College of the Ozarks Bobcats swept Central Christian College (McPherson, Kan.) in their four-game series this weekend.
To open the afternoon on Saturday, the Bobcats picked up a 7-1 win over the Tigers on a complete game by sophomore right-hander Christian Vonderheide, who gave up 1 run on 4 hits, walking one and striking out 7.
The Cats and Tigers were knotted up at one at the end of 3. In the bottom of the 5th, however, the Cats put a 6-spot on the board with four singles, a double, two walks and a Tiger error.
The Bobcats were led at the plate by freshman second baseman Kole Kelley and junior centerfielder Austin Schweiss, both of whom were 2-for-2 in the game, each with one walk. Kelley scored one run, posted an RBI, and stole a base, while Schweiss picked up 2 RBI and a double. In addition, J.D. Payne and Tad Mitchell went 1-for-3, both scoring one run and picking up one RBI. Vonderheide, now 4-2, has a solid 2.38 ERA.
Between games, the College recognized Bobcat senior leaders (left to right in the picture) Cody Hull, Jason Myers and Caleb Rowold—thanking them for their many contributions to the team.
In Game 2, Collan Thrasher, a Bobcat freshman right-hander, pitched 5.2 innings to earn the win in the Cats’ 5-1 victory over CCC. Thrasher gave up one run on four hits while striking out six batters and walking none. Seniors Caleb Rowold and Jason Myers each pitched in relief to close out the final 1.1 innings, neither giving up any hits or runs. Thrasher is now 2-1 with one save and 32 strikeouts/13 walks in 46 innings pitched.
Bobcat freshman shortstop Jacob Karlson went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored. Also contributing to the 7-hit game were Tad Mitchell and Austin Schweiss, both 1-for-2 with a walk. Schweiss also added 1 RBI with a double to right field. Dylan Heitz and J. D. Payne were 1-for-3 with 1 run and 2 RBI apiece. Heitz’s hit featured a triple to deep right center, and Payne followed with a homerun to left.
Saturday’s two victories take the Bobcats’ overall record to 27-22. They are 10-2 in A.I.I. play, and have a winning home record of 16-9. The Cats will have a break before closing out their regular season against A.I.I. opponent Ashford University (6-31) in Iowa on April 29 and 30.
Pictured: #25 Jacob Karlson; Seniors Hull, Myers, Rowold and families