The College of the Ozarks Bobcats (23-22) split their doubleheader with #10 Missouri Baptist (32-9) on Tuesday, winning game one 7-5 before dropping game two 10-6.
Game one was highlighted with a solid outing by starting pitcher Wyatt Saltarelli and timely hitting throughout the Cats lineup. Saltarelli (3-1) pitched 5.0 innings while only allowing one earned run on one hit, with three walks and four strikeouts. First baseman J.D. Payne kick-started the offense, going 2-for-3 on the day with a home run and four runs batted in. Shortstop Jacob Karlson was also 2-for-3 with one RBI, while catcher Dylan Heitz and second baseman Kole Kelley drove in one run apiece.
The Bobcat’s bullpen and defense held off two late rallies by the Spartans in the 6th and 7th innings, as Collin Thrasher closed the door for the save -- his first of the season.
In game two, a five-run 4th inning for Missouri Baptist proved too large a deficit for the Bobcats to overcome. The Cats made things interesting, however, scoring four runs in the 5th inning and two runs in the 7th inning. Left fielder Cody Hull and first baseman Dylan Heitz both drove in two runs apiece, with Jacob Karlson and J.D. Chadwell each driving in a run.
The Bobcats will host a four-game series against Central Christian (KS) this weekend, with Friday’s doubleheader beginning at 2:00pm and Saturday’s first pitch at noon.
Pictured: J.D. Payne at the plate and Wyatt Saltarelli on the mound