Runs came in bunches Sunday afternoon at Jack Brown Stadium Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately for the University of Jamestown baseball team, it was too little, too late.
Doane (Neb.) clinched a share of the GPAC regular season championship by defeating the Jimmies 8-3 and 16-12.
Jamestown finishes the regular season with a record of 28-21 and 13-14 in the conference. UJ will be the sixth seed in the upcoming postseason tournament and will face third seed Mount Marty (S.D.) Thursday at noon in Crete, Neb.
The Tigers struck for three runs in the top of the second against Jimmie starter Kensaku Akiya, then chased the right-hander after adding another run in the top of the fifth. Akiya lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out three.
Doane added to their lead in the top of the sixth, getting to UJ reliever Andy Reed for four runs on four hits in just a third of an inning.
Jamestown got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth as Grant Okawa came home on Lincoln Trujillo’s single. It was the only run allowed by Tiger starter Jordan Wisner over six innings. Wisner gave up five hits, walked two and struck out six before Christian McCown took over in the bottom of the seventh.
Kendall Yackley drew a leadoff walk, then Connor Mormon connected on a two-run home run to make it 8-3. Staley Gilmore relieved McCown and was greeted by a Chase Hacker single. Pinch-hitter Nolan Turin grounded into a double play, and after Okawa walked, Gilmore struck out Luke Shekeryk for the final out.
Brice Foster was 3-for-3 to lead the Jimmie offense.
Ten balls left the yard in game two in a game where both teams also combined for 28 runs and 36 hits.
Talon Little’s grand slam made it 4-0 Doane in the top of the third, but Jamestown came back for three runs in the bottom half on a two-run home run by Brian Rice and a solo shot by Dylan Dudley.
Doane scored twice in the fourth, one more in the fifth, four in the sixth, and another in the seventh to go ahead 12-3. Luke Shekeryk’s single and Tanner Shepard’s bases-clearing double cut the lead to 12-7.
The Tigers added a pair of runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings as Jamestown faced what seemed to be an insurmountable nine-run deficit going into their final time at-bat.
With one out, Mike Asahara doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. Shepard singled to score Asahara and was lifted for pinch-runner Blake Arritola. Arritola stole second and advanced to third on a bunt attempt by Chase Hacker. Rice singled in Arritola, forcing the Tigers to bring in reliever Thaniel Trumper. Okawa hit a two-run home run followed by a solo homer from Jared Bentley to make it 16-12. Trujillo singled and Tayler Cullen to put runners at second and third with two out, but Little came on to get the final out and complete the Sunday sweep for Doane.
Trujillo finished 3-for-6, while Rice, Okawa, Dudley, Shepard, and Hacker all had a pair of hits.
Yackley started for Jamestown and took the loss, lasting 3 2/3 innings while giving up six runs on six hits. He walked two and did not strike out a batter.
University of Jamestown 8, Doane University 3
D 030 014 0 -- 8 14 0
J 000 001 2 -- 3 7 1
Batteries: D, Jordan Wisner, Christian (7), Staley Gilmore (7) and Tucker Catlett. J, Kensaku Akiya, Andy Reed (5), Noah Soltero (6), Nick Lindberg (7) and Dirk Eymundson, Connor Mormon (7). W-Wisner. L-Akiya.
Highlights: D, Wisner 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 6 SO; Jaryn Nakamotoa 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R; Talon Little 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; Joe Osborn 1-4, 2B, RBI, R; Brett Meyer 2-4, 2B, R.
J, Akiya 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 2 SO; Reed 2/3 IP, 4H, 4 E, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO; Lindberg 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO; Mormon 1-1, HR, 2 RBI; Brice Foster 3-3.
Records: Doane 31-16-1, 20-7 GPAC. Jamestown 28-20, 13-13.
University of Jamestown 16, Doane University 12
D 004 214 122 -- 16 18 1
J 003 000 405 -- 12 18 0
Batteries: D, Kyler Beekman, Jake Johnson (4) Hyunjun Chung (6), Staley Gilmore (7), Talo Little (9) and Jack Tillman. Kendall Yackley, Cameron Jenkins (4), Austin Pesicka (5), Brice Foster (6), Mitchell Dennis (7), Logan O"neil (8), Ben Ray (8), Trey Evans (9) and Connor Mormon. W-Johnson. L-Yackley.
Highlights: D, Beekman 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO; Johnson 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO; Any Theiler 2-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI; Talon Little 2-5, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R; Joe Osborn 3-6, HR, 2B, 2 RBI; Jack Tillman 3-5, HR, 2B, RBI; Lukas White 2-4, HR, RBI, 3 R.
J, Yakley 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 0 SO; Evans 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO; Jared Bentley 1-1, HR, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R; Grant Okawa 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, R; Dylan Dudley 2-2, HR, RBI; Brian Rice 2-6, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R; Tayler Cullen 1-3, 2B, R; Michael Asahara 1-3, 2B, 2 R; Tanner Shepard 2-2, 2B, 4 RBI.
Records: Doane 32-16-1, 21-7 GPAC. Jamestown 28-21, 13-14.