Doane Sweeps Briar Cliff to Open GPAC
Doane opened up conference play on Tuesday afternoon with a make-up doubleheader with Briar Cliff in Crete. The Tigers posted 22 runs and 27 hits en route to a pair of GPAC victories, 11-2 and 11-1. Doane improves to 16-7 overall on the season.
Game One (W 11-2)
The Tigers scored a run in all but one inning as they pulled away for their first conference win. Doane also had a solid pitching performance by a pair of Tigers.
To open the game, Shane Richins drew a lead off walk against Nick Dawson. Dawson walked two in the inning but erased Richins off the base path with a pick-off.
In the bottom of the first, Anthony Hincy led off with a triple to left field. Two batters later, Hincy came in to score on a sacrifice fly by AJ Spanel.
Doane added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Mike Korsakas and Jason West had a pair of one-out singles. Korsakas then moved up to third base on a wild pitch and came in to score for the Tigers on a throwing error by BCU catcher, Travis Evgen. West moved up to second on the play. With two outs, Thomas Albert reached on an error and West moved to third. Albert stole second base and West came in to score for the Tigers on a throwing error by Evgen.
In the top of the fourth, Briar Cliff received a pair of one-out walks to put two runners on base. Dawson received help from his defense as Spanel gloved a ball up the middle and tossed to Hincy at second for a force out and Hincy's relay throw to first was dug up by West for the double play.
The momentum carried over to the bottom of the inning as Doane added two runs to go ahead, 5-0. With two outs and West on first base following a single, Thomas Albert singled off the foot of the pitcher, Craig Harris. Following a double steal, Hincy had an infield single to score West. Hincy stole second and on the throw down to second, Albert broke for home for the second double steal of the inning.
Briar Cliff put two runs on the board in the fifth. Following a pair of walks to open the inning, the Chargers' CJ Hunt put down a sacrifice but to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Dawson picked up a strikeout but then had Andrew Benton took a pitch and delivered a two-run single to center. Benton stole second to get into scoring position, however, Dawson struck out David Kowal for the final out.
The Tigers backed Dawson in the bottom of the inning by getting the two runs back and adding three more to their previous lead to go ahead 10-2. With two outs and a pair of runners on base, West singled to right center to drive in Mike Albert and Austin Tharp. Ethan Schroeder walked and Thomas Albert singled to drive in West and move Schroeder to third. Thomas Albert stole second, his fourth steal of the game, and scored along with Schroeder on a single by Hincy.
Doane added a run in the bottom of the sixth as Korsakas singled to drive in Mike Albert. Albert opened the inning with a double to left center.
Nick Dawson picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the season. He allowed two runs on two hits and six walks while striking out six. Chance Brull threw the final two innings and allowed one run and one walk while striking out three.
At the plate, West went 4-of-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Hincy added three hits and three RBIs. The Tigers posted 15 hits in the first game.
Game Two (11-1, 6 innings)
Doane plated three in the first inning and eventually pulled away for a six-inning victory. The Tigers also received a complete game from Nathan Roth.
Mike Albert put the Tigers on the board with a RBI-single down the left field line to plate Hincy. With two outs, Korsakas singled to right field to bring in Spanel and move Albert to third. Albert came in to score on a wild pitch.
Doane added a pair of runs in the fourth. Korsakas singled and West doubled to open the inning. Following a fly out, Thomas Albert walked to load the bases. Hincy singled to bring Korsakas in and Anthony Dunn grounded out to plate West.
Briar Cliff cut into the Tiger lead with an unearned run in the sixth. With runners at the corners, Roth made an errant throw to first and allowed John Elliot to score for the Chargers.
The Tigers closed the game out in the sixth with six runs on four hits and no outs recorded. Briar Cliff made a pitching change and Doane jumped on Seth Thomas. With the bases loaded, West scored on a wild pitch. Hincy reached on a fielder's choice as Schroeder slide under the tag attempt to score for Doane. Dunn followed with a single to bring Thomas Albert in for the third run of the inning.
With Dylan Flott running for Dunn, Spanel delivered a triple to bring in a pair of runs. Briar Cliff changed pitchers to try to shut the Tigers down and extend the game. However, Beau Brown's first pitch to Mike Albert was ripped into right field to plate Spanel and end the game on the 10-run rule.
Doane finished the game with 12 hits. Five Tigers had multi-hit games: Hincy, Dunn, Spanel, Albert and Korsakas. The top four in the order had two RBIs each.
Roth threw six innings, scattering seven hits and a walk. He struck out four hitters.
Doane will take on the University of Nebraska on Wednesday at 1:35 PM in Lincoln. The match-up is the first between the Tigers and Huskers since 1992.