The Bobcats faced some tough competition on Tuesday afternoon in Olathe, Kansas, as they fell to #16 ranked MidAmerica Nazarene University.
In game one, the Bobcats got off to a slow start, not scoring until the 5th inning, when Austin Schweiss hit his first homerun of the season over the left field fence. The Bobcats made some noise in the 7th inning--trailing 5-1, Tyler Whiteis singled to right and advanced on a wild throw. With 2 outs, Winston Rasmussen doubled to deep right center to score Whiteis and pull the Cats within 3, but that was all they could muster, losing 5-2..
The Cats tallied 2 runs on 6 hits, stranding 5 runners, while MNU collected 5 runs on 8 hits, connecting with one homerun and 3 doubles. Rasmussen led the Cats at the plate, going 2-for-3, including a double and one RBI, while Schweiss went 1-for-2. Collan Thrasher suffered the loss for the Cats.
Game two saw the bats come to life, as Jacob Karlson and J.D. Payne singled, Karlson scored on an MNU error, and Tad Mitchell doubled to deep left to score Payne. MNU came back with 2 runs in the bottom of the first and 2 in the 2nd to take a 4-2 lead into the 3rd. Singles by Dylan Heitz and Tyler Whites, combined with a triple by J.D. Chadwell and an MNU error, provided the Bobcats with 3 runs on 3 hits. Unfortunately, MNU was not to be bested, tallying 5 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 3rd to once again take the lead at 9-5. Landon Teal held MNU scoreless in the 4th, and reliever Jason Myers did the same in the 5th and 6th innings. Meanwhile, the Bobcats picked up 2 runs on 2 hits and one error in the 5th and 2 additional runs to tie the game at 9 with 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 errors in the top of the 6th. A scoreless 7th by both teams took the game to extra innings. The Bobcats scored one run in the 8th on two walks and a wild pitch to take the lead, but it wasn’t quite enough, as MNU’s Brandon Marrero homered to open the bottom of the 8th. A single, sacrifice bunt, and intentional walk followed. Logan Tills hit a single to right, and MNU was able to capture the win, 11-10.
Bobcat stat leaders in game two featured: Tyler Whiteis, who went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored, and J. D. Payne, who was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored. Cody Hull, Tad Mitchell and Tyler Whites tagged doubles and J.D. Chadwell added a triple. Jason Myers, although collecting the loss, struck out 4 while giving up 2 runs on 3 hits during his 3.1 innings.
The Cats, now 21-18 overall, will hope to return to their winning-Texarkana for two games and LSU-Shreveport for two games. They will return home on Tuesday, April 12th, to face #9 ranked Missouri Baptist in a doubleheader.
Pictured: Winston Rasmussen #16