Northwestern Rallies to Sweep Doane

The Tiger baseball team let a pair of games get away as they dropped a doubleheader to Northwestern College on Saturday in Orange City. Northwestern took the first game, 8-7, and scored four runs in the final inning of game two for a 9-8 win.

Game One
Northwestern jumped on the board with three runs in the first inning on three hits. The Red Raiders used a two-out double to plate their second and third runs of the inning.

Doane came right back in the top of the second as they scored five runs. Anthony Dunn singled and moved to second with two-outs as Luke Henderson walked. Colton Cochran ran for Henderson and each batter moved up as Dean Henson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Anthony Hincy drew a RBI walk to score first run of the game for the Tigers. AJ Spanel followed with a three-run double to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Blake Snow followed with a RBI single to bring in Spanel.

The Red Raiders got to Tiger starter Jacob Cathey with three runs in the third inning. A two-out triple tied the game at 5-all and the Red Raiders added another run to go ahead 6-5 after three innings, knocking Cathey out of the game.

Doane retook the lead in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs. With one out, Spanel doubled and Snow walked. Mike Albert reached on an error to load the bases. Following a pop-out, Dunn singled to give the Tigers the lead, 7-6, as Spanel and Snow scored.

Jacob Bartek replaced Cathey and kept Northwestern off the board in the fourth. The Red Raiders were able to pick up two runs in the fifth without a hit. A walk and hit by pitch to open the inning forced Bartek out of the game and Matt Komenda replaced the right-hander. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and the Red Raiders responded with a pair of sacrifice flies to take the lead.

The Tigers were unable to get anything going in the final two innings.

Bartek took the loss, going one inning and allowing two runs without giving up a hit. Cathey threw three innings, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks. Komenda threw the final two innings, allowing a walk.

Dunn went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs while Snow was 3-for-3 with a run and a RBI. Spanel went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the game. The trio combined for eight of the nine hits the Tigers had in the game.

Game Two
The Tigers saw three different leads slip away as Northwestern scored four runs in the final inning to defeat Doane, 9-8.

Doane jumped ahead with two runs in the first inning. Anthony Hincy led off with a single and stole second base. He came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Blake Snow. With the bases empty, the Mike Albert followed with a solo home run to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Northwestern followed with an unearned run against Tiger starter Ryan Otto.

The Red Raiders tied the game in the fourth inning. With two down, Northwestern collected a single followed by a triple to tie the game at 2-all.

Doane came back to take the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Josh Reed led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Derin Benson. Austin Tharp broke the tie with a single to score Reed. Hincy singled to move Tharp to second base. Following a fielder's choice that left runners at the corners, Snow delivered a single to plate Tharp and give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.

Northwestern came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, the Red Raiders collected back-to-back singles to drive in a run to cut the Tiger lead in half. Chance Brull replaced Otto and the Northwestern left the bases loaded.

Doane retook a two run lead with a run in the top of the sixth. Jason West singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out error committed by Northwestern.

However, the Red Raiders were able to make up for the error by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. With two outs and no runners on, Northwestern used a hit and two walks to load the bases for Brad Payne. The First Team All-GPAC shortstop a year ago delivered with a two-run single to tie the game at 5-all.

The Tigers had the top of the order up to begin the seventh. Hincy led off with a single and moved to second on a throwing error. Spanel grounded out to move Hincy to third base with one out.

Snow followed with a single to drive in his third run of the game. Albert singled to move Snow into third base. With West at the plate, Snow scored on a passed ball. West then singled to move Albert to third base. Albert was tagged out at the plate as Dunn hit into a fielder's choice to third base. Reed picked the Tigers up with a single that brought in West to give Doane an 8-5 lead.

Northwestern came back with four runs on three hits, a Tiger error, walk and a hit by pitch. Three of the runs scored with two outs.

Matt Komenda took the loss, throwing one-third of an inning, allowing one unearned run on two hits. Brull allowed five runs on three hits and five walks in 1.2 innings pitched. Otto took a no-decision, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out three in 4.2 innings.

At the plate, Snow went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs. Hincy went 3-for-4 with two runs in the leadoff spot. West went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Five batters had multiple hits for the Tigers.