Dana Sweeps Doane in GPAC Action

The Doane softball team dropped a pair of close games to Dana College on Tuesday evening, falling to 9-7 in conference play. Doane is now 17-14 overall. The Vikings held off the Tigers in game one, 3-1, and took game two, 5-2.

Game One
Doane scored their lone run of the game in the first inning. Hannah Kroese drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a stolen base. She moved into third base on a ground out and scored on a double by Brooke Sampson.

Dana came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game on a solo home run by Brianne Nutty.

Nutty was also in the pitcher's circle for the Vikings and held the Tigers to a pair of hits over the final six innings.

Dana took the lead in the fourth with two runs. A walk, single and passed ball with one out put a pair of runners in scoring position for Nutty. She hit a sacrifice fly to give the Vikings the lead and Paige Lager doubled to bring the score to 3-1.

Doane had one base runner in the final three innings.

Jenna Alswager took the loss for Doane, allowing three runs, one earned, over five innings of work. She gave up seven hits and four walks while striking out two. Megan Wingate threw the final inning for the Tigers.

Sampson was joined by Jennifer Montoya and Deidre Cardoza with the only hits for Doane.

Game Two
Like game one, both teams scored in the first inning. Dana used a big sixth inning to take the game from Doane.

Whitney Poole led off with a single and stole second and third base. She came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Hannah Kroese.

Dana tied the game with a lead-off single and a two-out single to even the score at 1-all.

Doane took the lead in the sixth as Kroese led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christy Kobza. With two outs, Kroese scored on a passed ball to put Doane ahead, 2-1.

With one out in the sixth, the Vikings picked up three straight singles to load the bases. Doane starter Jennifer Liddell induced a pop out to shortstop for the second out of the inning but walked the next batter to tie the game. Kayla Mohr followed with a three-run double that proved to be the difference in the game.

Poole and Kobza had two hits apiece for the Tigers. Poole also had three stolen bases to increase her team-high total to 33.

Liddell took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks over six innings.