The Hamline University softball team recorded their sixth and seventh wins in a row as they posted a five-inning 11-2 victory followed by a 4-0 win over Carleton College in MIAC play on Thursday.
The sweep improves Hamline to 14-13, 8-5 MIAC while Carleton falls to 10-20, 5-9 MIAC. The Pipers will play another conference double-header tomorrow, Friday, April 22, at Saint Mary's. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
Kelsey Tacheny threw a pair of complete games to pick up both wins for the Pipers. She also tallied an RBI in each game. Game 1 Box Score
CAR 2 4 3
HU 11 10 0
The teams exchanged runs in the first inning for the 1-1 tie, but an explosive third inning in which the Pipers hit through their batting order and then some put Hamline ahead 9-1.
In the third, lead-off batter Bethany Hine twice reached on errors. The first time she scored on an RBI double to right center field by Kelsey Tacheny, the second time she picked up RBIs as two runs scored on the error.
Heidi Larsen also had an RBI on a double, while Laura Randall drew a bases-loaded walk for a double. Jackie Brigl knocked a ball up the middle to drive in two runs with a single.
Hamline came back in the fourth and scored twice more as Lauran Clouston doubled to right field and Jessica Churchill had a pinch-hit single to drive in a run.
Carleton added one more run to their tally with an RBI double in the top of the fifth, but that was all of the scoring they could muster.
In all, seven different Pipers recorded RBIs in the opening game against the Knights. Game 2 Box Score
CAR 0 5 0
HU 4 7 0
In game two, the Pipers slowly put their runs on the board, holding on to a 1-0 lead for three innings after Randall hit a solo homer to right center in the bottom of the second.
Hamline doubled their run tally in the fifth, and then scored a pair of runs in the sixth with a two-RBI double by Lori Moldan.
Tacheny struck out four batters and scattered five hits in the game two win.