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College baseball: CSS looking for playoff help after split at Hamline

St. Scholastica is tied for the fourth and last MIAC Playoff spot with Concordia-Moorhead, who plays a doubleheader vs. Gustavus Adolphus on Sunday.

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ST. PAUL — St. Scholastica concluded its baseball regular season with a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader split at Hamline on Saturday, which means the Saints will have to watch the scoreboard and the weather to see if they can grab the last spot in the league playoffs next weekend.

The Pipers blanked the Saints 9-0 in the seven-inning opener, but CSS won Game 2 by a 3-1 score. That leaves CSS at 15-17, 10-10 in MIAC play. That puts them mathematically tied with Concordia (9-9) in the MIAC standings, but the Cobbers (who lost twice at Bethel on Saturday) need to make up two games with Gustavus Adolphus on Sunday. The Cobbers would pass the Saints with two wins, though due to predicted bad weather, it's not known if or when that doubleheader would be played. The Cobbers and Saints split in the regular season, and the second tiebreaker is record vs. other tournament qualifiers: CSS is 3-3 and Concordia is 0-4.

The Saints can also be caught from behind by St. Mary's (8-10), which could catch both teams from behind with two wins at Carleton as long as Concordia doesn't split and cause a three-way tie, which CSS would win on the second tiebreaker.

In game one, Zach Brandon held the Saints to three hits in seven innings. Grant Taival took the loss, allowing eight runs (six earned) in five innings. He struck out four.

In the second game, Luke Schemenauer went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Miles Liebren and Zach Harding had two hits apiece. Schemenauer singled in a run in the third, Mitchell Novak singled in a run in the fourth and Jake Schelonka's triple in the seventh made it 3-0.

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T.J. Martin allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings for the win and struck out seven.

The MIAC playoffs begin Thursday at CHS Field in St. Paul.

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