Hamline News

May 02, 2011

Pipers use 20 hits to get 20th win


The Hamline University baseball team put together their sixth 20-win season in head coach Jason Verdugo's 10-year tenure with the Pipers as they defeated Northwestern College in a nine-inning game, 15-1.

The Pipers hit the 20-game win mark for the second time in three years. With the win the team is now 20-11 overall and they hold a 12-4 MIAC record so far this season.

Hamline will continue with non-conference play tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, hosting UW-Stout at 2:30 p.m.

Box score
HU     15   20   0
NWC  1    3      5

The opening inning of the game yielded four runs for the Pipers on a pair of hits and two errors by the Eagles. Dan Ellefson and Tyler Johnson each picked up a pair of RBIs with singles.

A single by Ryan Hackel and a sacrifice fly by Andy King put two more runs on the board in the second inning for a 6-0 Hamline lead.

After a scoreless third, King picked up another RBI on a double in the fourth. The Eagles then tallied their lone run in the bottom of the fourth  on a single.

The fifth inning found the Pipers up 10-1 as they scored three more runs on four hits and an error. Included in that inning was a two-RBI double by Hackel.

Hamline added one more run in the seventh and a pair per inning in the final two frames.

Hackel and Johnson led the team with three RBIs apiece while Ellefson had two.

Starter Kent Huls went six innings, striking out six and walking just one while scattering three hits, for the win.