College of the Ozarks’ Bobcat baseball tallied two wins on Saturday as their offense exploded against Manhattan Christian College (Kan.).
In game one, the Bobcats scored 27 runs over six innings on 19 hits, 10 walks, and four MCC miscues. Meanwhile, the combined Bobcat pitching staff of Jay Kaufman (3 IP, 4 ER, 7 hits 1 BB, 3 SO), Sean Neal (2 IP, 1 hit, 2 SO), and Andrew Huckaby (2 IP, 1 hit, 1 ER, 2 SO) held MCC to six runs on nine hits, with four errors of their own. Hitting highlights for the Bobcats featured homeruns by Joel Ogletree and Zach Ford, a triple by Brent Shinkle, and seven doubles spread throughout the squad. Kobe Hammers went 3-3 at the plate, with two runs scored and one RBI, Shinkle went 2-for-2 with 4 runs scored and one RBI, Max Pulley was 2-3 with one run scored and 3 RBI, and Ogletree went 3-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. Kaufman picked up the win for the Bobcats.
Game two saw the Bobcats continue to attack MCC pitching, as they scored 18 runs on 11 hits and two Thunder errors. The Giefer brothers, Kyle and Kolton, each went 2-2 with one run scored and two RBI, and Max Pulley went 1-2 with one run scored. The remaining six hits were scattered throughout the lineup. Five Bobcat pitchers made an appearance in the game, with Bryce Burtless picking up the win. The Cats pitching staff allowed four earned runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
The Bobcats, now 14-15 on the season, will return to action at home on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, March 19-20, to face some much stiffer competition, taking on Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The OKWU Eagles are ranked No. 13 in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and currently hold a record of 19-4. Game times are 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.