March 16, 2016

Bobcats Drop Two in Doubleheader

TTad Mitchell at the platehe College of the Ozarks Bobcats baseball team lost both games of their doubleheader yesterday to Southwestern Christian University(Okla.).

In Game 1, Bobcats' starting pitcher Garrett Woods had a solid outing, throwing a complete game while only allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking one batter and striking out five. The Cats held a 3-2 lead going into the top of the seventh inning, when Eagles catcher Drew Umbro hit a 2-run home run to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish. Bobcats’ outfielder Cody Hull was 2 for 4 on the day, and second baseman Tyler Whiteis was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI. Despite his quality start, Bobcats’ pitcher Garrett Woods took the loss.

Game 2 was a rough one from the start, as the Eagles blasted three home runs in the first inning off of Bobcats starting pitcher Alex Stephens. Down 8-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Cats started chipping away, with hits by third baseman Tad Mitchell and second baseman Kole Kelley. Despite a promising two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, the Cats fell short, losing the game 9-6. Tad Mitchell finished the game 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, Kole Kelley went 2-for-3, and the Cats also got RBIs from center fielder Hunter Simmons and designated hitter J.D. Payne.

The Bobcats will travel to Crete, Nebraska on March 19 and 20 for a four-game series against the Doane Tigers before returning home on March 22nd for a double-header against Lindenwood-Belleville (IL). The Cats are now 12-13 on the season.

Pictured:  #17 Tad Mitchell at the plate