Bobcat baseball struggled to push runners across the plate against Baker University (Kan.) on Friday, dropping the doubleheader, 11-3 and 6-1.
Game one saw the Baker Hillcats score four runs over the first three innings, before the Bobcats responded with one in the bottom of the fourth to pull within three runs. Both teams were scoreless in the fifth, but Baker produced 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 errors in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to eight. The Bobcats scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Baker responded with two runs in the top of the seventh. A scoreless Bobcat seventh, resulted in an 11-3 win for Baker on 13 hits and four Bobcat miscues. Baker’s leadoff hitter Kyle Klomfahs went 3-4 at the plate, with a double, one run scored, and 1 RBI. Bobcat Jay Kaufman went 3-4 at the plate, including a double, and freshman Kyle Abrahamson was 2-3, but neither had the opportunity to cross the plate. Westin Gann went 1-3 with a sacrifice fly and a 2-run homer to drive in all three of the Bobcats’ runs. Kaufman took the loss for the Bobcats, while David Tudhope picked up the Hillcat win.
In the second game, the Baker hitters opened up with three doubles, a walk, a sac fly, and a wild pitch to score four quick runs, knocking Bobcat starting pitcher Bryce Burtless from the game. Senior Ethan Whiteis took the mound with one on and, despite giving up the fourth Hillcat double of the inning, was able to close out the inning without any further damage. The Hillcats put together two runs on three hits in the second, but were held scoreless by Whiteis the remainder of the game. Unfortunately for both the Bobcats and Whiteis, the Cats managed to tally only one run on five hits, with their lone run coming in the fourth inning. Noah Briley collected the Baker victory, while Burtless suffered the loss. Dawson Nimmo went 1-for-2 to lead the Cats at the plate. Ryan Daggs (1-3) drove in the Bobcat run.
Friday’s two losses move the Bobcats’ season record to 4-11. They will look to move back into the win column next week, as they face Evangel University in a doubleheader on Tuesday, followed by four games at home next weekend against Manhattan Christian College.