The Gustavus baseball team swept Hamline 11-2 and 26-2 in St. Peter on Wednesday afternoon. The Gusties now move two wins closer to clinching one of the four MIAC playoff spots. Gustavus pounded out 42 hits and scored 37 runs in the two games. The Gusties improve to 23-13 overall and 11-7 in the MIAC while Hamline falls to 14-22 overall and 7-11 in the MIAC.
In game one, the Gusties used a combination of timely hitting and solid pitching to defeat Hamline 11-2.
Gustavus broke the game open in the second inning when a missed fly ball by the Piper right fielder with two outs led to two Gustie runs. Gustavus scored four runs total in the inning to take a 4-0 lead. A two-run homerun by Tyler Vrieze in the third inning pushed the lead to 6-0. Ben Sherer extended the lead to 11-0 with another two-run homerun in the fifth inning. Josh Spitzack threw a full seven innings for the Gusties shutting out the Pipers through six innings. He limited Hamline to only four hits while walking two and striking out nine.
In game two, the Gusties exploded for 13 runs in the first three innings and never looked back. Tony Konicek contributed a two-run home run and an RBI double in the outburst. Gustavus scored six runs in the first inning, two in the second, five in the third, three in the fourth, seven in the fifth, and three in the sixth. Bryant Rogness, Tony Konicek, Ben Sherer, and Tyler Vrieze all collected four hits. Sherer and Konicek each drove in five runs in the game.
Trent Larson pitched five strong innings for the Gusties scattering five hits and allowing one earned run. He struck out eight and walked one. Jake Hauck pitched the final two innings allowing three hits and one earned run.
The 26 runs scored by the Gusties sets a new school record. The old record was 24 set in 1998 also against Hamline.
Gustavus will host Carleton on Saturday at 1:00pm. The Gusties can assure themselves of an MIAC playoff berth with two wins against the Knights.