For three and a half hours, Hamline's baseball offense puttered, scoring just two runs on six hits in 12 innings. In a span of about 15 minutes, however, everything changed dramatically. The bats turned golden and the Pipers exploded for six runs in one inning to earn an 8-3 victory in game 2 of a doubleheader with Augsburg at Midway Stadium. The second game comeback offset a 5-0 loss in the lidlifter and left the Pipers with a 14-19 overall mark, 5-9 in the MIAC.
HU trailed 3-2 entering the last of the sixth inning in the dramatic finale. Tyler Johnson started things with a single and moved to second when Andy King did likewise. Mark Radmacher then lined a two strike double to right to score both runners and give Hamline their first lead of the day. Jordan Buck followed with a single that scored Radmacher to make it 5-3. Cam Smith ran for Buck, a move that would late prove crucial. A grounder moved Smith to second. After a fly out, Cory Miller was safe on an error by the Augsburg second baseman. He advanced to second when Smith, running all the way, kicked the ball out of the glove of the Augsburg catcher for the fifth run of the inning. Jordan Rubbelke singled Miller home with the final run.
That was more than enough for HU pitcher Casey Benford (2-0), who scattered five hits (one walk, five strikeouts) for the complete game win. All four of Hamline's win at Midway Stadium this year have come in their last at-bat.
It was a much better verdict than the opener. HU was held to three singles, two by Rubbelke. Matt Eickman went the first 6.2 innings and took the loss.
Hamline, which plays a non-conference game at Minnesota-Morris Wednesday, is two games out of the final playoff spot with six MIAC games remaining. They will play their road league games of the year at Concordia.
Game 1 boxscore
Game 2 boxscore