College of the Ozarks baseball split Saturday’s doubleheader against Kansas Wesleyan University. The Bobcats picked up a 7-4 win in game one, while the Yotes took the second game of the twin bill, 15-4.
In the first game of the day, Bobcat pitching started out a bit shaky, with Connor Pomering facing seven batters in the first inning. However, he held the Yotes to only one run. The Bobcats came back in the bottom of the inning to put two runs on the board, thanks in part to singles from Max Pulley, Jay Kaufman, Kole Kelley, and Westin Gann, and aided by two KWU miscues. The Yotes put up a run in the top of the third to tie the game at two, but Bobcat newcomer Ryan Daggs (Greenwod, Ark.) hit the team’s first homerun of the season in the bottom of the inning to give the Bobcats a 3-2 lead. CofO added another run in the fourth on a Zac Ford bunt base hit followed by a Max Pulley double for a 4-2 edge. The Yotes responded by scoring a run in the 5th and the 8th to tie the game at 4 apiece. The Bobcats rallied to score three runs on three hits, two walks, and a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning. Daggs came in to pitch the ninth inning for the Bobcats, shutting down the Yotes in order to secure the 7-4 win and pick up a save. Kyle Giefer (Kickapoo HS) collected the win. Leading the Bobcats at the plate were Jay Kaufman (3-4, 1 RBI), Max Pulley (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 run, double), Ryan Daggs (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 run, homerun), and Kole Kelley (2-4, 1 RBI).
The second game of the day saw the Bobcats’ pitching staff struggle, as six pitchers took the mound in the seven-inning game. Kansas Wesleyan’s bats came to life and tallied 15 runs on 16 hits and one error. Yotes’ pitcher Jake Olofson notched a win, as he pitched 6 innings, giving up three earned runs, while striking out four batters. KWU’s first baseman Kealen Martin drove in five runs, going 2-4 at the plate, and shortstop Craig Bettis went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. The Bobcats managed just five hits in the game, two of which came from right fielder Max Pulley, who was 2-3 with two runs scored, 3RBI, and a homerun. Daggs, Kyle Abrahamson, and Kolton Giefer each added a hit. Jay Kaufman suffered the loss for the Bobcats.
For the weekend, Bobcats’ Max Pulley and Jay Kaufman went 5-11 to open their season at the plate and Kole Kelley was 3-6. Pulley (5-11, 4RBI, 4 runs, homerun, double); Kaufman (5-11, 2 RBI, double); Kelley (3-6, 2RBI). The Bobcats open up the season with a 2-1 record. College of the Ozarks will be on the road Tuesday to play on 9-inning game at Central Baptist College in Conway, Ark.