Tigers Drop Match-up with Nebraska
Doane put forth a solid effort on Wednesday afternoon in Lincoln but the Tigers came up short versus the University of Nebraska, 6-1, in baseball action at Hawks Field. The loss drops the Tigers to 16-8 on the year while Nebraska improves to 18-9.
Nebraska plated the first runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning off of starter Jake Bartek. Bartek allowed two walks, hit a batter and gave up a single to the first four batters. However, a double play helped the Tigers get out of the inning. On a sacrifice fly by Kurt Farmer plated a run, Jason West cut off a throw from Mike Albert and fired to Ethan Schroeder at third base for an out. Bartek induced a ground ball to Schroeder to end the inning.
In the third, Nebraska added a run off of Britton Scheele. A single and an error put Kash Kalkowski at second base with one out. An infield pop-up gave the Tigers two outs by Farmer picked up a two-out single to score Kalkowski. Farmer was later picked off of second base by Anthony Dunn to end the inning.
The Tigers picked up their first hit in the top of the fourth as Anthony Dunn singled. Schroeder led off the sixth inning with a single but was stranded at first base. In the seventh, Mike Albert doubled with one out but was unable to advance.
Doane's Scheele and Tim Carlson kept the Huskers off the scoreboard over the next three innings. Carlson threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit.
In the bottom of the seventh, a walk and two singles gave the Huskers the bases loaded with one out against Frankie Patino. Patino was able to get Josh Scheffert to pop out to Anthony Hincy for the second out of the inning. Farmer came up and was down in the count, one ball and two strikes, and managed to fight off a couple of pitches. He eventually was able to single up the middle and plate two runs to give Nebraska a 5-0 lead. Back-to-back walks brought in the final Husker run. Miles Arehart entered the game and struck out Nick Miller to end the inning.
In the eighth, Thomas Albert reached on an error and Hincy singled with two outs to give Doane a pair of runners on. Dunn ended the inning with a fly out to right field.
Doane opened the ninth inning with back-to-back walks by AJ Spanel and Mike Albert. Austin Tharp grounded out to first to move the runners over and Mike Korsakas did the same to plate the lone Tiger run as Spanel scored.
Bartek took the loss for the Tigers, allowing two runs in two innings. Arehart had an inning of work, getting the final out of the seventh and the first two of the eighth. Mitch VandenBerge picked up the last out of the eighth inning for Doane.
Tyler Niederklein picked up the win for Nebraska, throwing two perfect innings and striking out four. Nick Dolsky had a solid outing, throwing two innings and striking out four. Ryan Hander gave up the Tiger run in the ninth. He threw 1.1 innings, walked two and did not give up a hit.
Doane will take on Northwestern College on Friday, April 1.