The Hamline University baseball team picked up a split in a pair of one-run games during their MIAC opener at Macalester on Wednesday, winning the first game 3-2 before falling in eight innings, 8-7.
The split moves the Pipers to 4-8, 1-1 MIAC. Hamline will host Carleton in their first home double-header of the season on Saturday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. at Midway Stadium.
HU 3 7 0
MAC 2 9 1
Hamline took an immediate 2-0 lead as they opened MIAC play at Macalester on Wednesday. Andy Powell drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a Cory Miller single. Powell scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Buck before Andy King knocked a triple to right center to drive in Miller.
The Scots scored a run each in the fourth and sixth innings, but those scores sandwiched Hamline’s game-winning run in the fifth inning.
A lead-off single by Dan Ellefson set-up the run in the fifth as he progressed around the bases on a sacrifice bunt and a single, ultimately scoring as Miller added an RBI to his game’s totals with a single.
Ellefson went 2-for-2 at the plate while Powell and Miller each went 2-for-3. Brett Bugielski came in to start the third inning and earned the win on the mound for the Pipers, giving up eight hits and striking out four while throwing four and two-thirds innings.
Cass Kreitlow threw a third of an inning, picking up the save.
Game 2 (8 innings)
HU 7 8 3
MAC 9 11 1
After three innings of play in the second game of the evening, the Pipers held a 6-4 advantage. The Scots tallied three runs in the second on a homerun with two runners on, then added another run in the third on a pair of hits.
Hamline started off their scoring in game two much the same way they did in the opener as they once again drew a lead-off walk.
This time is was Buck who got the free pass at the plate before King doubled to put the pair into scoring position. Ben Richardson picked up the first RBI on a ground-out before Ellefson drove in King with an RBI single.
In the third, the Pipers needed just two hits as they were able to take advantage of a Macalester error, a pair of hit batters, and a wild pitch to plate four runners. The two hits also generated an RBI apiece as Tony Rogers had a single and King had his second double in as many innings.
The Scots knocked in a run in the fifth to get within one, 6-5, but the Pipers went up 7-5 in the top of the seventh as Rogers scored after hitting a one-out double. Macalester came back in the bottom of the inning to tie up the game, however, scoring a pair of runs on two hits and two Hamline errors.
A trio of singles manufactured the game-winning run for Macalester in the bottom of the extra frame, earning the hosts the split for the evening.
Kreitlow started the game for the Pipers after getting the save in the opener, giving up six hits and striking out three batters while throwing five innings. Dylan Olson took the loss in relief, throwing two and two-thirds innings, striking out three and giving up five hits.
King was 2-for-4 at the plate in the second game while Richardson had a pair of RBIs to lead the Pipers.