The Hamline University softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games at UW-River Falls as they took a brief break from MIAC play on Monday.
The losses drop Hamline to 7-12 overall while UW-River Falls is now 12-11. The Pipers will next host Saint Benedict on Wednesday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m.
Game 1: Box score
HU 3 10 3
UWRF 11 14 2
The host Falcons held just a 2-1 lead through the first three innings. However, they put nine runs on the board in the fourth through sixth innings to shorten the game with the eight-run rule.
Hamline's run in the third came as Bethany Hine was advanced to third on a single from Erin Farley, then scored on an error.
The Pipers added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run homerun by Lauren Clouston.
Kelsey Tacheny was 3-for-4 at the plate in the opener while Clouston pitched the complete game and took the loss for the Pipers.
HU 6 10 1
UWRF 11 12 3
Hamline and River Falls exchanged a run apiece in the first two innings for a 2-2 tie. The Pipers' first run came on an RBI single by Jackie Brigl in the opening inning while Kara Poirier drew a bases-loaded walk for the second RBI.
The Falcons opened up a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the third, however, using a double and a trio of singles to jump ahead. In the fourth, they used four hits and a Hamline error to put five more runs on the board.
In the fifth, Poirier hit a lead-off double to ignite a three-run inning. She crossed the plate on an RBI single by Lauren Turitto. Jackie Brigl then singled home Cassie Lopez, who had also reached on a single.
Turitto then scored the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Lori Moldan.
Hamline's final run of the game came in the seventh as Heidi Larsen reached on an error with the bases loaded, sending Laura Randall across the plate.
Bianna Vela pitched the second game for the Pipers, striking out three while taking the loss.
Brigl was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs to lead the Pipers.