Hamline softball coach Jim Rubbelke said the preseason would be about mixing and matching to find the right formula for conference play. The experimenting continued Wednesday with glimmers of hopes that ended up in a pair of tough losses at Biola to wrap up their California trip. Hamline had three leads in game 1, a 7-6 loss, and grabbed an early lead in the second game as well before BU erupted for an 11-3, five-inning decision.
After a good start, the first game ended as a frustrating affair. The Pipers came out swinging, jumping to a quick 4-0 lead before Biola even got to bat. The first five HU batters reached base. Lauren Clouston drove three of them home with a bases loaded triple and Lauren Turitto followed with a RBI single to right. The Eagles struck back for three runs against losing pitcher Brianna Vela in the third inning. In the fourth, Jenna Dushaw singled and eventually rode home on Katie Koren's double. Biola scored two of its own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game but Clouston hit a solo homer in the fifth to make it 6-5. The Eagles tied it in the bottom of the fifth and won it in the last of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk.
In the nightcap, HU started fast again. Bethany Hine led off the game with a single, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, the Eagles snapped back with four runs in the bottom of the first inning and stretched the lead to 6-1 after three frames. The Pipers rallied for two in the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Allie Ruter and Brittany Bredemus but BU took over from there.
Hamline is 1-11 overall and returns home to prep for the MIAC season that opens March 28 at St. Thomas.
Game 1 Boxscore
Game 2 Boxscore