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Garrett Throws No-Hitter in Sweep

Doane College picked up a sweep of Mount Marty College on Sunday, April 7, in softball action with a pair of eight-run victories. Highlighting the afternoon was the complete game, no-hitter, thrown by Kylie Garrett '14 (Lincoln) in game two. Doane out-slugged the Lancers in the first game as they picked up a 12-4 win. After allowing a run in the top of the first inning, Doane came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Brooke Sampson delivered a two-run double to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

In the second, Doane extended their lead with four runs on three hits. Aisha Lee laid down a safety-squeeze bunt to plate the first run. Nichole Diaz followed with a RBI-single and two runs scored on a double by Shelby Mendlik. Lee added to her RBI total in the third with a single to score Amber Alvarez as she led off the inning with a double. The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fourth, one on a triple by Sampson and another on a single by Alvarez.

With Doane leading 9-1, the Tigers had a chance to end the game early with the mercy rule but Mount Marty had other plans. The Lancers scored three runs in the top of the fifth to extend the game. Sophia Lopez and Olivia Rodriguez had RBIs in the inning for Mount Marty. Mendlik hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the fifth, estimated as the longest hit home run at the Tigers' home field that opened in 2007.

The Tigers enforced the mercy rule in the sixth as they added two runs to build the eight-run advantage. Sampson doubled in the first run and Samantha Arlt picked up her first RBI of the season with a two-out single up the middle. Megan Wingate picked up her first win (1-7) of the season for the Tigers as she went five innings and allowed two earned runs on nine hits while striking out one. Kelsey Huenink threw one perfect inning in relief. Sampson went 3-for-3 with a run scored and four RBIs to lead the offense. Mendlik was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Doane finished the game with 14 hits as a team.

In game two, Kylie Garrett worked around five walks as she pitched her first no-hitter for the Tigers. It was the first no-hitter since Jennifer Liddell turned the trick against Dakota Wesleyan in 2009.

Doane aided Garrett's effort early on with three runs in the first inning and two more in the second. With two outs, Huenink reached on an error which allowed Mendlik to score the game's first run. Sampson followed with a two-run home run on the first pitch to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. In the second, Brittney Murdoch hit her first home run of the season to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. Nichole Diaz followed with a double and scored on a single by Makaela Moore. The Lancers were able to get six runners on base against Garrett with the five walks and one Doane error. They left two runners on base in each of the first two innings.

In the fifth, Sampson came to the plate with two runners on and one out. She lined a single into left field that was bobbled and allowed two runs to score. On the throw in towards the infield, the Lancers' shortstop, Rodriguez, fired a throw to second behind Sampson but threw it into a vacated right field and Sampson was able to trot home with the game-ending run. Sampson once again had a big game, going 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs (due to an error in the fifth, she was not credited with RBIs on the two runs that scored ahead of her).

Doane will face Briar Cliff University on Friday, April 12, at 3:00 PM. That day will recognize cancer awareness as the softball team will take donations for Jordan Lampila, a member of the Crete community who was recently diagnosed with cancer. That evening, Doane College will hold their annual Relay for Life event on campus.