April 09, 2016

Cats Struggle at the Plate in Texarkana

The Bobcats had a rough day at the plate on Friday, as they dropped a pair of games in Texarkana,  Texas.
In the opener,  C of O squandered a great pitching performance from Alex Stephens and fell 4-0 to LSU-Shreveport.  The junior right-hander pitched eight innings,  allowing just one earned run on 5 hits.  Stephens struck out five and walked none in the loss.  The Bobcats struggled offensively,  getting only a pair of singles from Dylan Heitz and a single from Austin Schweiss. 
In its second game Friday,  College of the Ozarks was bombarded early by the Texas A&M-Texarkana Eagles and never recovered.  The Bobcats fell 10-2 after giving up eight runs in the first two innings.   A quick C of O error opened the floodgates in the first inning, as the Eagles followed the error with 7 straight hits off  C of O ace Garrett Woods for a quick 5-0 lead. Texarkana added three more in the second before Bobcat reliever Ethan Whiteis stymied the Eagles over the next five innings. The Cats scored a pair of runs on sacrifice flies in the seventh,  but it was too little,  too late. 
The Bobcats (21-20)  continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m.,  once again battling LSU-Shreveport (25-13).