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Doane's 15 Hits Leads to 9-4 Win

The Tiger softball team came away with a split on Tuesday afternoon against Northwestern College, claiming the first game behind 15 hits. Northwestern was the home team in both games even though the games were played in Crete because they were originally scheduled for Orange City.

Game One (W 9-4)
Six players had multi-hit games for the Tigers as Doane came away with a five run victory.

Northwestern scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Rachel Harris drew a one-out walk and moved to second on an infield single by Kala Kuhlmann with two down in the inning. Glory Benson picked up a single to center field for the RBI hit to drive in Harris.

Doane answered in the top of the fourth with three runs. With two outs, Kylie Garrett tripled to plate Christy Kobza as she had reached on a single. Amber Stater followed with a single to drive in Garrett to take a one-run lead. The inning was capped as Deidre Cardoza doubled to left field to bring in Stater.

Northwestern came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run home run by Jordan Biehle.

Both teams plated a run in the sixth inning. Doane picked up their run thanks to a pair of Red Raider errors. Garrett singled with one down. She stole second base and moved up to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Kuhlmann picked up the ball and tried to get Garrett at third but threw it out of play and Garrett was awarded home for the 4-3 lead. Northwestern's run came on an error as well as Jenna Alswager made an errant throw to first that went into the dugout and Alex Price was awarded home plate.

Doane came back with three hits to open the seventh, two for extra bases. Shelby Mendlik doubled to open the inning and scored on a RBI-single by Brooke Sampson. Sampson moved to third on a double by Kobza. Alyssa Maraia followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a two-run lead.

Following a single by Garrett that moved Kara Riesen, running for Kobza, to third base, Stater hit a sacrifice fly for the Tigers. Cardoza singled to move Garrett to third and Andrea Gonzales singled to plate another run. Cardoza scored the final run of the inning as she moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on an wild throw by the catcher.

Mendlik went the distance for the Tigers, throwing seven innings. She allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits and struck out four.

Kobza and Garrett had three hits apiece with Garrett scoring three runs. Stater finished with two RBIs. Gonzales, Mendlik, Sampson and Cardoza had two hits apiece.

Game Two (L 2-6)
The Tiger bats were held in check in game two by Red Raider pitcher Keely Bracelin. Bracelin held the Tigers to five hits while also providing a spark for the offense.

All of Northwestern's runs and RBIs came from the 4-8 hitters. The other four batters in the line-up were a combined 0-12 at the plate.

Alswager took the loss for Doane, allowing three runs, two earned, in four innings. Megan Wingate allowed three runs, none of them earned, in two innings.

Doane's two runs came in the seventh inning but they also missed out on an opportunity in the fourth. In the fourth, the Tigers had runners at second and third with one out and the bases loaded with two outs but were unable to push across a run.

The Red Raiders opened up the game in the bottom of the sixth on a close play with two outs. A squib-hit by Lindsey Remien was originally ruled as an out but following an appeal, it was ruled the Katie Mosley's foot was pulled off the bag on the throw to first. A run scored on the play and Bracelin promptly followed with a two-run home run.

Doane came back with their two runs on three Northwestern errors. Brianna Dickinson and Garrett scored the two runs with Gonzales having the lone RBI in the inning.