On a day when winter weather impacted many games, it was ultimately a setting sun that cut short the softball double-header between Hamline and Augsburg. The Pipers won the opener, 14-8.
As the teams combined to total 43 hits and 13 errors between them, the length of the games led to just one completion. Hamline won the opener, 14-8, but trailed 11-10 in the second game after five innings. The second game has been suspended due to darkness and will resume at the start of the sixth inning on Friday, April 29th, at 4:00 p.m.
With the one completed game, Hamline is now 12-13, 6-5 MIAC and the Auggies are 17-14, 6-7 MIAC.
Game 1: Box scoreAUG 8 11 3
HU 14 14 5
After Augsburg took an early lead, the Pipers used two big innings to out-score the Auggies in the opener.
The visiting Auggies put a pair of runs on the board in each of the first two innings of play to take a 4-0 lead. However, Hamline bounced back with half a dozen runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead.
In the second, Hamline led off with a pair of walks and then a single to load the bases. An RBI single from Kristi Gravem started the Piper scoring.
Bethany Hine picked up two RBI on a single to right field while Heidi Larsen, Erin Farley, and Laura Randall also drove in runs in the inning.
The Auggies responded in the third with a trio of runs on four hits and a Piper error. Those hits included a two-run homer to left center field by Allyson Ruedy. Those runs gave Augsburg a 7-6 lead.
Hamline put up another big inning, scoring five in the fourth to go back up again, 11-7. The Pipers used five hits and an Augsburg error to tally those runs, led by a two-RBI double by Jackie Brigl.
Hamline added three insurance runs in the sixth as Larsen homered to center field, driving in the two runners on base.
The Auggies managed one more run on Ruedy's second shot over the fence in the game, but couldn't get any closer.
Larsen led the Pipers with four RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting. Hine had three RBIs while going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Augsburg was led by three RBIs from Ruedy as she was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Kelsey Tacheny upped her record to 8-5, throwing a complete game for the win.