by Garrett Suchanek
Wednesday night the Concordia softball team almost swept Doane College, the defending GPAC regular season champion, but dropped the first game in extra innings.
In game one Concordia was topped by a final score of 2-1.
The Tigers scratched the pair of runs across in the final two innings of play. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Doane’s Makaela Moore drove in the game-tying run on an RBI single with the bases loaded. Concordia’s junior Kylie Harpst responded by striking out the next batter to go into extra innings.
In the eighth inning, the Bulldogs were retired before scoring any runs. In the bottom half of the inning, the Tigers got the bases loaded again. Just like in the seventh inning, the Tigers pulled through with a walk-off RBI single to earn the win.
In game two the Bulldogs responded well by plating five runs en route to a 5-3 win. Junior Taylor Huff led the way for Concordia with three hits in four plate appearances. Huff scored once and drove in one RBI. Juniors Megan Ruppert and Diana Mendoza and sophomore Michaela Woodward each tallied two hits apiece and combined for three RBIs.
Concordia now sits at 17-6 overall and 2-2 in GPAC.
Concordia will return to action when it hosts its first home games of the year. The Bulldogs will face Briar Cliff in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.