MINNEAPOLIS – The MSOE baseball team coasted through six and a half innings in game two to score a 9-5 victory and secure a doubleheader split with Hamline in a pair of games played late Friday night and early Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Raiders (5-4) and Pipers (2-2) threw the first pitch at 11:30 p.m. in game one on Friday night at the stadium which played host to the most recent Super Bowl. Hamline adapted to quicker to the late start with a 6-2 victory in game one.
Eight different players collected a hit in game two as MSOE burst out with all nine runs between the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Meanwhile, freshman Caleb Willert (1-1) picked up his first collegiate win with 4.0 shutout innings, scattering two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Two walks and a single loaded the bases with just one out in the top of the third inning. Freshman Julian Sonn then opened the scoring with an RBI single. Senior Garrett Willems then followed with a two-run base hit to open a 3-0 lead.
The Raiders tacked on two more runs in a wild fourth inning. Senior Max Kemp led off with a walk and sophomore Joe Gilpin followed with a single. Sophomore Sam Swan then reached on an error, which allowed Gilpin to score. Swan then got in a rundown between first and second base, allowing Kemp to also score on the play.
Junior Nick Gross and Kemp then each drove in a pair of valuable runs in the fifth inning, extending the advantage to 9-0. A single, walk, and error led the base with no outs. Gross then followed with a double to the gap in right-center field to plate a pair of runs. Two batters later, Kemp singled in two more runs.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Hamline struck for five runs, just two earned, to make the game interesting.
The Raider bats were a little sluggish for the late-night start, scraping out three hits in the opener. Despite this, MSOE struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Ryan Newman hit a one-out single and moved to third on an error. Sonn then followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
The Pipers broke open the game with a pair of three-run frames in the third and fourth innings.
Gross then doubled to lead off the fifth inning to pull a run back for the Red & White. Three batters later, Gilpin drove him in with a single.
Junior Sam Crawford (0-1) got the start on the mound, throwing 6.0 innings with three earned runs allowed. He struck out three. Junior Matt Mohapp threw a scoreless seventh inning with a strikeout to close out the game.
The Raiders and Pipers wrap up the game Sunday with a "Sunrise Special", playing the first of two games at U.S. Bank Stadium starting at 5 a.m.