Doane Hits Four Home Runs to Top NWU
The Tiger baseball team picked up a non-conference win on Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln, defeating Nebraska Wesleyan, 17-7. The win improved the Tigers' record to 20-12 as they get set for another non-conference game on Wednesday afternoon against Concordia.
Doane scored first, plating two runs in the first inning. AJ Spanel drew a one-out walk and with two down, Mike Albert belted a home run to left field to give Doane a 2-0 lead.
Nebraska Wesleyan came back with three runs in the bottom of the first off of Tiger starter Evan Koetter. John Rust hit a two-out, three-run home run.
Both teams were held off the board over the next three innings as the Prairie Wolves led 3-2 entering the fifth. Doane broke the scoring drought with two runs in the fifth.
Anthony Hincy reached on a bunt single with one out. Blake Snow gave the Tigers the lead on the second two-out, two-run home run of the game for Doane.
Doane exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning. Derin Benson was hit by a pitch and Austin Tharp walked to start the inning for the Tigers. Josh Reed singled to left field to drive in Benson. Hincy reached on an error to load the bases.
Spanel delivered a three-run double to score Tharp, Reed and Hincy. Snow added a single to bring in Spanel to give the Tigers an 8-3 lead. Snow was caught stealing for the first out of the inning while Albert was at the plate. Albert followed with a solo home run to add to the lead.
With the bases clear, Anthony Dunn singled and was run for by Andrew Rohr. For the third time in the game, a Doane batter delivered a two-run home run. Jason West had the honors as he sent one over the left field wall to give the Tigers a 12-3 advantage.
Nebraska Wesleyan struck back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. A hit by pitch and walk opened the inning for NWU and Zach Munford delivered a single for the first run. Derek Erb-Woods followed with a two-run single to cut the Doane lead in half at 12-6. Frankie Patino replaced Koetter and closed out the inning.
Doane took back their nine-run lead by scoring three in the top of the seventh. Spanel and Snow opened the inning with walks and each runner moved up a bag as Albert singled to load the bases. Dunn hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Spanel. Snow and Albert moved into third and second, respectively, on a fly-out by West. Snow came in to score on the play on a throwing error by Munford. Tom Frinkman added a pinch-hit single to drive in Albert as Doane took a 15-6 lead.
The Tigers added two runs in the eighth. With one out, Hincy doubled down the left field line and came around on a single by Spanel. Following a strikeout, Albert went the opposite way, hit a double down the right field line as Doane took a 17-6 lead.
Nebraska Wesleyan used a triple and wild pitch to score their final run in the eighth inning as Doane won by the 10-run mercy rule.
Koetter picked up the win, throwing five-plus innings. He allowed six runs on nine hits while striking out five. Patino picked up the save, throwing three innings and allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.
Albert was 5-for-6 at the plate with three runs and three RBIs, including a pair of home runs. Spanel went 3-for-4 with four runs and four RBIs. Snow added a 2-for-5 showing, scoring twice and knocking in three. Doane finished with 17 hits in the game.