February 26, 2016

Freshmen Come Through to Capture 3-2 Bobcat Win

baseballThe Bobcats picked up a big win on Thursday against William Woods University, coming back late in the game to capture a 3-2 victory.

Bobcat freshman right-hander Collan Thrasher opened the game by giving up a walk and a double in the first inning to give the William Woods Owls a 1-0 lead.  Thrasher settled in after the first inning, pitching 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and two earned runs with one walk, while striking out 4. Senior reliever Jason Myers took the mound in the 7th and proceeded to hold the Owls scoreless and hitless through their three remaining innings.

The Bobcats had difficulty getting on the board through the first seven innings, picking up only two hits.  In the bottom of the 8th, however, some pitching and fielding struggles by the Owls, combined with a hit by freshman Jacob Karlson, resulted in the Bobcats tying up the game at 2-2.  In the bottom of the 9th, designated hitter Dylan Heitz opened up the inning with a single, and freshman Tad Mitchell reached on a wild throw.  A wild pitch by Owls’ reliever Justin Landewee advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd, and J. D. Chadwell was intentionally walked.  The prognosis was looking good for the Cats with bases loaded and no one out, until a fielders choice forced out Heitz at the plate and a strikeout followed.  With two outs, freshman Kole Kelley saved the day, hitting a single to deep right field allowing Tad Mitchell to score the winning run.

The win takes the Bobcats’ record to 6-8 on the season as they head into a 4-game weekend series with Avila University.  The Bobcats will play a single 9-inning Friday at 3 pm, a doubleheader Saturday at noon, and a single game 9-inning game on Sunday at 2 pm