Doane Clinches Playoff Berth
Doane received a little help in the conference standings on Sunday afternoon while helping their cause with a split in Crete. The Tigers battled second place Morningside while Dakota Wesleyan dropped a pair of games to Dana College.
In game one, 2007 GPAC Pitcher-of-the-Year Kelly Baumert stifled the Tiger hitters. Doane finished with three hits in the game as Morningside won 3-0. The Mustangs collected their three runs in the top of the first inning. Joy Vasa took the loss for the Tigers, allowing nine hits and striking out five.
Morningside struck first in game two, plating a run in the first inning. Doane responded with three runs in the bottom of the first. Stephanie Mosley had an RBI single and Jennifer Montoya followed with a two-run single.
The Mustangs cut the Tiger lead to one with a run in the third but Doane bounced back with three more runs in the bottom of the inning. The Tigers were keyed by a two-run home run from Mosley and a solo home run from Kristin Schmidt.
Morningside added two runs to cut the lead to 6-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Doane added to the lead on Mosley's second home run of the game, a solo shot. Hannah Kroese picked up a pinch hit single in the sixth to plate Doane's final run as Schmidt came across the plate.
Megan Steele picked up the victory, throwing five innings and allowing four runs, three earned. Jennifer Liddell threw the final two innings to collect her second save of the season. The Tigers defeated 2006 GPAC Pitcher-of-the-Year Whitney McElrath for the second time in four years. She holds a 6-2 career record versus the Tigers after the loss.
With the win in game two, Doane clinched a spot in the GPAC tournament which will be played in Hastings starting on May 1 at 2:00 PM.
The Tigers will play Northwestern College in Crete on April 28 at 3:00 PM. The doubleheader can be heard on the Tiger Sports Network.