The Hamline University softball team put together a key MIAC road sweep of St. Olaf College, 9-1 and 3-2, to put themselves in possible playoff position on Tuesday.
The Pipers await confirmation regarding tie-breaker scenarios for the fourth, and final, spot in the MIAC tournament.
Hamline is now 20-16 overall as the Pipers have put together their third 20+ win season in head coach Jim Rubbelke's four-year tenure at the helm.
The Pipers are 14-8 in MIAC to close out conference play. They will host UW-Stout in a non-conference double-header tomorrow, May 4, at 4:00 p.m.Game 1 Box score
HU 9 11 0
STO 1 2 2
The Pipers made their mark on the scoreboard quickly in the opener, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings.
Hamline had four hits and St. Olaf had one error in the opening frame. Lauren Turitto singled in the first run of the game for the Pipers and then scored as Laura Randall drove in two runs with a single.
The Oles' lone run then came in the bottom of the first inning.
In the second inning, the Pipers capitalized on three hits and another St. Olaf error to double their run total. Heidi Larsen picked up an RBI on a single and two runs scored when Erin Farley reached on an error. She earned one RBI on the play.
The Pipers' seventh run of the game came when Lauren Clouston scored on a passed ball in the third.
Their final two runs ultimately shortened the game to five innings, as a trio of hits in the fifth put the Pipers up 9-1. Clouston had a sacrifice fly and Kristi Gravem singled in a run.Game 2 Box score
HU 3 6 0
STO 2 4 2
Hamline had to rebound from an early deficit for the sweep to put themselves into playoff position.
The Oles scored a run in each of the first two innings, taking the 2-0 lead. In the third, the Pipers erased that lead by scoring a pair of runs on two hits and a St. Olaf error.
Bethany Hine led off with a single and promptly scored as Kelsey Tacheny hit a triple. Tacheny scored on the next at-bat while Larsen reached on an error.
The next two innings saw scoreless play before Hamline tallied the game-winning run in the sixth inning. The run scored on a ground-out by Hine.