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Tigers Go 5-3 on Florida Trip

The Tiger baseball team posted a 5-3 mark over their Spring Break trip to Florida. Doane is now 14-7 overall. They faced four different opponents, splitting with three and sweeping Trinity Christian.

March 14
The Tigers dropped a pair of games on Monday, falling 5-3 to Freed-Hardeman and 20-5 to Montreat.

Against FHU, Doane took an early lead with a run in the first and fourth innings. AJ Spanel had an RBI-double in the first to plate Anthony Hincy. Hincy had a RBI-single in the fourth to plate Jason West.

In the sixth, FHU scored three runs off of starter Chance Brull. Doane came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3-all following a RBI-double by Ethan Schroeder as Tyler Lohr scored.

In the seventh, a two-run double gave FHU the lead against reliever Mitch VandenBerge. It was the only hit VandenBerge gave up but two walks prior to the hit came back to bite the Tigers.

Schroeder led the Tigers with two hits. Doane finished with six hits in the game compared to four for Freed-Hardeman.

In the Tigers' match-up with Montreat, Doane scored a pair of runs in the first inning. Mike Korsakas had a two-out, two-run double that plated Mike Albert and Austin Tharp.

Montreat broke on the board in the second inning with five straight singles to open the frame. By the time the inning was over, Montreat had 11 runs on 12 hits.

In the third, Montreat added seven more runs against the Tigers. Montreat had three hits in the inning combined with six walks and a Tiger error.

Doane posted three runs in the fourth. Hincy had a RBI-single to score Thomas Albert for the first run. Mike Albert had a two-run double to plate Hincy and Dylan Flott.

Scheele took the loss for the Tigers. Mike Albert went 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs. Doane had eight hits while Montreat had 18 hits and drew seven walks.

March 15
A day after being swept by Freed-Hardeman and Montreat, the Tigers returned the favor by winning a pair of games. Doane defeated FHU10-2 and Montreat by a score of 7-2.

Doane took a three-run lead in the second inning. The Tigers took advantage of two errors in the inning. Jason West scored the first run on an error. Anthony Hincy had a two-out, two-run double to plate Thomas Albert and Ethan Schroeder.

Doane added a run in the fourth as AJ Spanel drove in Thomas Albert with a single. The Tigers plated three runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 7-2. Albert had a two-run single to scored Schroeder and West. He came in to score on an error.

The Tigers closed the scoring with three runs in the seventh. Hincy hit his second two-run double of the game and plated West and Schroeder. Hincy came in to score on a ground out by Anthony Dunn.

Nick Dawson picked up the win, throwing four innings and allowing one earned run. Frankie Patino threw three scoreless innings to get the save.

Spanel and Schroeder had three hits a piece while Hincy had four RBIs. Doane pounded out 14 hits while limiting FHU to three hits.

Doane jumped out early on Montreat with a run in the first. Hincy led off the inning with a single and came around to score on an error. Montreat, however, came back with a single run in the second and third innings to take a 2-1 advantage.

The Tigers responded with three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good. Dunn had a RBI-single to plate Hincy to tie the game. Doane took the lead on a two-run single by Austin Tharp as Dylan Flott and Spanel scored.

In the fourth, Doane received a RBI-single from Dunn that drove in Thomas Albert. Two runs were plated in the fifth for the Tigers. Hincy had a two-run single to bring in West and Mike Korsakas.

Doane finished with nine hits in the game, two apiece from Hincy, Dunn and Spanel. Hincy, Dunn and Tharp had two RBIs each.

Nathan Roth threw a complete game for Doane, scattering nine hits over seven innings. He struck out five Montreat hitters.

March 16
Doane took a pair of one-run games from Trinity Christian on Wednesday afternoon. Doane won the first game, 3-2 in eight innings, while taking game two, 2-1.

In the first game, Doane plated a run in the third to score first. Ethan Schroeder led off the inning and reached on a two-base error. He moved to third on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt that put Thomas Albert at first base. Albert proceeded to steal second base and on the throw, Schroeder stole home.

The Trolls came back with a run in the fourth and sixth innings to take a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Doane tied the game on a RBI-double by Mike Albert that plated AJ Spanel.

In the eighth, a two-out error against Trinity Christian gave the Tigers runners at first and third. Austin Tharp followed with an infield single that brought in Spanel for the winning run.

Jacob Bartek threw five innings, allowing one earned run for the Tigers. Mitch VandenBerge threw the final three innings and did not allow a run on three hits as he picked up the win.

In game two, Doane scored a run in the top of the first as Dylan Flott delivered a sacrifice fly to bring in Thomas Albert. The Trolls tied the game in the bottom of the second with a run.

Doane took the lead back in the fifth. Joey Seliga led off the inning with a walk and was pinch run for by Anthony Hincy. Hincy stole second and moved to third on a hit by Tyler Lohr. Nathan Roth then put down a squeeze bunt to plate the eventual winning run.

Rolando Celis picked up the win, throwing five innings. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out four. Miles Arehart threw two hitless innings for the save.

March 17
Doane outlasted Mount Vernon Nazarene on Thursday for a 10-9 victory. Both teams finished the game with 14 hits.

The Tigers scored at least one run in each of the first five innings. In the first, Mike Albert delivered a RBI-double to bring Anthony Hincy around for the first run of the game. Mike Korsakas scored a run in the second inning on an error and Jason West scored on a ground out by Hincy.

In the third, AJ Spanel came in on a single by Korsakas. Spanel delivered a RBI-single in the fourth to bring in Hincy.

The Tigers took what appeared to be a commanding lead in the fifth with four runs to go ahead by a score of 9-1. Ethan Schroeder had a RBI-ground out to plate Korsakas. Dylan Flott singled to drive in Jason West. Anthony Dunn picked up a RBI-single to score Flott. Spanel capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to bring in Hincy.

In the bottom of the fifth, MVNU plated seven runs on six hits and two hit by pitches and a walk.

In the ninth, Doane added an insurance run that proved to be important. Dunn delivered a sacrifice fly to bring in West as the Tigers went up, 10-8. In the bottom of the inning, MVNU was able to pick up a run off of Mitch VandenBerge to cut the lead to a single run. With a runner at third and one out, VandenBerge struck out back-to-back hitters to close the game.

Zach Klene picked up the win, throwing two scoreless innings in relief. VandenBerge picked up his fourth save of the season.

At the plate, Hincy and West had three hits apiece. Dunn and Spanel had two RBIs each. The Tigers were 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

March 19
The Tigers closed their trip to Florida with a second game against Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Doane fell in extra innings, 4-2.

MVNU took the lead in the second inning with a run but Doane answered in the fourth with two runs. Mike Korsakas delivered a single to plate AJ Spanel to tie the game at 1-all. Later in the inning, Jason West singled to bring Korsakas around.

The game was tied up in the fifth when MVNU picked up the tying run on two hits.

The two squads remained scoreless over the next three innings. In the ninth, MVNU plated a pair of runs off of Miles Arehart and closed the game in bottom of the inning for the win.

Doane was held to six hits in the game, two from Thomas Albert. Both teams turned two double plays in the game.