Hamline News

May 13, 2011

Pipers come from behind to defeat Scots in MIAC opener

On the opening day of the MIAC tournament, the Hamline University baseball team played a thriller against Macalester College, coming back in the ninth inning to defeat the Scots, 4-3.

Box scoreHU     4   10  0
MAC   3   10  2

The Scots held the home spot on the scoreboard and the #2 seed in the tournament after ending the regular season as co-champions with St. Thomas. They opened the game by scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning, using a trio of hits to score the run.

The Pipers tied up the game in the fourth, as Jordan Buck led off the inning by hitting a ball off of the Macalester pitcher's shin. He advanced to second when Andy King reached on a fielding error during a sacrifice bunt attempt.

On the next at-bat, Dan Ellefson singled to center field, and Buck scored as he plowed past the play at the plate.

In the next inning, the Scots tallied a pair of runs to take a 3-1 lead.

Hamline added a run in the sixth to get within one, as Buck led off with a single. Andy King followed that up with another single and the pair advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Ben Richardson.

Buck scored his second run of the game as Ellefson picked up his second RBI on a fielder's choice.

Hamline continued to trail, 3-2, heading into the top of the ninth inning. With runners on first and second, a ball hit by Andy Powell squirted over the first baseman's glove, driving in Cory Miller.

King then singled in the go-ahead run with a shot to right field, giving Hamline the 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

That run stood up for the win as reliever Rannon Arch struck out a trio of Scots to end the game.

Arch threw four and two-thirds innings, striking out eight batters and walking none. He scattered three hits.

Hamline's overall record is now 26-12 while Macalester is 25-13.

The Pipers will next play tomorrow, Saturday, May 14th, at 2:00 p.m. versus St. Thomas. The Tommies defeated Saint John's earlier in the day in the other first round game, 1-0. The game will be played at Veterans Field at Minnetonka High School.