Tigers Take Pair from Bulldogs
Solid pitching and timely hitting lifted Doane to a sweep of Concordia University on Friday afternoon in Crete. The wins took the team total to 30, tying the school record that was set last season. Doane is 30-11 overall and 15-3 in the GPAC with four conference games remaining.
Game One (W 8-2)
Chance Brull threw a three-hitter for the Tigers, allowing two runs, one earned, over seven innings. He walked four but recovered behind 10 strikeouts.
Anthony Hincy generated a run for the Tigers in the first inning. He led off the inning with a walk, stole second and advanced on two ground balls to plate the first run of the game. AJ Spanel picked up the RBI.
In the third, Concordia tied the game as Kyle Ivanoff led off with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Doane came right back with two runs in the third. Austin Tharp was hit by a pitch and Thomas Albert walked to open the inning. Hincy followed with a single to load the bases. Following a force play at the plate, Spanel grounded out to plate Albert. Mike Albert then singled in Hincy for a 3-1 lead.
In the fourth, Doane added three runs. Anthony Dunn singled and Jason West followed with a walk to open the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt, Dylan Flott scored on a single by Thomas Albert. Flott was the courtesy runner for Dunn. Albert stole second and moved up on an errant throw to second base. West scored on the error. Hincy added a RBI-ground out for a 6-1 lead.
Concordia picked up a run in the fifth but Doane answered in the bottom of the inning. Thomas Albert had a bases loaded two-run single to plate Mike Korsakas and West.
For the game, Thomas Albert was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs. West and Hincy also scored two runs while Spanel had two RBIs.
Game Two (W 6-4)
The Tigers rallied and then held on late for the two-run victory and the sweep.
Doane's first run of the game came in the third as Ethan Schroeder had a sacrifice fly to plate Thomas Albert.
Concordia answered with two runs in the fourth off of starter Tim Carlson. There were two outs in the inning before the Bulldog rally started. A two-run double keyed the Bulldogs.
In the bottom of the fourth, Mike Albert led off the inning with a solo home run to tie the game.
The Bulldogs threatened in the sixth with their first two batters reaching base. With runners at the corners and two outs, Mitch VandenBerge picked up a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch.
Doane added to their lead and helped Carlson in his bid for a GPAC win with three runs in the sixth. With two outs and a runner at third, Thomas Albert was hit by a pitch. Hincy followed and hit the first pitch he saw to left-center field for a three-run home run and a 6-2 lead.
The Hincy round-tripper proved important as Concordia came back with two runs in the seventh but a nice defensive play by Schroeder at third ended the game with the tying runs on base.
Carlson picked up the win, throwing five innings and allowing two runs while striking out four. VandenBerge picked up his seventh save as he went two innings.
At the plate, Dunn went 2-for-2 while Hincy led the way with three RBIs. Thomas Albert added two more runs to his total on the day.
Doane will face York College on Saturday, April 23. Both teams are receiving votes in the NAIA national poll.