Tigers Sweep Briar Cliff
Doane picked up a pair of wins in softball action on Thursday, sweeping Briar Cliff to improve to 11-7 in GPAC play. The wins moved the Tigers into a tie for fourth with Dordt College, their opponent on Friday.
Game One (W 10-8)
Doane built an early lead and then battled back for the victory.
The Tigers' first run came on a double by Alyssa Maraia that plated Brooke Sampson in the second. In the third, Shelby Mendlik hit a solo home run for the Tigers.
Briar Cliff came back in the fifth with five runs to take a 5-2 lead. Doane came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Mendlik hit her second home run of the game, a two-run blast.
Briar Cliff added a run in the sixth to go up, 6-4. Doane followed with six runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame to take a 10-6 lead. Kara Riesen scored the first Tiger run on a wild pitch. Christy Kobza tied the game with a single to drive in Andrea Gonzales. Doane took the lead as Sampson drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Gina Falciani. Kylie Garrett delivered a three-run double to score Kobza, Mendlik and Sampson.
The Chargers came back with two runs in the seventh but were unable to get any closer as Megan Wingate closed the door on BCU.
Mendlik took a no-decision, throwing four innings and allowing five runs on five hits. Jenna Alswager picked up the win, throwing two innings and allowing one run on two hits. Wingate threw the final inning, allowing two runs on two hits.
Mendlik's two home runs gave her 11 on the season, setting a new single-season record for the Tigers. She finished with three runs and three RBIs in the game. Garrett added three RBIs. Gonzales and Sampson scored two runs each.
Game Two (W 9-0, 5 inn)
Doane scored multiple runs in three different innings as they knocked off BCU in five innings.
In the first inning, Sampson collected an infield hit with the bases loaded to score Falciani for the first run of the game. Kobza scored the second run on a single by Garrett.
The Tigers took a 5-0 lead in the third with three runs. Garrett hit a three-run home run following a walk to Mendlik and a single by Sampson.
Doane closed out the game with a grand slam by Gonzales in the fifth. Sampson was hit by a pitch to open the inning and moved from first to third on a wild pitch. Maraia drew a walk and Jenny Jackson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Gonzales' home run plated the three runners for a walk-off victory.
Garrett picked up the win for Doane, throwing five scoreless innings. She allowed five hits and struck out two. She was also 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the game.
Gonzales added two hits and four RBIs. Sampson led the Tigers with two runs scored.