March 07, 2015

Bobcats Take Two from Avila

The College of the Ozarks Bobcat baseball team took the field at Avila University in Kansas City on Saturday afternoon and picked up two wins.

The Bobcats played at Avila on Tuesday, splitting the double header, and Avila was scheduled to play in Pt. Lookout this weekend.  However, due to weather and field conditions, the Bobcats returned to Kansas City for a three-game series.

Game one highlighted Bobcats’ first baseman Kevin Martin picking up 3 hits in 4 at bats, scoring one run and driving in two.  Also adding to the offense were center fielder Cody Pentecost (3-5 at the plate, 2 runs scored), and JD Payne (1-3, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI).  The winning pitcher for the ‘Cats was Josh Neufeld, who pitched five innings, giving up 3 earned runs, 6 hits, no walks, and striking out 7 batters.  Wyatt Saltarelli closed out the game, pitching 2 innings and allowing no hits and no runs while posting 2 strikeouts.

Game two was tied up at 7 after seven innings, and the Bobcats put up 3 big runs in the top of the eighth versus only one run by Avila, to take the 10-8 win.  Bobcats’ left fielder Cody Hull went 3-for-4 in the game, scoring 2 runs and driving in 2, including a double, home run and stolen base.  Catcher Tyler Marion was also 3-4, scoring 2 runs, and third baseman Scott Stephens contributed 2 hits in 4 at bats with 1 run and 3 RBI, including a home run.  Garrett Woods started the game for the Bobcats, giving up 6 runs (4 earned) in four innings.  Jason Myers closed out the game pitching three innings, allowing two runs on 5 hits.

Saturday’s wins brings the Bobcats’ record for the weather-shortened season to 3-3.  The Bobcats will take the field once more against Avila on Sunday afternoon.