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Roth's 10 Ks Lift Doane to Split

The Doane baseball team split a doubleheader for the third straight time in conference play, dropping game one to Midland University, 5-4, before coming back with an 11-1 victory in game two. The split leaves the Tigers one game up in the conference standings with six games to play.

Game One (L 4-5)
Midland scored all of their runs in two innings as they rallied to defeat the Tigers in the first game.

The Warriors took the lead in the first inning with a pair of runs off of Britton Scheele. They picked up three hits in the inning with one run scoring on a bases loaded ground out and the other coming in on a wild pitch.

Doane answered in the third with four runs on two hits. Austin Tharp led off the inning with a walk and stole second. He came in to score as Dylan Flott reached on an error. Flott was eventually forced out at third but the Tigers still had a pair of runners on base for AJ Spanel.

Spanel drew a walk to load the bases and Mike Albert plated Anthony Hincy by reaching on a fielder's choice as Ethan Schroeder was forced out at third base. Mike Korsakas broke the tie with a two-run double to plate Spanel and Albert.

Midland picked up three runs in the fifth inning on three hits. The Warriors loaded the bases for Vinnie Orsi. Orsi delivered a two-run double to tie the game at 4-all. Miles Arehart replaced Scheele but a ground out to second base brought in another run for the Warriors and proved to be the winning run.

The Tigers had the lead-off hitter on base in each of the next two innings but were unable to bring them around to score the tying run.

Scheele took the loss, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings on six hits and three walks. He struck out two. Arehart threw 1.2 innings and did not allow a base runner.

Doane was limited to four hits in the game by a trio of Warrior pitchers.

Game Two (W 11-1)
Doane jumped out to an early lead and eventually pulled away from the Warriors in the late innings.

Hincy led off the game by reaching on a two-base error. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Schroeder.

In the second, Anthony Dunn picked up a one-out single and Flott came in to run for the Tiger catcher. Flott stole second and Jason West walked. Austin Tharp reached on a fielder's choice as Flott moved to third but West was out at second. Following a hit by pitch, Hincy doubled to plate Flott and Tharp for a 3-0 lead.

Midland picked up their lone run of the game against Tiger starter Nathan Roth in the bottom of the second. DJ Johnson led off the inning with a solo home run.

The Tigers answered in the fifth with three runs. Hincy led off the frame with a solo home run. With one out, Spanel and Mike Albert singled. Korsakas followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in Spanel. Following a stolen base by Albert and a walk by Dunn, West singled to plate another Tiger run as Albert scored.

Doane scored a run in the sixth as Thomas Albert led off the inning with a double. Following an error that allowed Hincy to reach, he stole his 19th base of the season to put runners at second and third. Schroeder hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Albert. Spanel then lifted a ball into right field to try and plate Hincy but he was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

With Doane leading 7-1 after six innings, Doane added four in the seventh to take a 10-run lead.

Mike Albert walked and stole second and was standing there with two outs in the inning. West struck out but a wild pitch allowed him to reach and extend the inning. From that point, the Tigers added four runs to their total. Flott walked to load the bases and Thomas Albert singled to bring in a pair of runs. Following a pitching change, Hincy singled in a run and Schroeder reached on an error to add the final run of the game.

Not to be overshadowed by the offensive attack was the pitching performance of Roth. The Tiger freshman improved to 6-0 on the year following a five-hitter. He finished with 10 strikeouts in the game including the final two outs of the game.