The Tiger softball team dropped a pair of games on Friday afternoon at Dordt College, falling 2-1 in eight innings and 7-3. The losses drop the Tigers to 11-9 in conference play but with the combination of Friday's GPAC results and future schedule, Doane has qualified for the conference tournament with seeding to be determined.
Game One (L 1-2, 8 inn.)
An error in the seventh inning came allowed Dordt to rally and end a strong pitching performance by Jenna Alswager.
Alswager took a perfect game into the seventh inning but had it broken up by Amber Soodsma's triple to open the frame. However, Alswager was able to get a short fly out and a ground ball to the drawn-in infield to hold Soodsma at third base. A ground ball to second was misplayed and allowed the tying run to score rather than the game ending.
Dordt plated a run on two hits in the eighth to win the game.
Doane's lone run came on a solo home run by Shelby Mendlik in the sixth inning.
Amanda Nikkel threw a three-hitter against the Tigers. Mendlik was joined by Brooke Sampson and Christy Kobza with base hits.
Game Two (L 3-7)
Dordt was able to tag Megan Wingate with seven runs in the first three innings as they pulled away for the victory.
Doane scored in the top of the first inning on three hits. Andrea Gonzales led off the inning with a double but was thrown out at home trying to score on a single by Kobza. Following an error, Kobza scored on a single by Sampson.
Dordt plated runs in the first and second to take a 2-1 lead into the third.
The Tigers answered with a Kobza double to start the third inning and a Mendlik two-run home run to take a 3-2 lead.
The Defenders came back with five runs on five hits in the bottom of the third.
Both teams were held scoreless the rest of the way. Katie Mosley threw 3.1 scoreless innings for the Tigers.
Kobza led the way, going 3-for-4 with two runs for the Tigers. Mendlik was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs. Gonzales added two hits for the Tigers.