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Tigers Drop Pair with Biola

The Tiger softball team started their Spring Break trip to California on Monday and took on Biola University. Biola, receiving votes in the NAIA, took advantage of several Doane errors on the day in picking up wins of 5-1 and 7-1.

Game One (L 1-5)
Biola plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back as they took a four-run victory to open the day. The Tigers matched Biola with six hits but committed four errors in the contest.

Doane's lone run came in the second inning. Shelby Mendlik picked up an infield single with one out and moved to second as Amber Stater drew a walk. Following a sacrifice bunt by Kylie Garrett, Jennifer Liddell followed with a two-out single to score Mendlik. Kara Riesen, who ran for Stater, was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base.

The Tigers ended the game, leaving five runners on base. In the third, they left two runners on while leaving a single runner on base in the sixth and seventh innings.

Jenna Alswager took the loss for the Tigers, allowing five runs on five hits and six walks. Garrett threw the final inning and allowed one hit.

At the plate, six different players had a hit for the Tigers. Stater had the lone extra base hit, a double to lead off the seventh inning.

Game Two (L 1-7)
Biola once again struck in the first inning but the Tigers held them close until the fifth when the Eagles pulled away. Doane committed five errors in the game, which led to four unearned runs.

With Biola leading 2-0 entering the fifth, the Tigers cut the lead with their lone run. Gina Falciani drew a one-out walk but was out at second on a fielder's choice that allowed Christy Kobza to reach. With two down, Shelby Mendlik doubled to right field and scored Kobza from first base. Amber Stater followed with a walk but a strikeout ended the inning and the Tiger opportunity.

Biola added two unearned runs following an error by the Tigers in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth, the Eagles plated three runs to open up their lead.

The Tigers left 10 runners on base in the game, leaving the bases loaded in the first and two runners on in the third and fifth innings. Doane had five hits in the game, two off the bat of Mendlik.

Jennifer Liddell took the loss for the Tigers, allowing seven runs in six innings. Only three of the Eagle runs were earned as they posted eight hits and drew two walks while striking out twice.