Tigers Struggle in Joplin Trip
The Tiger baseball team had a good start in their weekend trip to Joplin, Mo., but after the four games were over, Doane left with a 1-3 mark. Doane won the opener over Culver-Stockton College, 4-3, before dropping a pair to Graceland University and one to Viterbo.
vs. Culver-Stockton (W 4-3)
Doane and CSC had plenty of opportunities to plate runs, each leaving 11 runners on base. Doane plated two runs in the third inning on a two-run single by Austin Tharp. The Tigers added to their lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Mike Korsakas had a RBI-double and Ethan Schroeder scored on an error.
Doane received a strong outing from Chance Brull as he threw 5.1 shutout innings. He posted nine strikeouts while walking four and allowing four hits. Culver-Stockton got to the Tiger bullpen with three runs in the seventh but Mitch VandenBerge closed out the game and recorded his third save of the season.
At the plate, Anthony Hincy and AJ Spanel had two hits apiece as the Tigers collected nine in the game.
vs. Graceland (L 9-12)
The Yellow Jackets collected five runs in the first inning off of starter Tim Carlson and held on for a three-run victory over Doane. Graceland went ahead 8-0 after four innings before the Tigers started to rally.
In the fifth inning with two outs, Doane collected five consecutive hits to plate five runs. Hincy and Anthony Dunn singled and were followed by a RBI-double by Spanel. Mike Albert singled to score Spanel after Dylan Flott, running for Dunn, scored on a wild pitch. Tharp hit his first homerun of the season, a two-run blast.
Graceland responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 12-5 lead.
In the seventh, Doane came back with four runs to cut into the lead but it was not enough. With two down and Tyler Lohr and Ian McGill on the base paths after a pair of singles, Tharp connected for his second homerun of the game, a three-run shot. Nathan Roth followed with a walk and came around to score on a Korsakas single and an error by the right fielder. The tying run was left in the on-deck circle.
Carlson took the loss, allowing five runs on one hit and three walks in one-third on an inning. Rolando Celis allowed three runs, one earned, in 3.2 innings and Jacob Bartek allowed four runs, two earned, in two innings. Doane committed five errors in the game which led to five unearned runs.
Tharp finished the game 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. Spanel went 2-for-2 with a run and a RBI.
vs. Viterbo (L 0-2)
Doane was held to four hits by Viterbo's Andrew Farrell over seven innings as the Tigers drop a two-run game on Sunday morning. Nick Dawson took the loss for the Tigers, allowing two runs, one earned, in seven innings of work.
The Tigers left seven runners on base in the game with their best scoring opportunity coming in the fifth inning. With two outs, Flott walked and Hincy doubled to give Doane runners at second and third. Dunn followed with a hit deep in the hole at short and reached with a single but Hincy run into the ball and was out for the final out of the inning. Doane stranded runners at first and second in the sixth inning.
vs. Graceland (L 0-1)
Three pitchers combined to hold the Tigers to five hits over seven innings as the Yellow Jackets picked up a one-run victory over Doane.
Graceland's lone run of the game came in the third inning with two outs off of Tiger starter Britton Scheele. Meredith Meador singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. He came around to score on a single by Chase Kuehl.
Scheele took the loss for Doane, going six innings and scattering six hits and a walk. He struck out three in the game.
Doane had the leadoff batter reach base in four of the seven innings. The best opportunity was a lead-off double by Jason West in the third but he was left at second base.
The Tigers are scheduled to host Dakota State University on March 5 and 6 in Crete.