After winning a nine-inning game on Friday in dramatic fashion, the College of the Ozarks baseball team split a pair of home games on Saturday against Ecclesia College (Ark.). The Bobcat bats started the day cold, dropping the first game, 4-1. Then, C of O trounced the Royals, 11-3.
For game one on Saturday, Sean Neal would get the start. Neal looked sharp in the first inning, getting the Royals to go three up and three down. Max Pulley wasted no time putting the Bobcats on top, hitting a lead-off solo shot to left field. It would be the fourth inning before the Royals could answer back against Neal by knotting the score at 1-1.
Unfortunately, the C of O bats went cold for the remainder of the game. The Bobcats managed just four hits. In the top of the seventh, the Royals used four hits to score three runs. Bobcat Brent Shinkle led-off the bottom of the frame with a triple. However, the C of O offense stalled, and the game ended 4-1.
Sean Neal pitched a complete game for the loss. Ecclesia’s Jacob Martinez would get the win.
College of the Ozarks offensive leaders included Max Pulley (2-3, HR, BB, R, RBI), Westin Gann (1-3), and Brent Shinkle (1-2, 3B, BB).
For more complete game one stats, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/ryfe7bj
Saturday’s second game would feature a much more powerful Bobcat offense. C of O applied pressure throughout the game on the Royals pitching staff, accumulating 12 hits and six walks.
Max Pulley (1-2, R, BB, HBP, RBI), who was hot all weekend, immediately singled in the bottom of the first. Two quick outs made a scoring opportunity look grim; however, Kyle Giefer (2-3, HR, 2R, 2RBI) would hit a shot to left field for a two-run homer.
Each team would tack on a run in the third. Ecclesia scored a pair of runs to tie the game in the top of the fourth, 3-3. However, Zach Ford (1-2, 2R, 2BB, 2RBI) would draw a lead-off walk, which turned into a run to give the lead right back to the Bobcats.
C of O starting pitcher freshman Michael White finished the fifth inning strong, getting the quality start and win. On the day, White pitched five innings, giving up five hits, three earned runs, and tallying five strikeouts.
The next two innings the Bobcats would really do some damage. In the fifth, Kyle Giefer would get things going with a single. Westin Gann (3-3, 2B, 2R, BB) followed suit with an opposite field bloop. Dawson Nimmo (2-4, 2B, R, 2RBI) struck gold with what amounted to be a swinging bunt to load the bases. The Bobcats used the rally to pick up three runs, including a pair of RBIs by Cade Little (1-1, 2RBI) on a single to deep right-field. The Bobcats continued to pour it on in the sixth, scoring four runs on a pair of hits and four walks. Kyle Abrahamson (1-5, R) led the inning off with a double to right field. Brent Shinkle (1-3, R, RBI) picked up the first RBI with a single through the hole at second. The Royals would end up walking in a run.
Spencer Greene pitched a pair of scoreless innings to finish the game for the Bobcats. Ecclesia Royal Elijah Saldana would take the loss. The 11-3 win would improve the Bobcats to 8-13 on the season.
For more complete game two stats, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/sy6tvbk
The Bobcats return to action March 13 and 14 at Freed Hardeman (Tenn.).