The College of the Ozarks Bobcats won 3 of 4 games this weekend on the road against Central Baptist to take their record to 21-20 overall (13-11 in MCAC play).
The Bobcats defeated CBC in Saturday's first game by a score of 8-6 in 9 innings. Cody Pentecost (2 runs scored, 1 RBI, 2 walks) and Jesse Fisher (1 run scored, 1 walk) led the Cats at the plate, each going 2-for-3. Christian Vonderheide was 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Austin Schweiss and Tyler Whiteis each contributed two hits. Senior Josh Neufeld captured another win, pitching 7.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 5, earned runs, and 5 walks while striking out 7. Jason Myers closed out the final 1.2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, and 2 walks, striking out 2.
Game 2 found the Bobcat bats to be hot, producing a 13-4 victory. Austin Schweiss was 3-for-5 at the plate, while four other Cats (Hull, Fisher, Whiteis and Marion) batted .500 and tallied a total of 7 runs scored with 10 RBI. Pitcher Garret Woods completed 4 full innings, allowing no earned runs, and just one hit, striking out 5. Christian Vonderheide posted 3 innings, permitting 2 earned runs, 5 hits, and two walks.
In Sunday's opening game, timely hitting by the Bobcats, combined with three Central Baptist errors, produced a 6-2 win for College of the Ozarks. Tyler Whiteis was 2-for-3, scoring one run; Tyler Marion went 2-for-4 with 1 RBI; and Cody Pentecost added 2 hits, scoring one run and producing one RBI. Although Bobcat pitcher Alex Stephens gave up 12 hits, he allowed only 2 earned runs and tallied six strikeouts to capture a 9-inning complete game win.
The final game of the series headed into extra innings, knotted at 1 apiece after 7. The Bobcats were unable to score in the eighth, but CBC produced a run in the bottom of the inning on a one-out double by J. Buczek, a ground out that moved Buczek to third, and a 2-out single to shallow center by S. Richardson to score Buczek. The 2-1 loss for the Cats included 3.2 innings on the mound by Wyatt Saltarelli and 4.0 by Jason Myers.
The Bobcats return home to play their final home game of the season on Monday, April 27, at 2 PM. Retiring Athletic Director Al Waller will be on hand to throw out the honorary first pitch. Come out and catch the Bobcats in action on Monday afternoon at Bob Smith Field on the campus of College of the Ozarks.
Pictured: Josh Neufeld