Three-Run Ninth Lifts Doane
Doane scored five runs in the final two innings to rally past Bellevue University, 6-4, in non-conference action on Wednesday. The win improved the Tigers' record to 21-8 overall this season.
Bellevue scored a pair of runs in the second inning off of starter Jake Bartek. Jacob LaCelle led of the inning with a hit by pitch and Spencer Duggan drew a walk. Jeremy Camacho was the courtesy runner for LaCelle and stole third base and Duggan took second, giving the Bruins two runners in scoring position with no outs. Juan Rodriguez followed with a single up the middle to drive in both runs.
Doane cut the lead in half with a run in the sixth. With two down, Anthony Hincy drew a walk and moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt. He came in to score on a single by Austin Tharp.
The Bruins picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. LaCelle drew a leadoff walk and Camacho came in to run. Following a sacrifice bunt and a fly out, Camacho stood at third base with two outs. Brandon Thompson followed with a pinch hit single to left field to plate the run.
Bellevue added to the lead with a run in the seventh off of Tim Carlson. Anthony Bazant led off the inning with a triple. He scored on a bunt by Tylor Pavel to give the Bruins a three-run lead.
Doane came back with a pair of runs in the eighth against reliever Alejandro Partidas. Adam Sotelo led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Hincy. With one out, Hincy stole second base and came around to score on a single by AJ Spanel. The Tiger rally ended with Mike Korsakas hitting into a double play.
Miles Arehart worked around a lead-off hit by pitch to open the Bruin eighth and kept the Tigers within a run entering the final inning.
In the ninth, Jason West drew a one-out walk off of Bruin closer Jake Aylward. Thomas Albert followed with a single and both runners moved into scoring position following an error by the right fielder. Dylan Flott delivered a go-ahead double down the left field line to give the Tigers the lead. With two down, Hincy walked to bring up Ian McGill. McGill singled to left field to give the Tigers an insurance run and a 6-4 lead.
Mitch VandenBerge allowed one walk in the ninth but did not allow any damage as he recorded his sixth save of the season by striking out two batters in the inning. Arehart picked up his first win, throwing one inning of scoreless baseball.
Bartek took a no-decision for the Tigers, going six innings and allowing seven hits and four walks while giving up three runs. Carlson went one inning and gave up one run on one hit and two walks. He struck out one batter.
Doane finished with nine hits in the game, six in the final two innings. Thomas Albert was the lone Tigers with two hits in the game and he scored a run. Flott led the Tigers with two RBIs and Hincy posted two runs scored and picked up his team-leading 15th steal.
Aylward took the loss for Bellevue. The Bruins totaled eight hits in the game, two apiece from Hector Morales and Bazant. Camacho scored two of the team runs while Rodriguez drove in a pair.
Doane will host the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday.