The Hamline University softball team hit four pitches over the fence in the second game of the double-header, two by Laura Randall, in posting a sweep over Saint Benedict by scores of 8-5 and 12-6 on Wednesday afternoon.
Randall had a pair of homeruns and eight total RBI on the day to lead the Pipers. Erin Farley added five RBIs, including a trio on a homerun in game two.
Hamline is now 9-12, 3-4 MIAC while Saint Benedict is 8-14, 4-4 MIAC. The Pipers will host Concordia on Thursday, April 14, at 4:00 p.m.
CSB 5 15 0
HU 8 9 0
The Pipers used a big opening inning to propel themselves to victory in the opener. They put seven runs on seven hits on the board, as they hit through the order to start the game.
Hamline opened with a trio of singles before Erin Farley drew the bases-loaded walk that scored the first run.
Bethany Hine later drove in a pair of runs with a double in her second at-bat, while Kara Poirier tallied two RBIs with a single to center field.
Lauren Turitto and Randall also picked up an RBI apiece in the inning.
The teams exchanged runs in the third inning, with the Blazers manufacturing a run with a pair of hits, a walk, and a hit batter. The Pipers responded in the bottom half of the frame with a run on single from Lauren Clouston.
The Blazers added four more runs to the board over the fifth and sixth innings, but couldn't close the gap.
Kelsey Tacheny picked up the win for the Pipers in the opener.
CSB 6 7 1
HU 12 12 2
In an offensively explosive second game, the Blazers started with a trio of runs in the first inning as Carissa Hancock hit a homerun with a pair of runners on board.
Hamline did not let Saint Benedict hold the lead for long, however. Heidi Larsen opened the Pipers' scoring by driving in a run with a double in the bottom of the inning and then Farley drove in a run with a single. After that, a three-run blast from Randall gave Hamline a 5-3 lead.
The game was tied once again after the top half of the second, as the Blazers scored two, but another three-run homer put the Pipers out ahead. Farley added three more RBIs to her day's total with a shot over the center field fence in the bottom of the second, putting Hamline up 8-5.
The teams exchanged runs again, this time in the fourth. But in the fifth, Laura Ginther got the Piper bench on their feet again as she hit a solo pinch-hit homerun over the fence in right center.
Randall wasn't done launching pitches, either, as she hit a two-run shot in the sixth, finishing the day with six RBIs in game two for a total of eight on the day.
Lauren Clouston picked up the win for the Pipers in the second game.