May 01, 2011

Early leads carry Pipers over Auggies

The Hamline University baseball team jumped out to, and maintained, early leads in both halves of a double-header sweep of Augsburg College as Tony Rogers combined to go 5-for-6 at the plate in the 9-3 and 5-2 wins.

Rogers also drove in four runs during the pair of games.

In the second game, although the Auggies tallied 12 hits to just four from Hamline, starter Cass Kreitlow went the distance on the mound for the win as he forced Augsburg to hit into a trio of double-plays.

Game 1 box score
AUG   3  10  1
HU    9  14  3

Hamline tallied three runs per inning in the first two frames, starting off with an RBI from Rogers on a double to left center. Andy King had the second RBI double of the inning to plate Rogers, before King came home on a single by Dan Ellefson.

In the second, King added another RBI to his tally with a sacrifice fly to left field. Ben Richardson then had the third RBI double in two innings as he knocked in two runs on a shot to right center field.

The Auggies responded in the top of the third with a pair of runs, but Hamline erased those with another two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Rogers had his second double of the game, driving in both runs in the third.

Augsburg and Hamline exchanged single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, as the Pipers took the 9-3 win.

Starter Matt Mullendore threw four innings for the win, striking out a pair of batters and scattering six hits.


Game 2 box score

AUG  2   12  1
HU    5   4   0

In the second game, Hamline had just four hits in scoring their five runs, but capitalized on an Augsburg error, four walks, and two hit batters.

Hamline tallied one run in the first as Andy Powell scored on a throwing error. They then added four runs in the second to tally all the runs they would need for the win.

With the bases loaded, Rogers drew a walk for his fourth RBI of the day. Jordan Buck then knocked a ball up the middle for a two-RBI single and Rogers scored on a wild pitch.

Kreitlow went the distance for the win to up his record to 6-1 overall, walking none, striking out seven, and facing just 30 batters despite giving up 12 hits.