A blustery, frigid day in Belleville (Ill.) was made much brighter Tuesday as the College of the Ozarks baseball team took a pair of road victories over Lindenwood-Belleville University.
The Bobcats captured the first game 10-9 and won the second game 5-3 over the Lynx at GCS Ballpark.
With gusting winds wreaking havoc in game one, the Bobcats kept pace in a game highlighted by offense.
After the Lynx jumped out to a 4-2 lead off C of O starting pitcher Collan Thrasher, the Bobcats exploded for four runs in the top of third inning. A two-run single by J.D. Chadwell and a two-run double by Kole Kelley highlighted the inning.
Caleb Rowold (1-0) entered in relief of Thrasher and pitched 2 and 1/3 scoreless innings as the Bobcats forced an 8-8 in the sixth inning.
The big blow for C of O came in the top of the seventh. Winston Rasmussen hit a two-out homer to give the Bobcats the lead and a single by Cody Hull plated Jacob Karlson with an insurance two batters later.
Lindenwood-Belleville's Ryan Gvillo homered in the bottom of the night to cut the lead to 10-9, but C of O's Garrett Woods closed out the inning to earn his first save.
Karlson, Kelley and Rasmussen were all 2-for-4 and Rasmussen drove in a pair with a double in the second inning.
In the nightcap, it was sterling pitching performance from freshman Logan Teal that set the tone for the Bobcats. Teal pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed just one earned run and striking out six batters to earn his first college victory.
C of O scored two in the first inning -- the big blow coming on Dylan Heitz's run-scoring double -- and added three in the third inning. Rasmussen lined a one-out single up the middle over a drawn-in infield to plate two.
Karlson, Hull and Austin Schweiss all had a pair of hits for the Bobcats. Jason Myers worked out of a jam in the sixth with the tying run at second based and pitched a clean seventh to earn his second save.
The Bobcats, winners of six of their last seven, improved to 11-9 and will travel to NCAA Division II Rogers State for a weekend series in Claremore (Okla.) starting Friday.