Rain Doesn't Stop Rivalry Games
Rain couldn't stop the action between two GPAC rivals on Saturday afternoon in Crete. Doane managed a split with Nebraska Wesleyan in the GPAC regular season finale and will now await their fate for the post-season tournament as there are three other teams that could take the final playoff spot away from the Tigers.
In game one, Evan Koetter came into the game out of the bullpen and threw 4.2 solid innings as Doane came away with a 10-9 victory.
Doane jumped out early with two runs in the first but NWU rallied with six runs in the third to take a 7-2 lead. In the bottom of the third, Doane rallied to retake the lead with six runs of their own. The Tigers were keyed by Bryan Dutcher's grand slam. He finished the game with a 2-for-4 effort.
The two teams battled back and forth and NWU tied the game at 9-9 in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh and two outs, Thomas Frinkman was at the plate with runners at first and second. He hit a slow roller towards left field but NWU shortstop Matt Coatman knocked it down on the infield to prevent the winning run from scoring. However, Tim Engelhaupt came to the plate and laced a shot to the left-center gap for the game winning hit.
In game two, NWU struck early and used a five-run third inning to top Doane, 9-5. Chris Williams went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Tigers. Luke Henderson went 3-for-4 in the game. Evan Bumgarner moved to the mound in the fifth inning and threw three scoreless innings for Doane.
The Tigers will play Manhattan Christian College in Marysville, Kan., on April 28.