The Gustavus baseball team split its MIAC doubleheader at Hamline on Wednesday winning game one 3-0 and losing game two 9-8 in 11 innings. Cody Sukalski led the Gusties in the first game as he pitched a five-hit complete game shutout, while also going 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and one RBI. Gustavus is now 12-19 overall and 8-10 in league play.
In game one, Cody Sukalski was the story for the Gusties as he pitched his second complete game shutout in a week. The senior from Blue Earth, Minn. scattered five hits, while striking out five. He did not walk a batter. Gustavus got all the offense it would need in the top of the fifth inning when Mitch Johnson smacked a bases-loaded single to left field scoring Timmy Miller and Max Laureano. The Gusties picked up an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Sukalski ripped a triple to center field that scored Mike Holbrook. Sukalski allowed four of the Pipers five hits in the first three innings and then retired 13 straight batters before allowing a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sukalski improves to 3-3 on the season with a 3.72 earned run average.
In game two, Gustavus scored at least one run in the first six innings on its way to an 8-0 lead, but the Pipers rallied to score twice in the bottom of the fifth and six times in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 8-8. The game remained tied until the 11th inning when Hamline’s Ryan Hackel stroked a two-out double to left field scoring J.D. Modrynski with the winning run. Kellen Euerle led Gustavus at the plate with three hits in four at-bats with a run scored and one RBI.