MARION, Ind. - The opening of game of the 2012 NAIA Baseball Opening Round was anything but boring as the Doane College Tigers needed 11 innings to close out a 7-6 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Doane got on the board early, scoring 5 runs in the first 3 innings. Mount Vernon then turned up their defense and held the Tigers until they scored the game winning runs in the 11th.
With 4 errors in the first three innings the Cougars began to claw their way back with some hitting, scoring 2 in both the 7th and 8th to tie the game going into the 9th inning.
In the top of the 9th Doane stranded and runner on first and left the ball in Mount Vernon's court to take the win in the bottom of the 9th. The Cougars were unable to take the game, taking three quick outs and heading to extra innings with no one on base.
Both teams went scoreless through the 10th, Doane stranding one and MVNU leaving 2.
A dropped popup in the top of the 11th, coupled with a wild pitch that squirted under the Mount Vernon catcher allowed Doane to take a 2 run lead going into the bottom of the inning. Mount Vernon made things interesting getting a run on a sacrifice fly, and advancing a runner to second. Unfortunately for the Cougars, with 2 outs, Jordan Doherty was called out on a tight play at first to end the game.
Doane will now face the top seed of the Marion Bracket, Concordia University Irvine in the evening game. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00pm between the top seeded Eagles and the #5 Tigers.