Hamline University
April 22, 2012

Baseball Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive With Dramatic Sweep Of Gusties

Had William Shakespeare been at Midway Stadium Sunday afternoon, he might have described Hamline's baseball doubleheader with Gustavus this way: All's well that ends well. Indeed, such was the case for the Pipers, who used a pair of rallies for 4-3 and 6-5 wins over Gustavus Adolphus Sunday at Midway Stadium. The Pipers' first MIAC sweep of the season upped their league standard to 4-8 and their overall mark to 13-18.

But these were not games for the faint of heart. In Game 1, a pair of errors opened the door for three first inning GAC runs. HU starting pitcher Dan Ellefson shook off that early misfortune and held the Gusties to two singles the rest of the game. It took a while but his mates rallied. Andy King doubled home a run in the fourth inning and came home on Ryan Hackel's single to make it 3-2. In the fifth, the Pipers combined two walks, a sacrifice bunt and grounder for a run to knot things at 3. In the seventh, Jordan Buck led off with a single, was bunted to second by Ben Richardson and moved to third on Joe Rubbelke's single. That left it to Evan Cordell, who lifted an 0-2 pitch to deep left for a sacrifice fly and the game winning run. Ellefson walked none and fanned three to improve to 3-4 on the season.

Game 2 proved even more dramatic. Helped out by a pair of errors, GAC jumped to a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half. HU then began to peck away. As it turned out, Mark Radmacher was the starting and ending point for the winning rally. In the third, he doubled home a run to get the Pipers on the board at 5-1. In the fourth, King's league-leading sixth triple chased home two more and it was 5-3. In the fifth, HU scored twice without a hit. it started when Ryan Heckel and Buck walked and moved up a base on Ellefson's sacrifice. Richardson's grounder plated a run to make it 5-4. Cordell was then hit by a pitch. A couple of pitches later, Cordell took for second and when the throw got away from the GAC second baseman, Buck raced home with the tying run. 

In the sixth, Radmacher then took matters into his own hands with a line drive homer near the right field foul pole. It was his second longball of the season and it also meant that the Pipers have now won all three of their Midway Stadium appearances on their last at-bat. 

Matt Eickman (3-4), the fourth HU pitcher of the game, worked 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the win and move the Pipers within three games of fourth place Augsburg in the MIAC standings.

And who is the next visitor to Midway Stadium? None other than the Auggies (7-5 in MIAC play), who will be on hand Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. for a doubleheader.

Game 1 boxscore 

Game 2 boxscore