Korsakas, Doane Shutout Concordia
The Doane baseball team enforced the 10-run mercy rule for the second straight day as they defeated Concordia University, 12-0, in non-conference play. The game, originally scheduled for nine innings ended after the top of the seventh.
Doane starter Mike Korsakas went the distance and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning for the Tigers. He finished the game allowing three hits and two walks while striking out a career-high nine batters.
Korsakas received plenty of run support from his teammate and in part, the Bulldog defense. Concordia committed five errors in the game that led to six unearned runs.
Doane scored five runs in the first inning after there were already two outs to open the frame. Blake Snow singled and moved to second base when Tom Frinkman was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a failed pickoff attempt went into centerfield. Jason West delivered the first two runs of the game with a single to right center. Josh Reed singled and Luke Henderson reached on an error to load the bases for Doane.
Leading 2-0, Dean Henson reached on an error by the shortstop, Anthony Flores, which allowed West and Reed to score. Austin Tharp followed with a single up the middle to score Colton Cochran as he ran for Henderson. Doane left the bases loaded but plated five runs on five hits and three errors.
In the third, the Tigers added three runs. Reed led off the inning and reached on an error by Flores. He was sacrificed over to second base by Henderson and moved into third base on a wild pitch. Henson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Reed.
With two outs, Tharp walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hincy singled to drive in another Doane run with two outs. Hincy stole second base and moved to third as the throw down from the catcher glanced off of Hincy and into left field. AJ Spanel singled to right field to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead. Spanel's hit meant every batter had reached base by the third inning of play.
Doane added to the lead with a four-run, fourth inning. West and Reed led off the inning with back-to-back singles and were moved up a base each on a ground out by Henderson. Henson walked to load the bases and Tharp doubled down the right field line to plate a pair of runs. After a line-out, Spanel singled to drive in Henson and move Tharp to third base. Following a pitching change, Spanel moved to second base on a pitch in the dirt. On the throw down to second, Tharp came in to score the 12th run of the game for Doane.
Korsakas ran into a little trouble over the final three innings, but each time he was able to work out of the jam. The biggest play of the game defensively came as Tharp threw out Flores at the plate in the sixth inning to preserve the shutout.
Tharp went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs for the Tigers. Josh Reed went 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Jason West was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Six players had multiple hits for the Tigers and they combined for all 13 team hits.