NWU Sweeps Tigers in Tight Games
Doane was swept for the first time this season in GPAC play, falling to Nebraska Wesleyan, 7-5 and 9-6. The Tigers are now 6-6 in the GPAC and 9-20 overall.
Game One (L 5-7)
Nebraska Wesleyan plated five runs in the first three innings and held on for the win in game one. Those runs were scored on starter Shelby Mendlik, with one of them unearned.
Doane battled back with single runs in the fifth and sixth inning. In the fifth, Gina Falciani broke up the no-hit bid of Brenna Maguire with two outs in the inning and in the process moving Andrea Gonzales to third base after she walked. Brooke Sampson then singled to plate the first run for Doane.
In the sixth, Mendlik led off the inning with a solo blast to pull Doane within three at 5-2.
Nebraska Wesleyan came back with two runs in the seventh to go up 7-2 heading into the bottom of the inning. Both runs were against reliever Megan Wingate.
Gonzales opened the seventh with a double but was tagged out trying to move up to third on a ground ball by Falciani. Sampson followed up with a double to put runners at second and third. With two outs, Mendlik doubled to bring in both runners. Alyssa Maraia flared a single into right field for another RBI and brought the tying run to the plate in Kylie Garrett.
The Prairie Wolves brought in Alysia Wittmaack to try and close the door and she was able to strike out Garrett on a high pitch but the ball got away from the catcher. On a very close play at first base, Garrett was ruled out to end the game.
Doane finished with eight hits in the game with two apiece from Sampson and Mendlik. Mendlik had three RBIs and two runs scored.
Game Two (L 6-9)
A controversial play in the top of the fifth led to three runs and Nebraska Wesleyan rallied for the win over the Tigers.
NWU plated two runs in the top of the first to jump out to an early lead over Jenna Alswager and the Tigers.
In the bottom of the first, Gonzales reached on an infield bunt and moved up on a sacrifice by Falciani. With two outs, Sampson delivered a big blast to left field for a home run to tie the game for Doane.
The Prairie Wolves came back with three runs in the third to retake the lead, two off of Alswager and one against Wingate.
In the bottom of the fourth, Doane came up with four runs to take a 6-5 lead. Amber Stater led off with a double. Kara Riesen ran for Stater and scored on a double by Gonzales. With two outs, Mendlik doubled down the left field line to plate Gonzales. Sampson once again delivered a two-run home run, this one to left center, to give the Tigers a one-run lead.
In the top of the fifth, NWU came back with four runs. After tying the game with a bases loaded single, Megan Beckstead lifted a fly ball into left field for the second out of the inning. Sampson made the throw home to Stater on one hop and appeared to have the runner thrown out to end the inning, however, Heather Stang was called safe to give NWU the lead. A single followed to add two more runs to the lead and make the score 9-6.
Doane finished with 13 hits in the game but left eight runners on base. Mendlik went 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Sampson was 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs for the Tigers. Gonzales, Falciani and Kobza also had two hit games with Gonzales scoring twice.
Alswager took the loss, allowing four runs. Wingate allowed five runs over three innings and Garrett threw two scoreless innings.