10-0: Doane Remains Unbeaten in GPAC
Doane baseball moved into uncharted territory after sweeping a pair of games against Dakota Wesleyan University. Doane improved to 10-0 in the GPAC, the first time in school history that the Tigers have moved this far into conference play undefeated. Doane is now 25-8 overall.
Game One (W 11-1, 5 inn.)
Nick Dawson threw a two-hitter on Saturday in game one and was lifted by a big first inning. Dawson struck out eight and allowed one earned run.
Doane plated eight runs in the first inning and cruised to a five-inning victory. The inning opened with an error and eight hits and two more errors later, Doane had a large lead. Austin Tharp had two RBI-singles in the inning.
Dawson came out after the big lead and struggled to open the inning, loading up the bases without recording an out. He was able to fight back and record back-to-back strikeouts before a walk allowed a run in.
Doane came back with two runs in the bottom of the second. Anthony Hincy had a two-run single to plate Dylan Flott and Ethan Schroeder.
The Tigers' final run came in the fourth. Jason West opened the inning with a triple and scored on a single by Schroeder.
The game ended with Dawson striking out a pair of hitters.
Six players, the top third and bottom third of the Doane batting order, finished with two hits apiece for the Tigers. Hincy finished with three RBIs while Tharp and Schroeder had two each.
Game Two (W 9-0)
Another big first inning, combined with strong pitching from Nathan Roth, lifted Doane to another victory.
Roth threw a shutout, allowing four hits and striking out six. He lowered his team-leading ERA to 1.00 on the season as he improved to 5-0.
Mike Albert got the scoring started in the first inning with a two-run double that brought in Hincy and AJ Spanel. Jason West had a RBI-triple in the inning and Ethan Schroeder had a sacrifice fly as well as Doane jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
In the third inning, DWU drew a leadoff walk and following a sacrifice bunt, the Tigers in blue had a runner in scoring position. Anthony Dunn made a catch behind home plate for the second out on a pop out and Schroeder made a diving catch on a ball lined towards the third base line to end the inning.
Doane added three runs in the sixth to open up their lead. Thomas Albert scored on a ground out by Hincy for the first run. Mike Albert added a two-run single to plate Tyler Lohr and Tharp.
Following a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, Roth picked up a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to second base to end the game.
Mike Albert was the only Tiger hitter to record a multi-hit game, finishing with two of the team's seven. He also had four RBIs and a run scored.
Doane will host Morningside College on Tuesday in a battle for first place in the conference. The game is a make-up of a doubleheader from late-March and two games separate the two teams in the conference standings.