Hamline University

Piper Manufacture Run When It Matters For 7-6 Win at UM-Morris

Play baseball long enough and you will see just about everything. How about a rally in which the winning run was scored without a hit or the ball leaving the infield? That's what happened Wednesday at Cougar Field as Hamline pushed across a run for a 7-6 win over host Minnesota-Morris.

The Pipers did plenty of hitting, with every starter getting at least one of the dozen hits off recorded six UMM pitchers. Jordan Rubbelke, whose at-bat led to the winning run, went 2-for-5 with two RBI to up his batting average to .345. Cam Smith and Jacob Dahl had two hits apiece and Dan Ellefson drove in a pair of runs for HU, which has four of their last five games to stand 15-19 overall. 

UMM scored twice in the first inning for an early lead. But HU rebounded to score the next six runs. Ellefson had the biggest blow, a two-RBI triple in the seventh inning. When Rubbelke doubled to lead off the next inning and scored to make it 6-2, HU looked in pretty good shape. But the Cougars rallied for four runs to knot things at 6 entering the ninth.

Ellefson led off with a walk and was bunted to second by Ben Richardson. Dahl was hit by a pitcher. After Cory Miller popped out, Rubbelke was safe on an error that allowed Ellefson to score the winning run.

Rannon Arch came on to record a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth in relief of Michael Robohm (who went five innings and got the win) to earn his second save of the year. 

Hamline, 5-9 in the MIAC, now heads to Concordia Saturday for a conference double dip that begins at 1:00 p.m. They finish up the regular season next week with home pairs against St. Mary's (May 2)  and St. Olaf (May 5).

Minnesota-Morris boxscore