Loaded No. 1 CBU Downs Tigers
The Tiger softball team faced their toughest opponent this season in NAIA No. 1 California Baptist. The Lancers used dominate pitching and hitting as they defeated Doane in the doubleheader, 10-0 and 12-1, each game ending after the top of the fifth inning. California Baptist returns five of their seven players who were named NAIA All-Americans last season.
Game One (L 0-10)
Cal Baptist starting pitcher Emma Holden showed the Tigers why she was a First Team All-American in 2010. The Lancer junior faced 10 batters in the game and did not allow the ball to be put in play. She struck out nine Tigers and hit Shelby Mendlik with a pitch. With CBU up 10-0, she was removed after three innings of work.
Doane picked up their two hits in the game off of Tory Ferreira, an honorable mention All-American last year. Picking up the Tiger hits were Christy Kobza and Gina Falciani.
Jennifer Liddell took the loss for the Tigers as she allowed nine runs on seven hits and five walks over two-plus innings. Liddell struck out three batters. Jenna Alswager threw two innings and allowed one run on three hits and a walk. Cal Baptist hit three home runs in the game.
Game Two (L 1-12)
Shelby Mendlik held CBU in check for two innings but could not get out of the third as the Lancers posted nine runs.
First Team All-American Kendall Gorham went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs to lead the Lancers. She had a bases-clearing double in the third innings.
Doane was held hitless through the first three innings. In the fourth, the Tigers picked up their lone hit, a solo home run from Mendlik.
Mendlik took the loss, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing nine runs on nine hits and four walks. Kylie Garrett threw the final 1.1 innings and allowed three runs and three hits and four walks.