Bobcat baseball dropped both games of Friday’s doubleheader against the Culver-Stockton College Wildcats, 2-1 and 5-0.
The first game featured Bobcat senior Jay Kaufman and Wildcats Andrew Wimberly on the mound. Kaufman opened the first by throwing a strikeout and two quick ground outs to shut down CSC. Max Pulley led off the bottom of the frame with a single for the Bobcats. With one out and Jay Kaufman at the plate, Pulley stole second base and shortly thereafter advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kaufman hit a grounder to third, and the Wildcats were unsuccessful in their attempt to throw Pulley out at the plate, giving the Cats a 1-0 advantage. The Wildcats responded with a run of their own in the top of the second on an Alex Satunas double and Jonny Damon single, then posted their second run in the top of the fourth with Satunas and Damon partnering once again. The Bobcats proceeded to put runners on the bases throughout the game, but were unable to score, leaving ten runners stranded.
Highlights of the game featured Max Pulley throwing a runner out at the plate to shut down the Wildcats’ charge in the third inning and a diving outfield catch by Kyle Abrahamson in the top of the sixth. Abrahamson also led the Cats with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Wimberly picked up a complete -game win for CSC, giving up one run on five hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. Kaufman suffered a tough loss, allowing two runs on six hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.
In game two, the Wildcats opened with the leadoff hitter reaching on an errant throw, a wild pitch advancing the runner, and a sac fly by TJ Durfee to score one run. Jonathon Lopez followed with a homerun to left on a 3-2 count to give CSC a two-run lead. The Bobcats saw Brent Shinkle single to right field to open the bottom of the inning and advance to second on a stolen base. Kaufman also singled in the inning with two outs to move Shinkle to third, but the Cats could not drive him in. In the top of the second, Bobcat miscues foiled Bobcat Ethan Whiteis’ efforts on the mound, as the Wildcats tallied three runs on two hits and three errors. Whiteis departed with two outs, giving up one earned run, one walk, and striking out one. Bryce Burtless took the mound for the Cats with two outs and proceeded to hold the Wildcats to two hits, posting two walks and four strikeouts. The Bobcats tallied ten hits for the game, but they never managed to fall together at the same time to produce any runs, leaving seven runners stranded on the basepath. Whiteis suffered the loss for the Bobcats, while Jonny Damon picked up a complete-game win.
Highlights of the game included a great throw from behind the plate by Lincoln Rasmussen to cut down a runner attempting to steal third base in the top of the sixth, along with a diving catch in left field by Zach Ford in the top of the seventh. Leading the Bobcats at the plate in game two were Jay Kaufman and Lincoln Rasmussen, who both went 2-for-3. Max Pulley posted the Bobcats’ only extra-base hit with a double.
CofO (9-16) will have a break in action this coming week and look to get back into the win column, as they face Manhattan Christian in a four-game series next weekend. The games, originally scheduled to be held in Kansas, have been moved to College of the Ozarks.