College of the Ozarks took the field in Marshall, Missouri on Tuesday to face the Missouri Valley College Vikings. The Bobcats split the doubleheader, falling 4-5 in Game 1 and coming alive at the plate in Game 2 with a 12-2 win.
Game 1 featured Missouri Valley's Joey Longstreet, who went 6.2 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on four hits to capture the win. The Bobcats scored all 4 of their runs in the second inning, thanks to a two-out hit by Christian Vonderheide, followed by two Bobcat doubles (Austin Schweiss & Winston Rasmussen) and two fielding errors by Missouri Valley. Other than a lead-off double by Pentecost in the top of the 6th, Longstreet was able hold the ‘Cats scoreless in his remaining 4.2 innings. Garrett Woods took the loss, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts over his 4.2 innings.
In game two, however, the Bobcat bats came alive, as they knocked out 11 hits and scored 12 runs against the Vikings for a 12-2 victory. Leaders at the plate featured: center fielder Cody Pentecost (3-for-4, including a double, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored); right fielder Jesse Fisher (3-for-5, 3 runs scored); first-baseman J. D. Payne, who belted a home run and drew a walk to score 2 runs and drive in 3 runs; and left fielder Cody Hull, who also hit a home run to score 3. In addition, the Bobcats capitalized on seven walks and 5 stolen bases. Christian Vonderheide captured the win, giving up two runs in 5 hits in his 4 innings pitched. Wyatt Saltarelli, Alex Stephens, and Josh Neufeld each pitched one inning, giving up one hit apiece, to close out the win.
The Bobcats’ record now stands at 13-15 (5-7 in conference play). Quick leaders for the ‘Cats are as follows:
Batting Average: Cody Pentecost at .371
RBI: J.D. Payne at 21 (.84 per game)
Stolen Bases: Cody Pentecost with 8 (.30 per game)
ERA: Alex Stephens at 3.40
Strikeouts: Josh Neufeld with 42
The Bobcats have 4 players with perfect fielding percentage: Cody Pentecost, Cody Hull, Tyler Marion & Jesse Fisher.
Josh Neufeld ranks #29 in NAIA Division I in batters struck out per 9 innings (10.5) and Neufeld and Christian Vonderheide are both at #35 in total hits allowed (27).
The Bobcats are scheduled to play at home this weekend if the rain holds off. A double header on Friday is scheduled for Friday beginning at 3 PM (Senior Day & Parents' Day) and on Saturday beginning at Noon (Bobcat Baseball for Heroes Day). Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the website under the TWITTER feed.
The Bobcats only other home game is scheduled for Monday, April 13th, at 2 PM, which will be a 9-inning game against Rogers State.
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