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12-Run Inning Lifts Tigers

In their final regular season GPAC match-up with the University of Sioux Falls, the Tiger softball team split a doubleheader in Crete with the Cougars. Sioux Falls will be moving to the Northern Sun Conference next year as part of their move to NCAA D2. The Cougars won game one, 14-7, while Doane took the nightcap, 13-1.

Game One (L 7-14)

Each team controlled three innings apiece before Sioux Falls dominated the final inning to pull away with the victory in game one.

Sioux Falls plated two runs in the second and four in the third to jump out to a 6-0 lead after three innings.

Doane picked up a run in the fourth on a solo home run off the bat of Brooke Sampson.

In the fifth, the Tigers plated four runs to pull within a run at 6-5. The inning opened with a single from Kylie Garrett and she moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Katie Mosley. After a passed ball allowed Garrett to move up to third, she came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Deidre Cardoza.

With two down, Andrea Gonzales doubled, a pitch hit Gina Falciani and Shelby Mendlik drew a walk to load the bases for Christy Kobza. Kobza cleared the bases with a double to right center.

The Tigers tied the game at 6-all in the sixth with a double by Garrett and a two-out single by Cardoza.

The seventh inning belong to the Cougars. Elliott Lenz hit a two-run homer to give USF an 8-6 lead. Following a pitching change, USF picked up three consecutive hits to load the bases. There were two errors on the next play that allowed two runs to score. Following a force out at the plate, Noelle Roden opened up the game with a three-run double. Sioux Falls scored eight runs on five hits and three Doane errors in the inning.

Doane added a run in the bottom of the seventh to close out the scoring. Sampson hit a sacrifice fly that scored Falciani.

Doane finished with 11 hits in the game, two apiece from Gonzales, Kobza, Garrett and Cardoza. Kobza posted three RBIs while Sampson and Cardoza had two each. Garrett led the Tigers with two runs scored.

Megan Wingate took the start and went 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Jenna Alswager finished with the loss, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks. She struck out five batters. Garrett allowed six unearned runs on four hits and a walk.

Game Two (W 13-1)

Doane need one inning to blow open the game early.

The Tigers picked up a run in the first inning by taking advantage of a hit by pitch. Gonzales stole second base and came in to score on a single by Kobza.

Doane exploded for a season-high 12 runs in the second inning as 17 batters came to the plate. Garrett opened the inning with a single and moved up to second following a walk by Cardoza. Alyssa Maraia laid down a sacrifice bunt and the floodgates opened for the Tigers.

Alswager singled to plate Garrett and Cardoza. Gonzales singled down the left field line and Falciani singled to center, bringing in Alswager following an error on the throw in from the outfield. Kobza singled to plate Gonzales and Falciani.

Sampson was hit by a pitch and Mendlik singled to bring Kobza around for a 7-0 lead. Garrett smacked a three-run home run to give the Tigers a 10-run lead.

Cardoza kept the Tigers going with a single and she moved to second on an error as Maraia reached base. Alswager singled to drive in Cardoza for another run. Gonzales added a single to load the bases. Falciani added a singled to plate the final two runs in the frame. Every Tiger started scored at least one run in the second inning.

Sioux Falls picked up their lone run in the top of the third. Mendlik shut the door on the Cougars, finishing with a three-hitter and five strikeouts.

Doane totaled 12 hits, two each off the bats of Gonzales, Falciani, Kobza, Garrett and Alswager. Garrett went 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs in the second inning alone. Kobza and Alswager joined Garrett with three RBIs.