March 18, 2017

Bobcats Complete Sweep of SAGU Lions

BaseballCollege of the Ozarks Bobcats baseball picked up two more wins (7-2, 9-2) on Saturday afternoon in Point Lookout to complete a four-game sweep of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas). 

The Bobcats took the lead in Saturday afternoon’s first game in the bottom of the second when Dylan Heitz singled to right, J.D. Chadwell singled to center to move Heitz to third, and Jesse Fisher hit a ground ball to third allowing Heitz to score.  SAGU came back with one run in each of the following two innings, but the Cats responded posting two runs in the bottom of the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings, while holding the Lions scoreless.

Dylan Heitz was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring 2 runs, driving in 2 RBI, and stealing two bases.  J.D. Chadwell and Tad Mitchell each went 2-for-3, and Tyler Whiteis was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI.  The Bobcats tallied 11 hits to support their starting pitcher Wyatt Saltarelli, who garnered a complete game, giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

Game two saw the Bobcats take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as the Lions gave up 4 hits alongside two errors. SAGU replied with a run of their own in the top of the second, but the Bobcats came back with 3 of their own in the second and again in the fourth to claim a 9-2 advantage.  Both teams were scoreless the remaining three innings.

C of O’s Austin Schweiss, Dylan Heitz, and Jesse Fisher each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Heitz hit a double and home run, while driving in 3 runs. Schweiss and Fisher both collected 2RBI. Jacob Karlson also got in on the action, as he went 2-for-4, including a double, scoring 2 runs, and driving in 2. All in all, the Bobcats posted 9 runs on 9 hits and 3 SAGU errors.  Bobcat freshman pitcher Jansen McQuerter (Republic, Mo.) reaped the win, giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits, striking out 3, and walking 1 in his six innings pitched.  Isaac Norsic closed out the final inning of the game.

Four wins on the weekend places the Bobcats’ season record at 15-10.  The Cats will head to Tennessee for Spring Break to play two games against Freed-Hardeman University on Tuesday and two games versus Martin Methodist College on Wednesday.