If Andy King and Ben Richardson wanted to start the MIAC season now, one couldn't blame them. Both Pipers are swinging as well as a player can. King improved his season average to .520 and Richardson jumped his to .364 as the Pipers slammed their past Edgewood, 5-3, and 12-6, in a late Friday doubleheader at the Metrodome. Hamline has won three of its last four games to improve to 4-4 overall.
King went 5-for-7 with four runs scored and five RBI while Richardson had four hits and was on base all seven times he came to the plate.
In the opener, HU broke up a scoreless tie with three fourth inning runs. The inning started with three singles to load the bases. Cam Smith hit into a fielder choice to plate one run. An error scored a second run and a wild pitch and a Dan Ellefson ground out produced a third tally. HU added a run in the 6th when King tripled and Richardson doubled him home.and an insurance run in the seventh on pinch-hitter Tyler Johnson's RBI single. Rob Miller went the first 4.1 innings to earn the win with Rannon Arch going the rest of the way to earn the save.
The nightcap wasn't as dramatic. Mark Radmacher's two RBI triple highlighted a four-run 1st inning as HU jumped to an early lead. King deposited his third home run of the young season -- a three-run shot -- in the second inning and Richardson had a two-RBI single as the Pipers exploded for five more in the third
Hamline returns to the Metrodome Wednesday night to face the University of Minnesota. Game time is 6:30 p.m.
Game 1 box score
Game 2 box score