The Piper bats continued to boom out west. This time, Eastern Connecticut State, rated No. 9 in the country, felt Hamline's heavy wrath.
Mark Radmacher had a bases loaded triple to key a six-run eighth inning outburst that ended up the difference in a 14-8 win. Hamline moved back within a game of .500 at 8-9 overall. Radmacher was on bases five times. In addition to his triple, he also had a single, a double, a walk and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice and knocked in a season high four runs. Cory Miller, Tyler Johnson and Jordan Rubbelke also had two hits. Cam Smith scored three times ... even though he did not have a hit in the game.
Down 2-0 early, the Pipers scored eight runs in the middle three innings despite having just five hits. But ECSU was doing some heavy swatting of its own. Which is why Hamline led by a mere 8-7 entering the wild bottom of the eighth inning. Hamline sent 12 batters to the plate. Johnson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 9-7. Radmacher then cleared the bases with his triple that made it 12-7. Andy King followed with a RBI double. Evan Cordell, who had entered the game earlier that inning as a pinchrunner, singled home a run to conclude the outburst.
Brett Bugieski, who worked the last 3.2 innings, earned the win in relief.
Hamline finishes its Arizona sojourn Saturday night against Middlebury.