The Doane baseball team picked up a sweep of the University of St. Mary on Saturday afternoon, claiming the doubleheader 4-2 and 4-1. Doane improved to 3-0 on the season while the Spires start the year at 0-2.
The Spires struck first with a run in the top of the first inning. Following a leadoff walk to Josh Barnes, an error and a balk moved Barnes to third base. A sacrifice fly with one out allowed Barnes to score a run off of starter Chance Brull.
Brull settled in and shut the Spires down over the next four innings. He had multiple strikeouts in four of his five innings of work. Brull struck out the side in the third inning and finished the game with nine strikeouts.
The Tigers got on the board in the fourth inning as they plated three runs. Anthony Dunn led off with a walk and was run for by Nick Renn. Renn stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Following a walk to AJ Spanel, Mike Albert grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Renn. Austin Tharp doubled to give the Tigers runners at second and third base.
St. Mary tried to limit the damage on a ground ball by Ethan Schroeder but the throw home was not in time and Albert scored to give Doane a 2-1 lead. Mike Korsakas followed with a single to load the bases and Jason West delivered the third run of the inning for the Tigers with a base hit.
In the fifth inning, Doane added a run to their lead. Anthony Hincy walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a groundout by Anthony Dunn. He came around to score on an error by the St. Mary's third baseman.
The Spires added a run in the sixth to cut the Doane lead in half but it was not enough as the Tigers closed out the game behind the arm of Mitch VandenBerge. VandenBerge threw two innings and picked up the save as he stuck out four batters and did not allow a hit.
At the plate, Doane was held to four hits but St. Mary was held to a pair of hits.
Doane scored in the first inning to give the Tigers an early lead. Hincy drew a leadoff walk and Dunn was hit by a pitch. Following a sacrifice bunt, Hincy came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Albert.
St. Mary tied the game in the top of the third following a two-out walk to Barnes. Barnes stole second and came around to score on a single by Stephen Maurin.
The Tigers responded in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs. Thomas Albert singled and Hincy doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Spanel singled in Albert while Mike Albert singled in Hincy.
Doane added an insurance run in the sixth. Tharp singled and moved to third on a double by Korsakas. However, Tharp tried to score on the play and was thrown out at the plate. Tyler Lohr ran for Korsakas and came around to score on a single by Jason West.
VandenBerge closed out the seventh inning to record his second save of the day. Tim Carlson picked up the win, going six strong innings. He allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out three.
Spanel and West collected two hits apiece while Albert posted two RBIs. Hincy scored two runs in the game.
Doane will host St. Mary in another doubleheader on Sunday morning, first pitch scheduled for 10 AM.