Hamline had flashes of good pitching but struggled at the plate and in the field in losing a season opening doubleheader, 2-1 and 7-1, to U of Dubuque at the Metrodome Sunday night.
In the opener, Matt Mullendore started well, retiring the first six batters he faced. He worked out of jams in the third and fourth inning but was nicked for a two out run in the 5th inning. His teammates managed just two hits until the top of the seventh when they suddenly tied the game. Ben Richardson hit a one out single and Evan Cordell ran for him. Cam Smith was hit by a pitch to send Cordell to second. Dan Ellefson's second hit of the game scored Cordell to get Mullendore off the hook for the decision. In the bottom of the inning, however, the Spartans scraped together a single, a walk, a balk, an intentional walk and, finally, a bases-loaded walk off losing pitcher Rannon Arch to eke out the 2-1 win.
In the night cap, Dubuque jumped to a 4-0 lead only to see the Pipers threaten to make a game of it. In the third, Ryan Hackel led off with a double and eventually scored on Jordan Buck's sacrifice fly. The Spartans got that run back in the 5th. In the bottom of the inning, Hamline loaded the bases but failed to score. The Spartans took advantage of four HU errors to take the win. Andy Weiss, who pitched the four innings, took the loss
Jordan Rubbelke went 3-for-4 to lead the six hit Piper attack.
Hamline, which plays its first 11 games in downtown Minneapolis, returns to the Metrodome Wednesday night to face Bethany Lutheran in a doubleheader. The first game will start at 7:00 p.m.
Game 1 Box score
Game 2 Box score