The Bobcats played a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon against Williams Baptist University, taking the first game 1-0 and falling in the second by a score of 9-12.
Game One featured 5'9 sophomore Ethan Whiteis with his season debut start on the mound, pitching 5 2/3 innings, scattering 5 hits, walking one, and striking out 4, while allowing no runs. Partnering with Whiteis on the mound was Collan Thrasher, who closed the last 4 outs of the game. As Ethan did his work on the mound, junior second baseman Tyler Whiteis went 2-for-2 at the plate and drove in the winning RBI. The Bobcats posted nine hits in the game and handed WBU's Ryan Andrews a tough loss.
While the first game was more of a pitchers' duel, the second saw the bats come alive for both teams, as Williams Baptist scored 12 runs on 12 hits, and the Bobcats tallied 9 runs on 14 hits. The Eagles took an early 3-1 lead, but the Bobcats put up 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to gain a 5-3 advantage. Just as C of O thought the tide had turned, Williams Baptist scored 8 in the 4th and 1 in the 5th. Meanwhile, the Cats added only 4 over the next four innings to take the 9-12 loss. Jacob Karlson went 4-for-5 with 3 runs and 1 RBI, Dylan Heitz was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, J.D. Payne and Tyler Whiteis went 2-for-4, and Zac Bolstad was 1-for-2. Both teams pitched "by committee," as Williams Baptist utilized 5 pitchers and C of O threw 4 (Karlson, McQuerter, Schuh, & Norsic).
The Cats will continue their homestand this weekend with four games against Ottawa University. They will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 on Friday and host another DH on Saturday at noon.