The playoff-bound Hamline University softball team split a non-conference double-header in their final games of the regular-season, winning 5-3 before falling 17-8 in six innings at home against UW-Stout.
With the split, the Pipers are now 21-17 overall and the Blue Devils are 17-23.
Hamline's next games will be in the MIAC tournament. The Pipers will hold the #4 seed in the tournament and will play the #1 seed St. Thomas on Friday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. The game will be at St. Thomas, one of the two host sites of the tournament.
Hamline will then play again at 5:00 p.m. They will play either #2 seed Gustavus Adolphus or the #3 seed Saint Mary's, depending on the outcome of the 2:30 p.m. games. That game will be played at either St. Thomas or Bethel, also dependant on the outcome of the earlier games.Game 1 Box score
STOUT 3 7 0
HU 5 6 0
Hamline's first run of the game came in the second inning, as Jackie Brigl doubled in Laura Randall. That would be the only run during the opening three innings of play.
After that, the two teams peppered the base paths with runners and the scoreboard with runs.
Each team scored one run in the fourth, Hamline's on a solo homer by Randall over the fence in left center.
In the fifth, Stout tallied a pair of runs on three hits, taking a 3-2 lead.
That lead only lasted through the inning break, as Anna Peterson homered to nearly the same spot that Randall hit an inning before.
The score remained tied 3-3 until the Pipers recorded a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. With a pair of runners in scoring position, Brigl singled and drove in the two runs for the eventual 5-3 win.
Brianna Vela pitched three innings in relief for the win.Game 2 Box score
STOUT 17 15 4
HU 8 10 5
The teams started off the high-scoring second game by putting a total of four runs on the board in the first inning, coming out of it tied 2-2.
The Pipers tallied one run in the second, and would hold on to that 3-2 lead until the Blue Devils put together a five-run fourth on a trip of hits and a Hamline error.
In that inning, the designated player Hannah Sweet tallied two RBIs with a double to lead Stout.
Hamline answered with three in the bottom of the fourth as Heidi Larsen knocked a three-run shot over the center field fence, but that only pulled Hamline to within one run, 7-6.
The Blue Devils attempted to shorten the game in the fifth inning as they batted around and scored seven runs on six hits and two Hamline errors. Four of the runs came as Sweet hit a home run to go with her double, as well as a single from the first inning. She ended the game a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
By the end of the inning, the Blue Devils led 14-6.
Hamline delayed the early end to the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame. However, Stout scored three unanswered runs in the six, preventing the playing of the seventh inning.
Vela took the loss in the second game for the Pipers.