Tigers, Midland Destroy Record Books
On a chilly and windy day in Fremont, records were taken down by Doane and Midland's softball teams. In the end, the two teams combined to score 66 runs in the doubleheader as each team won a game by a single run. Midland took the first game, 13-12 in eight innings while Doane won the nightcap, 21-20, with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh.
Game One (Midland 13-12)
The only scoreless inning of the doubleheader came in the first inning of game one. In the second inning, Midland jumped on the scoreboard with three unearned runs. The Tigers committed three errors in the inning and all the runs came with two outs.
Doane picked up a run in the top of the third with two outs. Shelby Mendlik's single brought Deidre Cardoza in from second base. However, in the bottom of the frame, Midland added to their lead with a pair of runs on three hits. A two-out double by Kali Reinsch drove in both runs.
In the fourth, Doane closed the gap with three runs on five hits. The inning opened with four straight hits. Kylie Garrett doubled to bring Brooke Sampson in for a run. Jennifer Liddell singled to bring around Kara Riesen and Garrett. Midland answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth as Tiana Gataivasa had a one-out, RBI-single.
In the fifth, the Tigers took the lead with three runs to go ahead, 7-6. With two outs, Garrett hit a three-run home run to bring in Christy Kobza and Sampson.
Doane added to the lead in the sixth with a run. Mendlik singled to give the Tigers an 8-6 lead as Andrea Gonzales crossed the plate. Midland responded in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs after there were two outs to start the inning. Kat Nickel doubled to bring in Gataivasa and Shannon DePuy singled to bring Nickel around.
The seventh inning was a slugfest. Katie Mosley had an RBI ground out to bring in Sampson and give the Tigers a one-run lead. With two outs, Cardoza doubled to bring Garrett in for Doane. Gina Falciani singled in Cardoza and Gonzales for a 12-8 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Midland responded with four runs of their own. Reinsch drew a lead-off walk and Lenae Kryszak, running for Reinsch, scored on a double by Matti Petersen. Petersen and Ashley Willard scored on a bases loaded single by Nickel. Gataivasa scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Nickel moved to third and stood their as the winning run with one out.
Jenna Alswager, who started the game but was replaced in the sixth by Garrett, re-entered the game midway through the seventh when she gave up the base hit to Nickel. With Nickel only 60 feet away from winning the game, Alswager struck out Erica Miller and induced a ground out by Kendall Mayher to end the inning.
In the eighth, Reinsch picked up a lead-off single and was sacrificed to second. She moved to third on a ground out. Emily Kmiecik delivered a two-out single to plate the winning run.
Alswager took the loss, working a total of seven innings. She allowed nine runs, six earned, on 13 hits and two walks. She struck out four. Garrett allowed four runs on one hit and four walks over 0.2 innings. Miller picked up the win for Midland, throwing one scoreless inning.
At the plate, Doane finished with 19 hits compared to 14 for the Warriors. Sampson went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Garrett went 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs. Falciani and Mendlik had two hits and two RBIs apiece. Cardoza and Gonzales scored two runs each. Midland had five players with two hits apiece.
Game Two (Doane 21-20)
Doane and Midland set a GPAC record for total runs in a single game with 41. The records do not include games prior to the formation of the GPAC which was previously known as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC - 1969-1992) and Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (NIAC - 1992-2000). The Tigers' 21 runs ties for third in a conference game since the GPAC's first season in Spring 2001. Midland's 20 runs ties for seventh in a conference game. The Tigers' highest combined total prior to Wednesday was 25 with Nebraska Wesleyan, a game Doane won 13-12 in 2008 and was equalled in game one.
Doane's records are sparse prior to 1996 when Don Miller took over as coach for the Tigers. Doane had a NIAC tournament game with NWU that was won by the then-Plainswomen, 19-11, for a total of 30 runs. Wednesday's game appears to be the most runs by two teams in a single game involving Doane. The Tigers' 21 runs tops the mark of 18 runs scored against Johnson & Wales in 2004, a game Doane won 18-0 as Sara Engleman threw a perfect game.
The Tigers scored at least one run in every inning of the second game. Doane scored a run in the top of the first as Mendlik singled to bring Gonzales in for the run. In the bottom of the inning, Midland plated five runs on five hits.
Doane pulled within a run at 5-4 with three runs in the second. With the bases loaded, Falciani hit a two-out, bases-clearing double to plate Alyssa Maraia, Cardoza and Gonzales. In the bottom of the inning, Midland came back with three runs to take an 8-4 lead.
The Tigers took the lead in the third with eight runs. Liddell had an RBI single to bring in Sampson after a leadoff walk to open the inning. Garrett followed with a two-run, home run to pull Doane within a run, 8-7. Following the home run, Maraia walked, Jenny Jackson singled and Gonzales reached on an error to load the bases. Falciani came through with her second bases-clearing double to give the Tigers a 10-8 lead. Mendlik and Kobza also scored in the inning following errors as Doane led 12-8.
