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Doane Splits at Friends Invite

The Tiger softball team made another trip to Kansas this week to take part in the Friends University Invite. The two-day invite covered Friday and Saturday but the Tigers only played on the second day. Doane split the two games they played, falling to Bethany College, 9-0, and defeating Ottawa University, 6-4.

Bethany (L 9-0)
Bethany College plated five runs in the final inning to pull away from the Tigers for a 9-0 win. Doane was limited to four hits in the game.

The Swedes scored a single run in the third and fourth innings off of starter Shelby Mendlik. Mendlik threw four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Kylie Garrett replaced Mendlik and allowed two runs in two innings on three hits and two walks. Alyssa Maraia threw the final inning, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk.

At the plate, Andrea Gonzales had a pair of hits for the Tigers. Christy Kobza and Amber Stater also picked up a single each. Kara Riesen ran for Stater in the seventh and picked up a stolen base.

Ottawa (W 6-4)
The Tigers rallied from behind in the latter innings to hand Ottawa University their first loss of the season and in process, pick up the first Doane win, 6-4.

Ottawa struck first with a run in the top of the second inning but Doane came back in the bottom of the inning with a run to tie the game. Shelby Mendlik hit a solo home run, her second of the season.

The Braves plated a pair of runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Doane answered with a four runs in the fifth to take the lead for good.

Alyssa Maraia led off with a single and was run for by Jenny Jackson. Diedra Cardoza doubled to move Jackson to third with no outs. Andrea Gonzales followed with a RBI-ground out to pull Doane within a run. Cardoza came around to score on a dropped fly ball that put Gina Falciani on base. Following a sacrifice bunt, Brooke Sampson delivered a double to score Falciani to give Doane the lead. Sampson came around to score on a single by Mendlik.

In the sixth, Kylie Garrett hit a home run to extend the Doane lead to 6-3. Ottawa plated a run in the top of the seventh to close out the scoring.

Mendlik and Garrett had two hits apiece for the Tigers. Four other players added base hits as the Tigers totaled eight in the game.

Jenna Alswager picked up the win, going seven innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. She struck out two batters and did not give up a walk.