It's a matchup worthy of prime time. Hamline's baseball team opens up MIAC play against St. Thomas on Saturday, March 31 at the Metrodome. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
The Pipers enter with an 8-10 overall record against rugged competition. The non-conference slate included a 16-inning loss to the University of Minnesota as well as victories over two top 25 teams in Carthage and Eastern Connecticut State. UST is 12-4 overall.
HU has a .282 team batting average, finishing their Arizona trip by scoring 41 runs in their last four games and has several players among the league leaders in offense.. HU left fielder Andy King leads the MIAC in Slugging Percentage (.797), Home Runs (4), Total Bases (51), Runs Batted In (25) and is tied for the lead in Triples (4). He is also second in Hits with 25 and is fifth in Batting Average with a .391 mark. Right fielder Cam Smith leads in Runs with 19 despite batting in the ninth spot in the order. Jordan Buck leads in Walks with 16 and Cory Miller has been plunked by pitches a remarkable 14 times.
In the recent MIAC coaches' poll, UST drew the top position with the Pipers picked for second place. A year ago, HU won four of five head-to-head meetings en route to winning the MIAC postseason title, a school record 29 victories and a first-ever win in the NCAA tournament.
Fans attending Saturday's twinbill should enter through Gate F. There will be a $5 admission charge. Free parking is available in the Metrodome parking lot. If you cannot attend the games, you can follow the games online by clicking here.
This livestats link is also listed on the baseball website.
Hamline continues MIAC action April 4 with a doubleheader at Bethel.