The Bobcat baseball team traveled to Claremore, Oklahoma on Wednesday to face NCAA Division II Rogers State University. The Bobcats were unable to bring home the win, falling to the Hillcats, 6-1.
The first inning found the Bobcats with two on base and one out, but the Cats could not push a run across the plate. Rogers State batters collected two hits, placing runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the frame, but a double play left them scoreless as well.
Pitchers Ethan Whiteis for the Bobcats and Jackson Simonsgaard for the Hillcats, controlled the next few innings. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth that the Hillcats scored a run, doing so without a hit.
The Bobcats got some action going in the top of the fifth with two on and one out, but the Hillcats quickly doused any hopes of scoring as they turned a double play. The Hillcats once again made some noise in the bottom of the inning, as they scored two runs on one hit and one error, taking a 3-0 lead. Rogers State scored three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to lead 6-0.
It was in the top of the eighth that the Bobcats scored their first and only run of the game. Jay Kaufman was hit by a pitch with two outs. Kaufman advanced to second on a wild pitch by the Hillcats’ reliever, and Ryan Daggs singled up the middle for his third hit of the game to score Kaufman. Daggs came into the game to pitch a three-up, three-down inning in the bottom of the eighth, but the Bobcats were shutdown with a double play in the top of the ninth to close out the game.
Bobcat newcomer Ryan Daggs led his team at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one RBI. Daggs is batting .455 to date with a .864 slugging percentage. Sophomore Max Pulley was 2-for-4 on the day, and Jay Kaufman went 1-for-3 with one run scored. Four errors, three of which resulted in runs, certainly factored into the Bobcats’ loss.
Jackson Simonsgaard picked up his second win of the season for Rogers State (5-2). Ethan Whiteis, who gave up 2 earned runs on 4 hits, suffered the loss for the Bobcats (3-4).
College of the Ozarks will look to pick up some wins this coming weekend, as they host Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.). The Bobcats were scheduled to travel to Illinois for the games, but weather forecasts moved the games to the Bobcats’ home field. The two teams will play at 1 and 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at Bob Smith Field on the College of the Ozarks’ campus.