Doane Sweeps Northwestern
Doane picked up a pair of key GPAC wins on the road Friday evening, defeating Northwestern College, 2-1 and 6-3. The wins moved the Tiger record to 18-8 overall and 4-0 in the GPAC.
Game One (W 2-1)
Northwestern plated the first run of the game but Chance Brull shut the door on the Red Raiders the rest of the way and finished with a three-hitter.
In the bottom of the first, Northwestern received a double by Clint Gingerich and a single from Taylor Morris for the Red Raider run.
Doane came back with two runs in the second. Mike Albert led off the inning with a single and moved up to second on a single by Mike Korsakas. Anthony Dunn put down a sacrifice but to move the Tiger runners up a base for Jason West. West reached on a fielder's choice as Albert scored to tie the game. Ethan Schroeder followed with a single to give Doane the lead.
Northwestern had a couple of opportunities throughout the game to tie the game but the Tiger defense made the plays that were needed. In the third, Jason West made up for an error by making a throw home to get Steve Englund out at the plate.
Noah Bohlmann led of the fourth with a double for Northwestern but was thrown out as he tried to stretch it into a triple. Nikko Melonas was caught stealing in the sixth to end another potential rally.
In the bottom of the seventh, Brull issued a one-out walk. Following a stolen base, Brull struck out pinch-hitter Mike Shields and induced a ground ball back to the mound for the final out of the game. Brull finished the game with seven strikeouts over seven innings.
Doane posted seven hits in the game, two apiece from Korsakas and Schroeder.
Game Two (W 6-3)
The Tigers scored twice in the first inning and slowly pulled away from the Red Raiders.
Anthony Hincy led off the game with a single and scored on a triple by Austin Tharp. Tharp scored on a single by AJ Spanel.
Northwestern picked up a run in the third following a leadoff double by Cody Groskreutz. Groskreutz came in to score on a pair of groundouts.
Doane got the run back in the fourth as Spanel led off with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
In the fifth, Doane added a pair of runs. With one out, Dylan Flott singled and Hincy doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Tharp and Spanel drew a pair of base on balls with Flott scoring on Spanel's walk. Albert added a sacrifice fly for a 6-1 lead.
Northwestern came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. They posted two runs on three hits.
Doane closed the scoring in the seventh to close out the scoring. Hincy led off with a single and stole second base. He came in and scored on a wild pitch.
Mitch VandenBerge relieved Doane starter Britton Scheele and closed out the seventh inning to pick up his fifth save of the game by throwing a hitless inning and striking out two. Scheele grabbed the win, going six innings and striking out three.
Hincy finished the game with three hits and three runs scored while Spanel had two hits and two RBIs. Doane posted 10 hits in the game.