Midland came right back with five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 13-12 lead. The big hits for the Warriors were a pair of two-run doubles by Gataivasa and Reinsch.
In the fourth, Doane went up 14-13 with a pair of runs. Mendlik had a two-out double to plate Falciani and Kobza had a single to score Mendlik.
In the fifth, Doane extended their lead to 17-13 with three runs. Alswager led off the inning with a home run. Gonzales plated Riesen and Falciani brought Gonzales around.
The Tigers added two runs in the sixth to go ahead, 19-13. Following a double by Sampson that moved Kobza to third, Alswager delivered a sacrifice fly to score a run. Maraia added a two-out single to drive in Sampson.
In the bottom of the sixth, Midland rallied with seven runs to take a 20-19 lead. Kryszak had a two-run homer and Mayher added a three-run double to spark the Warriors. Petersen followed with a single to plate Mayher and give Midland the lead. Five of the Warrior runs in the inning came with two outs and were unearned.
Gonzales led off the seventh inning with a walk for the Tigers. With one out, Mendlik drilled a two-run homer to give the Tigers the lead back, 21-20.
Midland had an excellent opportunity in the bottom of the seventh to tie or win the game. An error and a single gave the Warriors two runners on with no outs. Mendlik struck out Gataivasa for the first out of the inning and then received help from the defense behind her. Alswager made a diving play between second and third to snag a ball in the hole and threw to third to get the lead runner out for the Warriors. Mendlik closed out the inning by inducing a ground ball to Jackson for the final out.
Mendlik picked up the win for the Tigers, throwing four innings in relief. She allowed nine hits and seven runs, two earned, while striking out four. Liddell threw two innings and allowed eight runs on eight hits while Mosley threw one inning and allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits. Midland's Lyndsi Eckelberry took the loss, allowing the home run by Mendlik in the top of the seventh.
At the plate, Doane and Midland finished with 21 hits apiece. Kobza had four hits, two runs and a RBI for the Tigers. Gonzales, Falciani and Mendlik had three hits apiece. Falciani finished with seven RBIs and Mendlik added four. Gonzales scored five runs for the Tigers.
Falciani tied the school record for RBIs in a game, equaling the mark of Jenni Allder (2004) and Erika Mosley (1999). Gonzales set the school record for runs in a game, topping the mark of four set three previous times. Kobza's four hits matches the second best mark in school history.
Looking at the Records
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Total runs in a GPAC doubleheader
66 - Doane vs. Midland, 2011
43 - Dana vs. Mt. Marty, 2005
41 - Northwestern vs. DWU, 2002
Total runs in a GPAC single game, both teams
41 - Doane vs. Midland, 2011
30 - Dana vs. Mount Marty, 2005
Runs by a single team in a GPAC game
23 - Northwestern def. DWU 23-1, 2001
22 - Dana def. MMC 22-8, 2005
21 - Doane def. Midland 21-20, 2011
21 - Mside def. DWU 21-6, 2004
21 - Mside def. DWU 21-2, 2006
21 - Dana def. DWU 21-4, 2006
20 - Midland lost to Doane, 20-21, 2011
Doane College Softball Records
Most Runs in a Game
5 - Gonzales, Andrea; at Midland; 3/23/2011
4 - Hamik, Amy; vs Col. of St Catherine; 3/20/2005
4 - Rossel, Rachel; vs Dana College; 4/24/2001
4 - Tierney, Amber; vs McPherson College; 3/8/2002
3 - done on 43 occasions, most recently in 2010
Most RBIs in a Game
7 - Falciani, Gina; at Midland; 3/23/2011
7 - Allder, Jenni; vs Johnson & Wales (CO); 4/3/2004
7 - Mosley, Erika; Nebraska Wesleyan; 3/30/1999
5 - done on five occasions, most recently in 2008
Most Hits in a Game
5 - Montoya, Jennifer; vs. Kansas Wesleyan; 3/1/2008
4 - Kobza, Christy; at Midland; 3/23/2011
4 - Brooke Sampson; at Midland; 3/23/2011
4 - done on 23 occasions, most recently in 2010
Most Doubles in a Game
3 - Jones, Darcy; at Peru State College; 4/6/1999
3 - Walck, Sarah; at Dakota Wesleyan; 4/9/2005
2 - Falciani, Gina; at Midland; 3/23/2011
2 - done on 28 occasions, most recently in 2010
Most Team Runs in a Game
21 - at Midland; 3/23/2011
18 - vs. Johnson & Wales (CO); 4/3/2004
17 - at York College; 4/26/2001
Most Team RBIs in a Game
19 - at Midland; 3/23/2011
15 - vs. Johnson & Wales; 4/3/2004
15 - at York College; 4/26/2001
Most Team Hits in a Game
21 - at Midland; 3/23/2011 (game 2)
19 - at Midland; 3/23/2011 (game 1)
18 - at Peru State; 4/17/2009
Most Team Doubles in a Game
6 - at Midland; 3/23/2011
6 - vs. Minnesota-Morris; 4/1/2007
6 - at Peru State; 4/17/2009