Brett Bugielski picked up a pair of saves on the mound while Andy King tallied five RBIs to lead the Hamline University baseball team to a sweep over St. Thomas, 4-2 and 8-7, on Tuesday afternoon at Midway Stadium.
The wins moves Hamline to 9-9, 6-2 MIAC while St. Thomas falls to 8-13, 4-4 MIAC. Starter Dylan Olson picked up the win in the first game, throwing five and one-thirds innings and striking out two. Casey Benford picked up the win in the second game, throwing three innings in relief, scattering four hits.
Bugielski's pair of saves came just 24 hours after posting a win over Carleton in which he threw four innings in relief. He didn't give up a hit or a walk against the Tommies today.
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HU 4 7 0
Hamline scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the first inning, as Andy Powell drew a lead-off walk. He scored on a single up the middle by King.
St. Thomas evened the score in the next half inning, using a trio of singles to plate Taylor Rahm.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 until the top of the fifth, when the Tommies took a 2-1 lead. The lead-off batter, Tim Kahle, was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and then scored on a wild pitch.
The bottom of the inning proved to be even more fruitful for the Pipers, however, as they scored a trio of runs on three hits for the 4-2 victory.
Jordan Buck picked up an RBI on a bloop single to center field that tied the game before King knocked in a pair of runs with a triple to right field.
King was 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs in the game. Dan Reichert led the Tommies by going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.
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HU 8 7 3
In game two of the double-header, the Tommies jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. St. Thomas took advantage of a lead-off walk - and went on from there in the inning. JB Korte picked up two of the RBI for the Tommies on a single to right field.
Hamline responded with a single run in the bottom of the inning as the first two batters were walked. Powell, the lead-off batter, ultimately scored on a wild pitch.
The Tommies went up 5-1 in the top of the second, but Hamline evened up the score quickly in the bottom of the third inning with four runs on three hits and an error.
King singled in two of the runs, while Richardson and J.D. Modrynski each picked up an RBI in the inning.
In the top of the fourth, St. Thomas took a one-run lead back with an RBI single from Charles Bruchu. But Hamline didn't let them hold that lead for long, putting another pair of runs on the board in the bottom half of the frame as Richardson drove in a pair with a double to left center.
Down by two going into the top of the seventh, Rahm hit a lead-off double and scored on a throwing error. Bugielski then came in to close out the game, forcing a pop out and a ground out to end the game.
King added two more RBIs to his total for the day with 1-for-3 hitting. Richardson's three RBIs came from a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Bruchu led the Tommies with three RBIs on 3-for-4 hitting.