Dordt defeats Doane 10-8
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt held on to a 10-1 lead and forged a 10-8 win over Doane in GPAC play in game two of the doubleheader in Crete, Nebraska. It was Dordt’s second straight sweep in conference play.
Dordt scored three in the first when Cam Gingerich singled in Jake Thayer and Zach Fowler followed with a run scoring double. Josh Van Eps reached on an error and the miscue allowed Fowler to score the third run of the frame.
Doane came back with a run on a two-out single in the bottom of the first inning but Dordt had a response.
The Defenders plated five runs with the benefit of just two hits and the Defenders capitalized on three walks, an error and a passed ball. Fowler again came through with double, this time clearing the bases. Fowler later scored on a throwing error to give Dordt an 8-1 lead.
Doane made it interesting with two runs on two hits in the fourth and then banged out five runs on five hits in the fourth inning, chasing Dordt starter Tyler Wiedner at the conclusion of the frame.
Dordt added two unearned runs in the fourth to lead 10-6.
Dordt was retired in order in the fifth inning and Alex Terpstra took over for the Defenders on the mound and gave up two runs before getting out of the inning as Doane left two runners on base.
Dordt missed opportunities to extend the lead with two runners stranded in the sixth, one in the seventh, two in the eighth and another in the ninth. Meanwhile, Doane stranded a runner in each of the sixth and seventh innings.
Doane put together one more threat in the ninth when Nathan Sliva singled off of relief pitcher Trent Roose. Roose was forced to leave the game AND Cole Samuelson came on in relief and struck out the only batter he faced to preserve the win.
Dordt outhit Doane 15-13.
Doane committed four errors and allowed four unearned runs.
Terpstra was the winning pitcher with four hits allowed while giving up two runs in four innings. The win was Terpstra’s first of the season in three appearances—all of them in relief.
The save was Samuelson’s first of the year.
Zach Fowler’s five hits tie a Dordt game record, matching Jake Thayer, Ted Steffel and Gene Hospers. He had four runs batted in and scored two runs. He had two doubles and three singles.
Cam Gingerich had three hits with two runs batted in and now has 201 career hits.
Jake Thayer had three hits and scored two and was issued a walk.
Josh Van Eps had two hits.
Dordt is now 10-10 in GPAC play and 17-20 overall. Doane is 8-14 in the GPAC and 17-26 overall. The two teams will play again on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00.