A trio of Pipers knocked pitches over the outfield fence as the Hamline University softball team swept Concordia, 5-1 and 11-3 (6 innings) in MIAC play on Thursday.
With the sweep of Concordia, the Pipers improve to 11-12, 5-4 MIAC and the Cobbers drop to 3-20, 3-7 MIAC. Hamline next plays on Tuesday, April 19, hosting Augsburg at 4:00 p.m.
CC 1 7 2
HU 5 7 1
After a scoreless first inning, Hamline went to work in the bottom of the second, taking a 2-0 lead with a trio of hits.
Lauren Turitto led off the inning with a single and advanced to third as Lauren Clouston doubled to right center field. An RBI ground out from Bethany Hine followed by a single by Kelsey Tacheny plated Turitto and Clouston.
A pair of Cobber errors and another single from Turitto led to a 3-0 lead as Hamline added another run to the board in the third.
Concordia scored their lone run of the game on a lead-off solo shot in the fourth, but Tacheny answered with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the inning for the final 5-1 win.
Tacheny also threw a complete game for Hamline in picking up the win, striking out eight batters while scattering seven hits. Her three RBIs while going 2-for-3 at the plate led Hamline.
CC 3 8 1
HU 11 12 3
In the second game it was Concordia taking the early lead, scoring a run in the first on a pair of hits and a Piper error. The Cobbers then took a 3-0 lead through the top half of the third inning as they added two more runs on four hits.
As they did in the first game, Hamline used a lead-off hit to get their first round of scoring started. In the bottom of the third, Kristi Gravem knocked a double to left field and then advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Hine drew a walk, stole second, and then Tacheny singled in Gravem to get the Pipers on the scoreboard. After that, a ground out from Erin Farley, a Laura Randall single, and a double by Lori Moldan plated three more runners and gave Hamline a lead they would never relinquish.
The Pipers doubled their run total in the fourth as Heidi Larsen and Farley hit back-to-back homers. Larsen tallied three RBIs on her blast as Hine and Kara Poirier were on base.
Two more runs in the fifth put Hamline up by seven, 10-7. Then in the sixth, the Pipers loaded the bases for Moldan to hit a single through the left side to drive in the eighth run to end the game in six innings.
Tacheny threw a complete game for her second win of the day, striking out three. Larsen led with three RBIs while Moldan went 2-for-3 at the plate to drive in two runs.