College of the Ozarks won two games (7-3, 12-1) on Saturday afternoon to complete a 4-game sweep of the Central Christian Tigers and improve the Bobcats’ record to 17-15 (9-7 in conference play).
The opening game of the doubleheader featured the Bobcats scoring 6 runs in the 6th and winning by a score of 7-3. Senior shortstop Landon Teal went 2-for-3 with 1 run scored, and Cody Hull and Tyler Marion both batted .500, going 2-for-4. Hull boasted a double and a triple, scoring one run and driving in 3, while Marion scored one and collected 2 RBI. Junior Alex Stephens pitched another great game, picking up the win, giving up 2 earned runs on 7 hits and no walks, while striking out 7 in his eight innings. Jason Myers again held the opponents hitless and scoreless as he closed out the game with no walks and one strikeout. Andrew Hightower took the loss for Central Christian, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits with 6 walks and one strikeout in his 5.2 innings pitched.
Saturday was Bobcat Baseball for Heroes Day. Between games, the Bobcats, along with the PEMM and Christian Psychology Clubs, honored volunteer and career firefighters and emergency medical service members in attendance, thanking them for their service to the community.
The Bobcats were relentless in game two, scoring 12 runs on 13 hits and defeating the Tigers 12-1. Junior Cody Hull, Senior Cody Pentecost, and red-shirt freshman J. D. Payne featured heavily in the scoring. Hull was a perfect 4-for-4, including a double, scoring 4 runs and driving in two. J. D. Payne was 3-for-4, with a home run and stolen base. Payne scored two runs and drove in 5. Pentecost was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Garrett Woods started for the Bobcats, giving up 1 run on 4 hits, 1 BB and 4 strikeouts, before leaving in the fourth due to an injury. Jason Myers pitched 1.2 hitless and scoreless innings, and freshmen Lake Keller (1 hit, 0BB, 1SO) and Colton Webber (1 hit, 0BB, 2SO) each pitched one scoreless inning to close out the game. Woods picked up the win, and Alan Barker for CCC suffered the loss.
The Bobcats are scheduled to play one 9-innning game at home on Monday, April 13th, 2 PM, before heading on the road later in the week for a 4-game series against Bellevue University next weekend.
Pictured: J. D. Payne-24