Last At-bats Lift Doane to Sweep
Doane took full advantage of their last at-bat in both games of their doubleheader with Mount Marty College as the Tigers rallied for late inning victories. Doane won the first game, 8-5, and the second game, 11-10. The sweep extend Doane's win streak over Mt. Marty to 12 games. The wins improved Doane's record to 4-14 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC.
Game One (W 8-5)
Mt. Marty answered each of Doane's early threats but in the end, Doane came away with a big sixth inning to pull out the victory.
The Lancers jumped on the board first, plating a run in the first inning. Emily Girard opened the game with a single and came in to score on a double by Amanda Volgarino.
Doane came back in the second inning with a pair of runs. Following a leadoff single and a pair of fielder's choices, the Tigers had runners at second and third with one out. Deidre Cardoza lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Kylie Garrett from third. Andrea Gonzales followed with a single to score Katie Mosley.
The Lancers put two runs across in the third to retake the lead, 3-2. Girard led off the inning with a single and scored on a home run by Jen Jerdee. Mt. Marty added two more hits in the inning but were unable to push more runs across.
After a ground out to open the bottom of the third, Doane strung together three straight hits. Garrett posted the third hit and plated Brooke Sampson to tie the game at 3-all.
Mt. Marty took the lead back in the fourth with two runs on three hits. Amanda Soehl scored on a single by Samantha Montiel and Girard came across on a single by Volgarino.
Andrea Gonzales led off the bottom of the fourth and was hit by a pitch. She stole second base and moved up to third on a single by Gina Falciani. Shelby Mendlik lined a pitch to the Lancer second baseman and she was unable to make the catch and allowed Gonzales to score. The Tigers had a pair of runners on and no outs but were unable to plate additional runs.
In the sixth, Doane exploded with four runs. Falciani and Mendlik led off the inning with singles. The Tigers had two runners in scoring position for Christy Kobza. The Tiger senior lined a pitch into right field for the tying and go-ahead runs as Kara Riesen and Mendlik came in to score.
Sampson followed Kobza and was hit by a pitch. Jenny Jackson ran for Kobza and Amber Stater advanced both Doane runners on a sacrifice bunt. With two down, Jennifer Liddell sent a pitch into center field to add to the Tiger lead.
An error in the top of the seventh gave the Lancer the leadoff run on base. Garrett settled in and forced two groundouts and recorded a strikeout to close out the game.
Garrett went three innings and allowed one hit while striking out three as she picked up the win. Jenna Alswager took a no-decision as she went four innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits.
Falciani led the Tigers with three hits while Mendlik, Kobza and Stater had two hits each. Doane posted 13 hits in the game.
Game Two (W 11-10)
Doane blew a seventh inning lead only to rally in the bottom of the frame for the win.
Mt. Marty plated a run in the second only to see the Tigers answer in the bottom of the frame. Garrett laced a single into center field to plate Sampson for the tying run. Doane took the lead in the third with a run off the bat of Kobza. She drove in Gonzales with a single to right field.
The Lancers tied the game in the fourth with a run but Doane came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Gonzales had a two-run single to score Brianna Dickinson and Garrett. Falciani followed with a double to plate Gonzales. Kobza closed out the scoring with a sacrifice fly that brought Falciani in for a 6-2 lead. The Lancers plated a run in the fifth to cut the Tiger lead to three runs.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hannah Behm drew a one-out walk. Mendlik followed with a single and the ball was misplayed by the left fielder. Behm scored from first base on the play. Kobza was hit by a pitch to give the Tigers a pair of runners on base. Sampson delivered a double down the right field line to plate Jenna Alswager and Kobza to give Doane a 9-3 lead entering the final inning.
The seventh inning provided much more excitement than expect. The Lancers opened the inning with five consecutive hits to score three runs. Garrett entered the game to pitch and picked up the first out of the inning on a pop up on the infield. A single by Mercedees Ricke plated another run to cut the Doane lead to 9-7. Ricke, representing the tying run, attempted to steal second base but was thrown out by Kobza for the second out.
Jerdee came up with another big hit for the Lancers, ripping a double to center field to pull Mt. Marty within a run. Michaela Bunde followed with a two-run home run to left field to give the Lancers a 10-9 lead.
Garrett led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to center field. However, back-to-back pop-ups to the shortstop put Doane in trouble of losing after holding a six-run lead entering the final inning. Gonzales came up big for the Tigers as she stepped in and delivered a two-out double to left center and Garrett raced around the bases to tie the game. Gonzales moved to third on a wild pitch with Falciani at the plate. Falciani hit a two-hopper to third base for what appeared to be the final out of the inning but the ball was thrown in the dirt to first base and Falciani reached on the error as Gonzales scored.
Garrett received the win, going one inning and allowing two runs on three hits. She received the win in both games on the day. Liddell went one-plus innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Megan Wingate drew the start and allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
At the plate, Doane posted 14 hits with Gonzales and Garrett collecting three apiece. Mendlik and Kobza added two hits each. Gonzales had three RBIs and three runs scored in the game to pace the Tigers.