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Jimmies Roundup: Baseball splits in doubleheader Saturday

Mar. 30—CRETE, Neb. — Alex Alva's Saturday at Doane University's Doane Ballfield Complex started on a pretty good note.

The University of Jamestown sophomore got the Jimmies on the board in game No. 1 with a two-run home run in the top of the third inning.

Alva and UJ baseball team split Saturday's doubleheader against the ninth-ranked Tigers, winning 10-1 in the opener before the Tigers won 7-3 in the second game.

Jordan Singleton kept the homerun train rolling, leading off the fourth with a solo shot. Isaiah Roebuck and Alva both collected RBI singles to help the Jimmies extend their lead to 5-0.

Doane scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth which was followed by four more runs from UJ in the next half-inning.

With the bases loaded, Alva singled to score Jett Nelson for the first run. Roebuck came home on a wild pitch, then Ryan Muizelaar hit a two-run single to score Alva and Riki Okamoto to seal the deal for UJ.

Jimmie pitcher Avery Liestman went the distance on the mound, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out seven and walked one.

Alva and Roebuck finished with three hits each. Singleton also had a multi-hit game.

In game No. 2 Jamestown pushed home two runs in the top of the first without the benefit of a hit. Alva and Chase Burke both walked then pulled off a double steal to give the Jimmies runners at second and third.

On the next play, Muizelaar grounded out to third, but Alva scored and Burke moved up to third to put him 90 feet away from scoring the Jimmies' second run of the game. Singleton flew out to right field to drive in Burke with the sacrifice fly.

Doane tied the game with a single run in each of the first two innings but the score remained 2-2 until the top of the fifth.

With one out in the fifth, Singleton's second sacrifice fly of the game brought in Okamoto for a 3-2 Jimmie lead but the Tigers answered in the bottom half of the inning with five runs. One of the Tigers' hits was a bases-loaded triple that extended Doane's lead to 7-3.

Burke and Okamoto had UJ's two hits, while Burke, Alva, and Nelson each had a stolen base to their name.

Jack Howard took the loss for the Jimmies after giving up six runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one.

UJ is now 19-9 on the year and 5-5 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Doane is 23-5 overall and 9-1 in conference. Next up for UJ is a home game against Northwestern College on April 6. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at Jack Brown Stadium.