College of the Ozarks Bobcat baseball splits Day Two with Waldorf University, winning game one, 4-1, and falling in game two, 11-5.
Game one saw Sean Neal take the mound for the Bobcats. Waldorf jumped out to an early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first. While both teams garnered some hits over the next couple of innings, neither was able to push a runner across the plate until the bottom of the fourth. Dawson Nimmo and Kyle Giefer led off the bottom half of the inning with singles, and Giefer eventually scored on a sac bunt to tie the game. Meanwhile, Neal continued to hold Waldorf scoreless from the second through the sixth innings. In the bottom of the sixth, the Bobcat bats came to life. Kyle Abrahamson led off with a single and Nimmo sacrificed him to second. Giefer followed with a single to right, scoring Abrahamson, and Lincoln Rasmussen reached base on a walk. A Kolton Giefer single scored Kyle Giefer and Zach Ford (running for Rasmussen), giving the Bobcats a 4-1 lead. Spencer Greene came in to pitch in the seventh, closing out the game and collecting the save, with Neal earning the win.
Leading the Bobcats at the plate were: Kyle Giefer (2-3, 2R, 1RBI), Kyle Abrahamson (1-2, 1R), Dawson Nimmo (1-2, 1R), Kolton Giefer (1-3, 2RBI).
In game two, the Bobcats were first to put some runs on the scoreboard. The Bobcats tallied three in the bottom of the first, as Max Pulley singled to center, Abrahamson put down a sac bunt, and Nimmo singled to drive in a run. Kyle Giefer followed with a walk and Nimmo scored on a Rasmussen single. The top of the fourth saw Waldorf open up with two singles and a run scored on a ground out. With two runners on, Greene came in to relieve starter Riley Loyd. The Warriors proceeded to tack on four more runs to take 6-3 lead. The Bobcats rallied in the bottom of the fifth to score two runs and pull within one run of the Warriors, 6-5. However, a four-run sixth that included a grand slam and a one-run seventh for Waldorf put the game away, 11-5. Greene suffered the loss and the Warrior’s Nik Dodson collected the win.
Rasmussen went 2-3 with one RBI, Nimmo was 1-2 with one run scored and one RBI, and Max Pulley was 1-2 with a run scored.
The Bobcats, now 6-8 on the season, will head north to play Evangel University this coming Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at noon.