.

Catcher Ben Richardson drove in a pair of runs with a single to left field, and the final run of the inning came as Johnson picked up an RBI with a single down the right field line.

The Pipers took a 6-0 lead in the game in the third, using a trio of hits and a walk. Cory Miller drove in the two runs with a single to left center after Richardson drew a walk and Dan Ellefson singled through the left side.

A three-run fourth on four hits and a Piper error provide Luther with all of their scoring for the day.

Hamline added two more runs in the sixth on a pair of hits as Ellefson and J.D. Modrynski each picked up an RBI.

Miller earned the win in the second game, as well, coming in from the bullpen to throw four innings. He struck out four batters and gave up just one hit. That upped his record to 3-0.

Richardson and Miller tallied two RBIs apiece to lead Hamline in the second game.