GPAC Tournament Update
Doane College had an eventful first day of the GPAC Tournament, finishing with a 2-1 record on the day. The Tigers advanced to Day Two of the double elimination tournament.
In the opening game of the day, Doane took on Midland Lutheran College. The Tigers struck first as Kristin Schmidt hit a solo home run for the Tigers. MLC tied the game in the bottom of the first and the two teams would remain tied until the sixth.
In the sixth, Midland Lutheran scored two runs off of Joy Vasa to take a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning. Down to their final three outs, the Tigers battled right back and received a game-tying pinch-hit single from Christy Kobza. Amy Hamik re-entered for Kobza on the bases, stole second and scored on a base hit by Whitney Poole for the eventual game-winning run. Vasa shut down the Warriors in the final inning and Doane won, 4-3.
In game two, Doane faced one of the toughest pitchers in the GPAC in Whitney McElrath. The Tigers were 1-6 against her going into the season but put up eight runs on Sunday for a victory and picked up where they left off in this game. Doane scored eight runs in the first four innings and took a commanding 8-1 lead.
Morningside battled back with three runs in the fifth but the Tigers added another in the top of the seventh for a 9-4 lead. However, it was not enough as the Mustangs hit a pair of home runs in the seventh inning, one for a walk-off victory, 11-9.
The Tigers had to bounce back quickly as they took on Hastings College in an elimination game. Hastings struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning but that would be all the Broncos could put together against starter Megan Steele and Doane rallied for a 6-2 win.
Kristin Schmidt hit her third home run in as many games to help carry the Tigers. She finished the day with six RBIs, three versus Hastings.
The Tigers will play Concordia in the GPAC Tournament elimination bracket. The game can be heard on the Tiger Sports Network at 12:00 PM.