Fans at Midway Stadium saw a little bit of everything possible on Monday afternoon as the Hamline University baseball team posted a big come-from-behind victory in game one, 7-4, and won in the bottom of the seventh in game two, 5-4, to sweep Concordia College in MIAC play.
The sweep is Hamline's first of the season and raises their record to 7-9, 4-2 MIAC while Concordia falls to 6-4, 1-3 MIAC. Jordan Buck knocked in three runs to lead the Pipers while a trio of additional Hamline players had two RBIs apiece through the double-header.
The Pipers will next host St. Thomas on Tuesday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Midway Stadium.
CC 4 7 3
HU 7 7 1
The Pipers had to stage a comeback in the opener to gain the win after giving up four runs on three hits and an error in the top of the third inning. Concordia hit a pair of doubles and Alex Jungels hit a solo homerun as part of the scoring surge.
Hamline responded in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs, using just one hit as they capitalized on a Cobber error, a walk, and a hit batter.
After a strikeout started off the inning, Cory Miller reached on an error, Ryan Hackel walked, and Andy Powell was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Tony Rogers then drove in the first run as he reached on a fielder's choice that caught Powell at second but scored Miller. Buck then picked up his first RBI of the day with a single.
The Pipers took the lead in the fifth, scoring a trio of runs on two hits and an error. Rogers had another RBI, this time with a single, and Buck used a sacrifice fly to pick up his second RBI of the day. Powell would ultimately score on a wild pitch.
Hamline added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on four hits and the third Cobber error of the game. Hackel picked up an RBI on a single and Buck tallied his third RBI with his second single of the day.
Brett Bugielski came in from the bullpen and threw four innings to pick up the win for Hamline, upping his record to 2-1. He struck out five without walking a batter. Starter Jake Torrison took the loss for Concordia with a pair of strikeouts in four and one-thirds innings pitched.
CC 4 4 1
HU 5 2 0
In game two, Concordia again struck first, as Michael Carlson hit a lead-off single, stole second, and scored on a balk.
That gave way to an equally wild bottom half of the inning in which the Pipers scored two runs, but didn't get a hit.
The first three Pipers to the plate drew walks, loading the bases for Andy King, who drove in Powell on a fielder's choice. Ben Richardson then picked up an RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Rogers.
The Cobbers evened up the game in the top of the second with an RBI single from Chris Gilson.
Hamline's first hit came in the third inning as they took a 4-2 lead with a pair of runs on two hits. Powell was hit by a pitch for the second time in the double-header to lead off the innings. Rogers got on base with a single, then the duo executed the double steal to get themselves into scoring position.
The pair advanced a base apiece on a sacrifice fly from King that scored Powell, and Richardson picked up his second RBI with a single to drive in Rogers.
Concordia forced Hamline to bat in the bottom of the seventh as they took advantage of a pair of walks to lead off the top of the innings. Dan Wackler picked up two RBI on a single through the left side that tied up the game.
Starter Cass Kreitlow was able to get the complete-game win, however, for Hamline, as the Piper offense put a run on the board in the bottom half of the frame.
His record improved to 3-1 after a walk, an error, and an intentional walk gave way to a Cobber wild pitch that scored Cory Miller for the Hamline win.