February 16, 2016

Bobcats and Evangel Go 1-1 On the Day

BaseballThe College of the Ozarks Bobcats split their twin bill with Evangel University today, taking the first game 5-4 and falling in game 2, 13-8.
In game one, the Cats picked up 2 runs in each of the first two innings, and Evangel scored 2 in the top of the third.  The game remained at 4-2 until the top of the 7th, when Evangel’s Kyle Thurman hit a ground rule double that jumped the fence in left field, followed by a Tanner Smith single moving Thurman to third.  Following a sac bunt, Jordan Kirkpatrick singled to score two.   But the Bobcats came back in the bottom of the 7th thanks to an error, a couple intentional walks, and finally, a Tad Mitchell single to left that scored the winning run to give the Bobcats a 5-4 win.
Bobcat J. D. Chadwell led the Cats at the plate, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run, while Jacob Karlson scored 3 and drove in 1.  The Crusaders were led by Jordan Kirkpatrick, who went 2-for-2, scoring 1 and driving in 2.   Jason Myers captured the win for the Bobcats, and Justin Stockam took the loss for Evangel.
Game two found the Evangel bats heating up and the Cats defense failing, as Evangel put 13 runs on the board in the first three innings on 8 hits and 5 CofO errors.  After trailing 13-2, the Bobcats scored 4 in the bottom of the 3rd and one in both the 4th and 6th, but they were unable to make up the deficit.  
Leading Evangel at the plate were center fielder Ryan Frye, who drove in 4 runs, scored 1, and went 2-for-3 at the plate, alongside first baseman Kyle Thurman (1-for-2, 3 RBI).  The Cats’ offense featured right fielder J. D. Chadwell (2-for-3, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI) and third baseman Tad Mitchell (2-for-4, 1 run scored, 2 RBI).  Justice Boldin picked up the win for Evangel, while the Cats’ Logan Teal suffered the loss.
The Bobcats (3-6) will continue their homestand with four games this coming weekend against Northwestern (Iowa), with doubleheaders being played at noon on Friday and Saturday.