College of the Ozarks Bobcats split a doubleheader on Sunday with Lindenwood University-Belleville. The Bobcats won the first game by a score of 9-6, but fell in game two, 6-2.
Game one saw sophomore right-hander Bryce Burtless take the mound for the Bobcats. Neither team scored in the first inning, but the Lynx put up two runs in the second inning thanks to a triple by Matt Janocik, a hit by pitch, and a single by Adam Miner. The Bobcats responded with 2 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a Kole Kelley single, followed by a 2-run homer by catcher Westin Gann.
In the top of the third, Lindenwood tallied three runs with a walk, a single, and a Cullen Stockley triple. Janocik added a sacrifice fly to put LUB up, 5-2. In the bottom of the inning, Jay Kaufman singled and Gann followed with his second home run of the game to bring the Cats within one.
The fourth inning saw the Lynx go scoreless, leaving the bases loaded. The Bobcats took the opportunity to take a lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame on a walk, stolen base, and single, followed by a Kolton Giefer triple.
With the Bobcats leading 6-5, both teams went scoreless in the fifth. In the top of the sixth, a throwing error put the lead off hitter on base for the Lynx. The Cats proceeded to obtain two outs and looked as if they would escape with another scoreless inning; however, a single put runners on the corners. Ryan Daggs came in to pitch for the Bobcats, giving up a single and run before securing the last out of the inning. Coming up in the bottom of the sixth, two quick ground outs by the Bobcats put the Cats in a tough spot, but pinch hitter Joel Ogletree doubled. Following a hit by pitch and a walk, Jay Kaufman singled to drive in two runs, and Kole Kelley drove in another to put the Cats up 9-6. The Lynx were unable to push any runners across the plate in the seventh, and the Bobcats secured the win.
Gann went 2-4 for the Cats with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Jay Kaufman also went 2-4 at the plate with 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Burtless pitched 5.2 innings, giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits, with 7 strikeouts and five walks. Daggs threw 1.1 innings, allowing one hit, with one walk and two strikeouts, as he picked up the win for the Bobcats.
Game two saw the Lynx put up two runs in the second, while the Bobcats responded with one, followed by another solo run in the third to tie the game at two. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth, but the Lynx tallied two additional runs in both the fifth and seventh innings, while holding the Bobcats scoreless.
Senior Jay Kaufman pitched a complete game but suffered the loss for the Bobcats, giving up six runs on 11 hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. The Lynx pitched by committee, with seven pitchers each throwing an inning. In total, they gave up 2 runs on five hits, with six walks and one strikeout. Rob Parks collected the win.
Leading the Bobcats in game two were Ryan Daggs (2-3 with one run scored, double), Kole Kelley (1-2 with one run scored, triple), and Brent Shinkle (1-2). The top of Lindenwood’s lineup went an impressive 10-17 at the plate.
Sunday’s split placed College of the Ozarks’ record at 4-7 on the season. The Bobcats are scheduled to host Evangel University at noon and 2pm on Tuesday, weather permitting.