The Pipers' excitement of finally playing on their home field was dampened slightly on Saturday afternoon as they lost a pair of games to the University of St. Thomas, 6-2 and 10-3, in MIAC play.
With the losses, Hamline drops to 7-10 overall, 1-4 MIAC. St. Thomas is now 24-4, 10-0 MIAC. The two wins brought St. Thomas' win streak up to 14 straight games.
UST 6 11 1
HU 2 7 2
The visiting Tommies put four runs on the board during a strong fourth inning to secure the 6-2 opening game win.
St. Thomas tallied a run each in the first and third innings before using five hits and a Piper error to put the four runs on the board.
Hamline countered in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair of runs on two hits and a St. Thomas error. Heidi Larsen doubled in the first run of day for Hamline before Erin Farley hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the second.
Hamline tallied a pair of hits in both the fifth and seventh innings, but couldn't pull any closer to the Tommies.
Larsen and Lauren Turitto each went 2-for-3 at the plate in the opener for Hamline. Sydney Marquardt was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for St. Thomas while Kayla Broward hit 3-for-3. Genny Duffy added a pair of RBI in the game, too.
Biz Sitzmann picked up the win for the Tommies, striking out four batter. Kelsey Tacheny took the loss for Hamline, striking out two.
UST 10 12 0
HU 3 7 2
In the second game, it was the Piper who got on the board first as Farley hit the long homerun of the day in the opening inning.
The Tommies responded in the second to tie the game, and went ahead by a run in the top of the third. The Pipers tied it up once again, however, scoring as Larsen singled in a run.
By the end of the fifth inning, it was a one-run game as St. Thomas put two on the board in the top of the inning. The Tommies first two batters, Erica Wilson and Marquardt, each hit doubles. Marquardt picked up an RBI on hers before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Emily Gregory.
Hamline then scored one in the bottom of the inning as Larsen tallied her third RBI of the afternoon with a double down the right field line.
A scoreless sixth gave way to a six-run seventh for St. Thomas, however, as they put the game out of reach. Their six runs came on five hits and a Piper error. Wilson and Marquardt each drove in two runs in the inning.
Larsen was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI to lead Hamline in game two. Wilson and Marquardt tallied three RBIs apiece to lead St. Thomas.
Cassie Smith struck out three batters while scattering six hits to get the win for the Tommies. Tacheny took the loss in game two, as well, striking out one batter.