The 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