Bobcat baseball traveled to Fulton, Missouri this weekend to play a four-game series against the William Woods University Owls. In Friday’s matchup, the Bobcats and Owls split the doubleheader, with the Owls taking game one, 12-1, and the Bobcats capturing the win in game two, 5-3.
In game one, the Owls tallied 12 runs on 18 hits and one Bobcat error. WWU put up two runs on five singles in the first, three runs on a double and three singles in the third, and followed with a seven-run sixth inning. Every batter in the WWU lineup recorded a hit. Meanwhile, the Bobcats scattered five hits, featuring a 2-4 performance by Kyle Abrahamson. Max Pulley collected the team’s only RBI, and Kolton Giefer and Lincoln Rasmussen each went 1-2 at the plate. Collan Thrasher suffered the loss for C of O, taking his record to 5-7.
Game two found the Bobcats taking an early 1-0 lead on a leadoff double by Pulley, single by Abrahamson, and Jay Kaufman sacrifice fly. The Cats scored another run in the top of the second, as Rasmussen singled, Westin Gann doubled, and Brent Shinkle drove in the run on a sac fly. The Owls responded with a run in the bottom of both the second and third innings to tie up the game at 2.
In the top of the fourth, C of O took advantage of three Owls’ errors, combined with an Abrahamson single to collect two runs on just one hit, resulting in a 4-2 lead. Kole Kelley led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a Giefer single. Meanwhile, Bryce Burtless held WWU scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The Owls opened the bottom of the seventh with three consecutive singles to score a run before Burtless closed out the game for a 5-3 victory, stranding three runners on base.
Leading the Bobcats at the plate were: Kelley (2-3, 1R), Abrahamson (2-4, 2RBI), and Giefer (2-4). Burtless pitched a completed game, giving up 3 earned runs on 11 hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. The win takes his season record to 3-4.
The Bobcats (23-24) and Owls (18-28) will face off again on Saturday in a doubleheader, with the first pitch at noon.