Seven Run Inning Carries Tigers
Doane rallied from their loss earlier in the day to defeat Augsburg College (MN), 11-5. The Tigers used seven runs in the sixth inning to break a 5-5 tie.
Augsburg scored in the first inning to start the scoring. Tiffany Magnuson singled with one out in the inning. She followed with a stolen base and scored on a fielding error by second baseman Alyssa Ledon.
Doane had a prime scoring opportunity in the bottom of the first inning. Mindy Nguyen walked and then stole second and third base. However, she was pickoff following a strike out.
The Tigers tied the game in the second inning. Jennifer Montoya led off with a single. Pamela Masker walked and Alysia Johnson singled to load the bases for Skyler Rowe. Rowe hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Montoya but Masker was thrown out at third base as she attempted to move up.
Doane loaded the bases a second time in the inning but Joy Vasa grounded out to the shortstop for the final out of the inning.
In the fourth inning, Johnson hit a solo home run to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Two more runs came across for the Tigers in the fifth inning. Vasa led off with a single. Julie Yost pinch ran for Vasa but was out at second base on a fielder's choice. Ledon reached first base. Whitney Poole ran for Ledon and stole second base. Poole advanced to third base on an error by the left fielder as Stephanie Mosley reached first base. Montoya walked and was pinch ran for by Halea Messersmith.
With the bases loaded, Masker laced a single down the left field line to score Poole and Mosley. The Tigers scored two runs on two hits and left two on base as they took a 5-1 lead into the top of the sixth inning.
Augsburg exploded in the sixth with four runs to tie the game. Doane starter Alysia Johnson could not make it through the inning and was relieved by Megan Steele. Steele shut the Auggies down to get out of the inning in a 5-5 tie.
The Auggies scored four runs on five hits and left three on base. Steele entered the game with one runner on base and no outs. She gave up a walk and another batter reached on a fielder's choice but Steele induced a strikeout, a force out at the plate on a ground ball to Rowe and a ground out to Vasa.
Doane received the wake-up call from the Auggies and answered right away in the bottom of the sixth. Kyla Ronhovde started the inning with a walk. Nguyen and Vasa singled to load the bases. Ledon singled to score Ronhovde and Nguyen.
With one out, Montoya singled to load the bases a second time. Amy Hamik ran for Montoya and moved up a base on a ground out by Masker. Masker picked up the RBI as Vasa scored and Ledon moved to third base. Steele helped her own cause with a two-run single that plated Ledon and Hamik. Rowe followed with a two-out, two-run home run to cap the Tiger scoring.
For the inning, the Tigers scored seven runs on six hits.
Steele closed out the game with a perfect seventh inning. She received the win after two innings of work and improved her record to 4-2 on the season.
For Doane, the Tigers collected 14 hits, two for extra bases. Nguyen, Vasa, Montoya and Johnson had two hits each. Masker and Rowe collected three RBIs each. Nguyen picked up her fifth and sixth stolen bases of the season. All 11 runs were scored by a different player.
The Tigers will play three games on Monday, starting with Elmhurst College (IL) at 10:45 a.m. (PST).