April 14, 2012

Two Strike Swings Key Piper SB Split With Scots

It's one of the oldest adages in softball. With two strikes on you, just get the ball in play and see what happens. In the case of Hamline's Bethany Hine and Laura Randall, their two strike swings spelled the difference in a 2-1 win over Macalester and a split of a Saturday doubleheader at Meredith Field.

The Scots rallied from a six-run deficit to win a wild opening game, 10-8.

HU was trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth with two outs when Brittany Bredemus, who has a four-game hitting streak, singled and stole second. Hine, who leads the Pipers with a .372 batting average, then drove a 2-2 pitch down the right field line to score Bredemus to tie the game. In the sixth, Cecily Abbadessa doubled to stretch her hitting streak to seven games in a row. Cassie Lopez ran for Abbadessa and was promptly bunted to third. That brought up Randall, who also ran the count to 2-2 before lifting a fly to right deep enough to plate Lopez. Lauren Clouston retired 13 of the last 14 batters she faced to finish with a four-hitter and the CG win.

The win marked the second straight split of a doubleheader and moved Hamline's overall mark to 3-23, 2-10 in the MIAC. It also erased the sting of the first game, which saw Hamline jump to a 7-1 lead after three innings and take an an 8-e edge into the seventh only to the see the Scots score seven times.

Hine and Clouston had two hits and two RBI each. Abbadessa and Randall added triples.

Hamline is busy next week. They will play at St. Benedict Tuesday before returning to Meredith Field to host St. Olaf Thursday, April 19 (3:30 p.m.) and Augsburg on Saturday, April 21 (1:00 p.m.).

Game 1 boxscore

Game 2 boxscore