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Pipers defeat #7 Saints in NCAA debut

The teams book-ended the regulation innings with a run apiece, and the Hamline University baseball team went on to defeat #7-ranked St. Scholastica, 3-2, in 13 innings during their debut at the NCAA regional tournament.

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Hamline is now 29-13 overall and St. Scholastica is 35-6. Hamline moves on to play UW-Whitewater on Thursday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the second round. They will play again on Friday, their opponent and time determined by Thursday’s games.

Cass Kreitlow threw 12 innings for the win while Rannon Arch tossed the 13th inning for the save. Kreitlow

Andy Powell was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this season to lead-off for the Pipers.

That soon led to Hamline’s first run in NCAA regional play as he made his way to third on a pair of ground outs. Andy King then tallied his team-leading 37th RBI of the year as a he hit a single down the third base line that scored Powell.

That would be the only run scored until the bottom of the ninth inning when the Saints scored a run.

The teams exchanged runs in the 12th inning, Hamline’s run coming as Tony Rogers picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice when he beat out the double-play attempt at first.

In the 13th inning, Ben Richardson became Hamline’s first base runner as he hit a two-out single up the middle. He then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Dan Ellefson added another single up the middle and Richardson charged home from second, beating out the throw that bounced off of the back of the pitcher’s mound. Ellefson was then thrown out at home as he attempted to score.

Arch came in to close out the game, forcing the Saints into a ground out and fly out before he caught the final batter of the game looking.