Doane split two games on Saturday afternoon at the Hastings College Invite, defeating Black Hills State 4-2 and falling to Dana College 14-2 in non-conference action. The Tigers will be back in action on Monday, March 12 when the travel to College of St. Mary in Omaha.
Game One (Doane 4-2)
The Tigers wasted a couple of scoring opportunities early but came through with three runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth to pull out a victory over Black Hills State.
Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Shelly White picked up a single to start the Tiger rally. With Molly Davis on third base after pinch running for White, she scored the Tigers first run of the game when a third strike got away from the BHSU catcher. Whitney Poole advanced to first base on the strike out, catcher's error. Amy Hamik tripled to score Poole and advanced to home on another catcher's error.
In the sixth inning, leading 3-2, Stephanie Mosley singled. Kayla Hochstein pinch ran and stole second base. Alyssa Ledon followed with a one-out single to score Hochstein.
Doane finished the game with six hits. Megan Steele (3-1) picked up the victory while scattering six hits over seven innings. She forced BHSU into 11 ground outs. Jessica Clark took the loss for Black Hills State, allowing four runs.
Game Two (Dana 14-2, 5 innings)
Dana plated seven runs in the first inning to cruise to a 14-2 victory over Doane. The Vikings collected 13 hits and took advantage of three Tiger errors.
Alysia Johnson (2-2) took the loss while allowing nine runs, two earned, over 2.1 innings of work. Steele relieved Johnson but faced the same struggles. She allowed five runs, four earned, while facing six batters. Steele was unable to record an out in the third inning. Joy Vasa relieved Steele and closed out the final 1.2 innings. She did not allow a run.
Pamela Masker collected two of Doane's five hits. She had one of the Tigers' two RBIs while Mosley collected the other.
Dana was paced by Maggie Downs' two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Mindy Schoop picked up the win by scattering five hits and striking out five over five innings of work.