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Tigers Drop Pair to Bellevue

The Tiger softball team dropped a doubleheader to Bellevue University on Friday, falling in game one, 6-5 in eight innings, and 7-4 in game two. Doane is now 2-14 overall on the season.

Game One (L 6-5, 8 inn.)
Doane jumped out early and held a lead in the eighth but three Bellevue home runs lifted the Bruins.

In the first inning, Andrea Gonzales led off with a single and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. With one down, Shelby Mendlik lifted a two-run homer to right field for a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers added a run in the fifth. Kylie Garrett reached on an error to open the frame. Kara Riesen ran for Garrett and stole second base. Jennifer Liddell laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Riesen to third and Gonzales singled to plate the run.

In the bottom of the fifth, a pair of walks set up a dangerous inning for Doane. Brooke Ellis came up with two outs and hit a three-run homer to tie the game for the Bruins.

The Tigers used a Brooke Sampson two-run homer in the eighth to go ahead, 5-3. Bellevue answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot by Ellis. Following a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Amanda Neumann hit a solo home run to give Bellevue the win.

Garrett took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, in 2.2 innings. She struck out three. Jenna Alswager took a no-decision, throwing five innings and allowing three runs on five hits.

At the plate, Gonzales went 4-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Mendlik and Sampson had two RBIs each. Mendlik was joined by Christy Kobza with a two-hit game.

Game Two (L 7-4)
Doane and Bellevue went back and forth through the early innings. A late multi-run inning for the Bruins gave them the victory.

Bellevue scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Katie Malloy. The Bruins left two runners on base to end the inning.

Doane came back in the second with a pair of runs. Kobza led off with a single and Sampson followed with a walk. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Gina Falciani followed with a RBI ground out to tie the game as Kobza scored. Garrett added a RBI ground out to score Sampson and give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

The Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with a run. An error with two outs gave Bellevue life in the inning and back-to-back singles led to the tying run scoring.

Doane retook the lead in the third with a run. Deidre Cardoza led off with a double to right center. Gonzales and Mendlik drew walks that led up to a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Kobza.

Bellevue picked up a pair of extra base hits in the third to tie the game at 3-all. Neumann hit a triple with one out and scored on a double by Katie Tew. Tew was stranded in scoring position following a strikeout by Doane pitcher Shelby Mendlik and a ground out.

In the fifth inning, Bellevue took the lead as Tew doubled for the second time in the game and scored on a single by Allie Bartley.

Mendlik led off the sixth inning with a solo home run for the Tigers to tie the game at four runs apiece.

In the bottom of the sixth, a lead-off walk and a home run by Ellis gave the Bruins the lead for good. For Ellis, it was her third home run of the doubleheader. Neumann doubled and came around to score the final run for Bellevue.

Liddell took the loss for the Tigers, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks over three innings. Mendlik took a no-decision, allowing three runs on nine hits in three innings.

Doane was limited to four hits in the game. The Tigers also drew five walks.