College of the Ozarks Bobcats took the field for two games in the second day of NCCAA 2019 World Series pool play. Thursday morning, the Bobcats defeated Trinity Christian College (Ill.) by a score of 10-6 and followed up with a 6-3 victory over Randall University (Okla.).
The Bobcats put their first runs of the day on the board against Trinity in the second inning of game one. Kolton Giefer reached on a throwing error and advanced to second. Ryan Daggs drove an RBI double down the left-field line. Cade Little followed with a single to score Daggs’ pinch runner and put the Bobcats up 2-0.
Trinity’s first runs came in the fourth, when they put together two doubles to score a run. In the seventh, the Bobcats tallied three additional runs in the seventh on doubles by Kobe Hammers and Daggs, along with singles by Giefer and Lincoln Rasmussen. Trinity cut the Bobcats' four-run lead to two in the bottom of the eighth.
The Bobcats were not quite finished, scoring five runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a Daggs’ two-run homer and three Bobcat singles. The runs proved beneficial for the Cats, as Trinity put up three runs in the bottom of the ninth before the third out was recorded.
Bryce Burtless picked up the win for C of O. He pitched 7.2. innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 10 hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Sean Neal collected the save. The Bobcats were led at the plate by Cade Little (2-4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Ryan Daggs (3-5, 1 run, 3 RBI, HR, double), and Lincoln Rasmussen (3-5, 2 RBI, double).
In the second matchup of the day, the Bobcats and Randall University Saints each scored one run in the first inning. The Saints recorded their run on a leadoff triple, followed by a single, while the Bobcats scored their run on a combination of three walks, a single, and a Randall throwing error.
The Cats added another run in the second, which featured a double by Hammers, a Saints error, and a sac fly. Both teams were scoreless in the third and fourth.
Randall took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, thanks to four singles and a Bobcat error, but C of O responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 6-3 lead, which held through the final four innings of play.
Andrew Huckaby pitched the complete-game win for the Bobcats, allowing three runs on 12 hits, one walks, and six strikeouts. The Bobcats were led at the plate by Kyle Abrahamson (2-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Ryan Daggs (1-2, 1 run).
The Bobcats will face a big challenge on Friday in their final game of pool play, as they face the No. 3 seed Warner University (Fla.) at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The top two teams in each pool will play later in the day, with the championship game to be held on Saturday.