College of the Ozarks Bobcat bats were smoking hot Tuesday afternoon, as the Cats defeated Central Baptist College by a score of 15-4.
The Bobcats opened the game in a big way with a leadoff homerun over the left field fence by sophomore right fielder Max Pulley—his second of the early season—to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Bobcat pitcher Bryce Burtless started out a bit shaky, giving up a single, walk, and hit by pitch to load up the bases. The Cats were able to turn a double play, with only one run scoring. However, a single and double followed to score two more and give CBC a 3-1 advantage.
The Bobcats came back in the second to score a run on another long-ball, as freshman Ryan Daggs homered over the center field fence for his second homerun of the season, drawing the Bobcats to within one run. Burtless settled into position in the bottom of the second, as delivered a pop out and two ground outs to close the inning.
College of the Ozarks proceeded to put up two runs in the third and seven runs in the fourth, including another homerun by Daggs and a long ball by Westin Gann, to take an 11-3 lead into the bottom of the fourth. CBC scored on in the bottom of the fourth, but that was all the scoring they could muster. Meanwhile, the Bobcats added four more runs in the top of the 6th to capture the win, 15-4.
Leading the Bobcats at the plate was Ryan Daggs, who went 3-4 at the plate including two homeruns, 5 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Close behind were Max Pulley (2-3, 2RBI, 2runs, 1HR), Jay Kaufman (2-4 3 RBI, 1 run, 1 double), and Kyle Giefer (2-4, 1 RBI, 2runs, double). Bryce Burtless picked up the win, throwing 7 innings with 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts., holding his opponents to a .269 batting average. The Bobcats went 14-34 at the plate, hitting .412. Defensively, the Bobcats turned three double plays and committed two errors.
College of the Ozarks will return home to play a four-game series against Doane University this weekend. Friday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 PM, and Saturday’s will begin at noon. Tuesday’s win brings the Bobcats’ record to 3-1.