Hamline News

May 19, 2011

Pipers force extra innings, fall to Warhawks in 10

 The Hamline University baseball team used a late-game rally to force extra innings against #12-ranked UW-Whitewater before falling 7-6 in their second game of the NCAA regional tournament in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Box score | Photo album
UWW    7   16  3
HU        6   11  0

Hamline is now 29-14 overall and UW-Whitewater is 34-11. Hamline moves on to play UW-Stevens Point, who lost earlier in the day to St. Thomas, on Friday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the elimination game of the regional tournament. A win would put the Pipers in the 4:00 p.m. game against UW-Whitewater, playing for a spot in Saturday’s championship game.

The two teams put together a back and forth scoring battle in which the Pipers overcame a three-run deficit in the eighth inning to force the game into extra innings. Each team put five pitchers on the mound and combined for 27 hits in the 10 innings.

The game was Hamline’s second to require extra innings in as many games at the regional tournament. On Wednesday they used 13 innings to defeat St. Scholastica.

After three scoreless innings of play to open the game today, the next two and a half innings saw eight runs put on the board.

The tournament host Warhawks, who held the spot of the visitors on the scoreboard, struck first with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. Hamline responded in the bottom of the frame by manufacturing a pair of runs.

Jordan Buck hit a one-out single down the right field line and scored Hamline’s first run to tie the game as Andy King knocked a double to left center. With two outs, Dan Ellefson drove in King and then advanced to second on the throw as he hit a single up the middle.

The Warhawks took back the one-run lead in the fifth, scoring two on four hits, but Hamline tied it in the bottom of the inning, drawing back-to-back walks with a pair of runners on base to score.

In the sixth, the Pipers were unable to answer Whitewater runs for the first time, as the Warhawks took a 5-3 lead. Whitewater added another run in the seventh for a 6-3 advantage heading into the eighth.

In the eighth, Hamline led off with a trio of singles from King, Ben Richardson, and Ellefson. Cory Miller then singled and advanced to second as the Whitewater right fielder misplayed the ball. King and Richardson scored on the play, leaving Ellefson on third.

A sacrifice fly to left field by Ryan Hackel brought Ellefson home for the tying run.

A scoreless ninth took the teams into overtime, where a two-out triple followed by an RBI double ultimately gave the Warhawks the win.