In the first 23 innings of the season, Hamline managed just three runs. In the span of nine batters, they doubled that total. The Pipers used that big third inning outburst to defeat Bethany Lutheran, 11-2, to win their first game of 2012 in the finale of a Wednesday night doubleheader at the Metrodome.
Hamline is 1-3 overall and gave head coach Jason Verdugo his 199th career victory.
It was a 1-1 game when HU erupted in the third inning. 11 batters came to the plate in all with Ben Richardson and Cory Miller contributing two RBI singles. In the 4th inning, the Vikings scored once but Andy King, who had singled and doubled earlier in the game, replied quickly with the first Hamline homer of the season, an arching drive to left center field. Two walks, a hit batter, a fielder's choice and a Ryan Hackel RBI single produced three more rune before the inning ended.
Rob Miller allowed only a pair of unearned runs in his 3.2 inning start. Tim Kohlmann (1-0), who replaced Miller and went 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, earned the victory. Rannon Arch and Dan Ellefson also worked scoreless innings of relief.
It quickly blotted out the memory of a 4-1 loss in the first game.
In the opener, the Pipers didn't get a runner on base until Dan Ellefson led off the sixth inning with an infield single. Miller was hit by a pitch and both runners moved up a base on a grounder but could get no farther. In the 7th, Radmacher and King chased BLC starter Aaron Siefken with back-to-back singles to open the inning. An error loaded the bases with nobody out. Ellefson plated one run with a deep sacrifice fly. Miller then walked to reload the bases. But Hackel bounced out to end the game.
Matt Eickman (0-1), who pitched the first four innings, took the loss.
Hamline returns to action next Monday, Feb. 27 at the Metrodome when they face Wisconsin-Stout in a doubleheader. The first game will begin at 9:45 p.m.
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score