College of the Ozarks Bobcat baseball picked up two wins on Friday afternoon in a home doubleheader against Manhattan Christian College, 6-0 and 14-2, to improve their record to 12-15 on the season.
The Bobcats opened game one with their ace, Collan Thrasher, on the mound. Neither team scored during the first three innings, and Bobcat second baseman Jay Kaufman made a great diving play at second to close out the top of the fourth for MCC. In the bottom of the frame, the Cats scored three runs on two walks, an error, and a Kole Kelley single. After Thrasher struck out three consecutive batters in the top of five, the Bobcats added two more runs on a misplayed fly ball, a triple by Kole Kelley, and a single by Kyle Giefer. The Bobcats added one more run in the bottom of the sixth, giving them a 6-0 advantage. Connor Pomering came in to pitch the final three innings and complete the shutout. Collan Thrasher picked up the win for the Bobcats giving up just two hits, walking none, and striking out 11. Pomering gave up no hits, walked one, and struck out one. Leading the Bobcats at the plate were Max Pulley (2-2, 2RBI, BB, HP, SB) and Ryan Daggs (1-1, 1R, double, BB).
Game two found the Bobcats once again putting the opening run on the board, as Max Pulley doubled and Kole Kelley singled to score the runner. The Thunder responded in the top of the second with a run of their own, generated by two singles and a wild pitch. Bobcat Bryce Burtless generated some excitement, as he tripled with two outs in the bottom of the second, but he was stranded at third. CofO pitcher Kyle Giefer settled in to get three quick outs in the third, and Thunder miscues helped his cause in the bottom of the inning, as the Bobcats scored two runs on a hit by pitch, single and an outfield error. In the bottom of the fifth the Bobcats tallied nine runs on seven hits and four errors. The inning was highlighted by a Ryan Daggs ground rule double, Kolton Giefer 2 RBI single, Burtless RBI single, Pulley triple, and a three-run collegiate-first home run for freshman Cade Little. With a 14-1 lead, Ozzie Sindland took the mound for the Bobcats, giving up a walk, pass ball, and a single to give the Thunder their second and final run of the game. Isaac Norsic pitched three ground ball outs in the top of the seventh to close out the game for the Bobcats. Kyle Giefer collected the win, pitching five innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, with three walks and eight strikeouts. Bobcat leaders at the plate featured: Bryce Burtless (3-3, 2RBI, 2R, double, triple) and Max Pulley (2-3, 1RBI, 3R, double, triple, HP).
The two teams will face off again on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at noon at College of the Ozarks Coach Bob Smith Field.