Before the season, HU baseball coach Jason Verdugo thought his pitching staff would be one of the team's strengths. Games like Tuesday's 2-1 win over Carthage in Tucson, Arizona was what he had in mind. Dan Ellefson threw a complete game, nine-inning nine-hitter and Hamline broke a tie in the eighth inning to even their season record at 7-7. Ellefson walked none and fanned six in throwing the Pipers' second consecutive complete game.
Ben Richardson and Daniel Zurbey each had two hits as part of a eight-hit attack for HU's win over the Red Men, ranked 13th in the March 20 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association D3baseball.com poll.
Richardson's RBI double in the third inning provided the game's only run for seven innings. Ellefson did not allow a runner past second base until giving up a two-triple in the eighth inning. A subsequent double tied the score at 1-1 but HU untied it for good in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Richardson singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Johnson walked. Zurbey singled to load the bases. Jordan Rubbelke's grounder scored Richaredson with the go-ahead run. Ellefson gave up a two-out single but got the final batter to look at strike three to end the game.
For the season, Ellefson now has a 2-1 won-loss mark with a 1.29 ERA. This was his first start after six relief appearances.
Hamline will play a doubleheader Wednesday. They will face Wis-Superior and then make up Sunday's rainout with Luther.