It was a great day for College of the Ozarks baseball, as they picked up two wins over York College on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats won 9-3 in game one and 5-4 in the bottom of the 7th of game two—a couple of big wins against a York team who defeated them twice on Friday and were ranked #13 in the NAIA preseason coaches’ poll last fall.
Game one saw CofO tally nine runs on nine hits combined with four York errors to pick up a 9-3 win. Senior right-hander Alex Stephens (Branson, Mo.) tossed a complete game for the Cats to pick up his 3rd win on the season, as he gave up 2 earned runs on 8 hits, striking out 6 batters, and allowing no walks. The Bobcats were led at the plate by junior shortstop Jacob Karlson who went 4-for-4, scoring 2 and knocking in 4 runs, including a double and a homerun. Winston Rasmussen and Chad Reusch each went 1-for-2. Both drove in one run, and Rasmussen scored on a homer. York’s Johnny Hemenes suffered the loss for York.
Freshman left-hander Jake Baker (Galena, Mo.) started on the mound for the Bobcats in game two and pitched his first complete game at the collegiate level, giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3, and collecting the win. The Cats trailed 4-0 headed into the bottom of the fifth, where they scored two runs. Baker held York scoreless in the sixth, and the Bobcats tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning. After shutting down the Panthers in the 7th, Karlson led off with a line-drive between short and third. A sac bunt by Dylan Heitz moved Karlson to 2nd, and York intentionally walked J.D. Chadwell to set up the force. J.D. Payne then proceeded to hit a line drive up the middle to score Karlson for a Bobcat win. Jaraad Salas took the loss for the Panthers. Bobcat Tad Mitchell went 2-for-3, driving in one run, Tyler Whiteis drove in two runs with a triple, and Hunter Simmons was 1-for-2 with 1 RBI.
The two wins put the Bobcats season record at 8-3. The Cats will play another doubleheader at home on Tuesday, February 21, against Williams Baptist College, with games starting at 1 p.m.