February 24, 2017

Braves Down Bobcats in Doubleheader

It was a rough day for College of the Ozarks, as the men’s baseball team dropped two games to Ottawa University, 14-0 and 11-5. 

In game one of the doubleheader, College of the Ozarks trailed only 4-0 headed into the top of the sixth, but a 6-run inning by Ottawa in the sixth, with another 4 in the seventh, gave Ottawa the 14-0 victory.  The Cats managed only two hits off Spencer Redmond, who pitched a complete game for the Braves.   Collan Thrasher, who gave up 5 earned runs on 7 hits, took the loss for the Cats. 


In game two the Cats fell behind early, trailing 6-0 headed into the bottom of the sixth.  The Cats put up a run in the bottom of the inning, but turned around and gave up 5 in the top of the 7th and could only score 4 in their last half of the inning.  The Bobcats tallied 8 hits, with Jesse Fisher going 2-for-3, while Dylan Heitz and J. D. Payne each were 2-for-4.  Wyatt Saltarelli suffered the loss, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits. 


Ottawa has outscored their opponents 183-76 thus far in the season, so the Bobcats do not appear to be alone in struggling against the 12-4 Braves. 


The Bobcats are now 9-6 on the season and will look to even up the series on Saturday as they face the Braves in another doubleheader beginning at Noon.