College of the Ozarks opened up a four game series with a doubleheader against Baker University (Kan.) on Thursday losing both games, 3-1 and 11-4.
C of O quickly tallied a run in the first inning following a Max Pulley (1-2, run) single. A Jay Kaufman (3-3, double) single to left center moved Pulley into scoring position. Pulley would later be pushed-in on a sacrifice bunt by Kole Kelley (1-2, RBI). Unfortunately, the Bobcats were only able to scatter three other hits for the game.
Collan Thrasher started game one on the mound for the Bobcats. With the exception of a bumpy three-run second inning, Thrasher pitched a complete game gem with seven strikeouts on just 102 pitches.
For game two, C of O started lefty Kyle Giefer. Again, the Bobcats jumped on top early scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first after a Kole Kelly (1-3, 2 RBI, run) walk and a Kyle Abrahamson (1-4, double, run) single. Max Pulley (2-3, RBI) notched the first RBI with a single through the hole at shortstop. Following a Joel Ogletree (0-2, 2 BB) walk, Kyle Abrahamson scored on a balk by Baker University pitcher Jared Parenti.
Baker wasted no time striking back in the top of the second, scoring three runs on three hits and an error. The Wildcats were able to knock out starter Kyle Giefer in the top of the fifth inning scoring four runs on four hits. Baker tacked on another four runs against the Bobcat bullpen in the sixth to go up 11-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, C of O attempted to mount a comeback started by a Lincoln Rassmussen (1-3, double) double to deep right field. After a Ryan Daggs (1-3, run) infield single, Kole Kelly singled to left scoring Daggs and courtesy runner Zach Ford. A pair of Bobcat strikeouts helped the Wildcats escape the inning without any other damage. Baker University reliever Jace Johns closed the door in the seventh to finish the win, 11-4.
The Bobcats will face-off with Baker University again tomorrow (Friday, February 22) for another doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.