The Hamline University baseball team played their first two games outside in Minnesota this season, losing a 2-1 opener before falling in 10 innings, 3-2, in the second game of Sunday night's double-header against NCAA Division II Concordia-St. Paul.
The double-header was played on Minnetonka High School's home field. Hamline's record is now 3-7. The Pipers are scheduled to host Concordia-Moorhead on Tuesday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Midway Stadium.
HU 1 3 0
CU 2 5 2
The Golden Bears struck early in the first game that the two teams have played outside in Minnesota, scoring both of their runs in the opening inning. Concordia used a single and a walk to put runners on base with two out before a double drove in both runners.
The Pipers attempted a rally in the fifth as Dan Ellefson (So., Burnsville, Minn.) reached on an error to lead off the inning. Ellefson then stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Andy Powell (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) picked up the RBI on a ground out that scored Ellefson.
Hamline had a base runner in the seventh, but couldn't cross the plate to tie up the game.
Matt Mullendore (Jr., Amery, Wis.) took the loss on the mound for the Pipers, giving up two runs on three hits in an inning pitched. Ben Lemke threw a complete game for the Golden Bears in picking up the win.
Game 2 (10 innings)
HU 2 9 0
CU 3 9 0
Hamline struck first in the second game of the night, scoring in the fourth inning. Andy King (Jr., Fort Myers, Fla.) singled up the middle with one out, and advance to third on a hit batter and a single. With the bases loaded, Jacob Dahl (So., Burnsville, Minn.) drew an RBI-walk that allowed King to score.
A fielder's choice that took out Tyler Johnson (Fy., New Hope, Minn.) and a lineout ended the inning for the Pipers without another run.
Concordia tied up the game in the sixth with an RBI double, ultimately sending the teams into extra innings.
In the 10th, Cory Miller (Jr., Coon Rapids, Minn.) hit a single to left field with one out. Tony Rogers (Sr., St. Michael, Minn.) knocked in the run with a triple to left center, giving Hamline the 2-1 lead.
The Pipers were ultimately downed by a pair of singles and another RBI double in the bottom of the frame as the three hits led to two runs, and the Golden Bears' 3-2 win.
Evan Knutson (So., Faribault, Minn.) took the loss for the Pipers, giving up three hits as he finished off the final 1 1/3 innings of the game. Andy Fagely threw the final six innings for the Golden Bears to earn the win.