The Hamline University baseball team finished out the 2011 regular season with a solid road sweep of Bethel University, scoring 26 runs and putting together 33 hits in the two games with 15-7 and 11-5 wins.
The wins send the Pipers into the playoffs with a record of 25-12, 15-5 MIAC. Hamline's seed will be determined once the rest of the conference schedule has been completed.
The tournament will be played at Veterans Field in Minnetonka and will be hosted by Augsburg College. The tournament is Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15.Game 1 box score
HU 15 19 2
BU 7 9 5
Matt Mullendore threw four and two-thirds innings en route to picking up his third win of the year as the Pipers took an early lead to defeat the Royals in the opener. Rob Miller and Casey Benford shared the relief honors to finish off the game.
The Pipers scored at least two runs in all but the fourth inning of the game as they tallied 19 hits and capitalized on five Bethel errors.
By the end of the third inning, Hamline held an 8-2 lead on the board. After a scoreless fourth, they added six more runs.
Tony Rogers went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs while Andy Powell was 3-for-5 and had three RBIs. Jordan Buck, Andy King, and J.D. Modrynski each drove in a pair of runs. Modrynski was 3-for-5 at the plate while Cory Miller went 3-for-4 and scored three runs.
The Pipers struck out just three times as a team in the game.Game 2 box score
HU 11 14 0
BU 5 7 2
A scoreless first inning yielded to a run for the Royals in the bottom of the second, but their only lead of the day was short-lived as the Pipers pounded out five hits in the top of the third to score three runs.
Buck got the inning started for the Pipers with a double to center field, and the Piper offense went to work. King hit another double in the next at-bat, scoring Buck. Dan Ellefson and Modrynski then each picked up RBIs on singles.
A Bethel run in the bottom of the inning got the Royals within one at 3-2. Hamline added another run in the fourth, and then scored seven in the final two innings of the game while Bethel managed to add three more, giving the Pipers the six-run win.
Ben Richardson had three RBIs while Miller was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
Rannon Arch came in from the bullpen and picked up his second win of the year. He threw four and one-thirds innings, striking out six without walking a batter.