MINNEAPOLIS – The MSOE baseball team allowed just one earned run over 14 innings in sweeping Hamline 3-2 and 6-2 in a pair of early-morning games Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Raiders (7-4) took 3-of-4 from the Pipers (2-4) in the weekend series at the home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and Super Bowl LII.
Senior Michael Boehmer (2-0) did not allow an earned run over 6.2 innings of game one, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out three. Hamline scraped together a pair of two-out, unearned runs in the seventh before sophomore Nathan Tremore came on to induce a game-ending ground ball and pick up the save.
Neither team was getting much going at the plate until the fifth inning when MSOE broke through for the game's first score. Freshman Julian Sonn led off with a double and senior Garrett Willems followed with a single to make it 1-0.
The Raiders would add to their lead in the sixth when an error and a walk put a pair of runners on base. A long fly ball moved both runners into scoring position and senior Jimmy Carrington came up with a two-run single up the middle.
Those runs would prove valuable, as a two-out error in the top of the seventh extended the inning and plated a run for the Pipers. With second life, they then singled in a second run. Tremore retired the final hitter of the game, stranding the tying run on first.
Boehmer's win was the school-record 16th of his career.
At the plate, Sonn finished with a pair of doubles to lead the charge.
Taking the mound in game two as freshman Brad Demkovich (2-0), who threw a three-hit shutout in his collegiate debut Feb. 27 in Florida. This time out, he was nearly as good, going the distance again with 7.0 inning, scattering four hits and allowing just one earned run.
MSOE gave their rookie hurler an early lead to work with, scoring two times in the top of the first inning. Senior Ryan Newman drew a lead-off walk and worked his way to third via a wild pitch and ground out. He came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Carrington. Sonn followed with a single, moved up on another wild pitch, and made it 2-0 on another RBI single by Willems.
Hamline came right back and capitalized on an error to put the lead-off hitter on third base after an infield single. A second-straight single to open the frame made it 2-1 before Demkovich battled back for a double play and strikeout to limit the damage.
The Raiders added to their lead after Carrington led off the fifth inning with a double and, two batters later, took third on a wild pitch. After a walk, a groundout by senior Owen Burnikel plated Carrington.
Carrington then put the game out of reach with his second home run of the season in the sixth inning. Sophomore Joe Gilpin hit a one-out triple and Newman walked. Carrington then launched a home run to left field to open up a 6-1 lead.
Demkovich faced just one over the minimum in working the second through sixth innings. He got a little loose in the seventh inning, allowing a one-out single followed by a pair of wild pitches to put the runner on third. A long fly ball scored the run but, after a hit batter, Demkovich induced a game-ending ground ball to close out the game.
Carrington, Sonn, and Gilpin finished with two hits apiece while Carrington drove in four runs.
The Raiders get a break before returning to the field March 24 at future NACC-foe Illinois Tech for a doubleheader in Chicago.