They made quite a 1-2 combo. Jordan Buck did the hitting and Dan Ellefson did the pitching down the stretch as the Pipers' baseball team made a late bid to make the MIAC postseason. The rest of the league's coaches took note and voted the pair in as Hamline's representatives on the 2012 MIAC All-Conference baseball team.
Buck was on fire late in the season, finishing the season with an eight-game hitting streak and tying for the team lead in overall batting average with a .333 mark. He was even better in MIAC play, leading the league in On-Base percentage with a .556 mark. The Apple Valley, Minn. native was third in batting average (.440), fourth in walks 911) and sixth in Slugging Percentage (.620) in MIAC games.
Ellefson rotated between third base and the pitching mound. In the latter spot, he started six games, completing four of them, including a two-hit shutout against St. Olaf in his 2012 swan song. Overall, he led the staff with a sparkling 2.31 ERA, walking just six batters in 62.1 innings worked.
Like Buck, the Burnsville, Minn. native was at his best against MIAC foes. There, he was 2-3 with a 2.04 ERA. His 1.27 BB per 9 inning ratio ranked as the best number among MIAC regular starters.
From the Piper point of view, perhaps, the best news is this: Both are juniors and expected to return in 2013.
In addition to Buck and Ellefson, senior Dylan Olson was named to the Sportsmanship Team.