The Bobcats split a 4-game series with Doane College this past weekend, where the Cats’ bats came alive and provided an average of 9 hits and 8 runs per game.
Game one saw the Bobcats give up four runs in the bottom of the 2nd but return to pick up 5 runs in the top of the 3rd. The Cats added a run in the 5th for a 6-4 lead; however, Doane tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. The top of the 7th found the Cats posting 3 runs, and reliever Jason Myers held Doane scoreless for a 9-6 Bobcat victory. Leading the Bobcats at the plate were Kole Kelley and J.D. Chadwell (both 2-for-3 with 1 RBI), Tad Mitchell (2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and 3 RBI), and Tyler Whiteis (2-for-4).
Game 2, scheduled for 9 innings, was a bit of a different story, as the Cats were held scoreless until the seventh inning. Trailing 6-0, the Bobcats scored 2 in the 7th and gave them back again in the bottom of the inning. In the 9th, the Bobcats scores six runs to tie up the game, but they were unable to hold Doane scoreless in the bottom of the 9th, and fell 9-8. Bobcat hitters featured Austin Schweiss and Tyler Whiteis, both of whom went 2-for-4 at the plate. Whiteis collected 2 RBI, scored 2 runs, and hit a double in the game. Schweiss scored one run and drove in one run. Vonderheide started the game on the mound, but Jacob Karlson picked up the unfortunate loss.
Game 3, played on Sunday, found the Bobcat bats to be a bit sluggish, as the Cats fell 9-4, picking up only 4 runs on 4 hits against a 9-run, 11-hit game for Doane. Garrett Woods pitched 4 innings, and Alex Stephens closed out the remaining two. Austin Schweiss was 2-for-3, and Cody Hull went 1-for-3 with 1 RBI.
Game 4, another 9-inning event, provided an exciting close to the series. The Bobcats trailed 6-2 after 7 innings of play. The Bobcats picked up 3 runs in the 8th, and Doane responded with 2 runs to take an 8-5 lead. However, the Cats scored 3 in the 9th to tie up the game, held Doane scoreless, and posted another 3 runs in the top of the 11th to take an 11-8 win despite 6 errors. The Bobcats’ 14-hit game featured Jesse Fisher (2-for-3 with 1 run and 1 RBI), Tad Mitchell (2-for-4 with 2 runs scored), Dylan Heitz (2-for-5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored), Kole Kelley (1-for-1 with 2 RBI), and Jacob Karlson (3-for-7 with 2 RBI). Logan Teal started the game for the Cats, pitching 5 innings, followed by 2 inning each of relief by Jason Myers, Collan Thrasher, and Colton Webber. Webber picked up the win for the Bobcats.
The series split sends the Bobcats into Tuesday’s doubleheader against Lindenwood University-Belleville with a 14-15 record.
Pictured: Jason Myers pitching, Tad Mitchell hitting