College of the Ozarks baseball traveled to St. Louis to play a hot Missouri Baptist University ballclub that had won six of their last eight games. The game was played Friday evening at Maryville University due to rain that left the Spartan field unplayable. C of O fell to the MBU Spartans, 10-5.
The Bobcats put the first three runs of the game on the scoreboard in the top of the third, as Bryce Burtless (1-3, 1R) opened with a leadoff single. Brent Shinkle (1-3, 1R) bunted for a hit, and Max Pulley (0-2) walked to load the bases. Burtless proceeded to score on a fielder’s choice, Shinkle scored on a wild pitch, and Kyle Abrahamson (0-4, 1R) scored on a fielder’s choice, giving the Cats a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Spartans sandwiched two singles between two strike outs to open the frame. Just when it looked as if Bobcat starter Collan Thrasher would get out of the inning, MBU rallied with a two-run double, a run-scoring single, and a two-run homer by Michael McGhee, to grab a 5-3 lead.
Both teams were scoreless in the fourth and fifth. The Bobcats picked up one run in the top of the sixth with a two-out single by Ryan Daggs (1-4, 1R), a wild pitch advancing him to second, and a Westin Gann (1-2, 1 RBI) single to score Daggs. However, the Spartans again responded with a run of their own to take a 6-4 lead.
While the Bobcats went scoreless in the top of the seventh, the Spartans did not. MBU opened the seventh with two singles and loaded the bases on a throwing error. They proceeded to score two runs on a fielding error and a walk before Sean Neal came in to relieve Thrasher. A sac fly drove in the third run before the Bobcats turned a double play to end the inning. MBU added one more run in the bottom of the eighth to take a 10-4 advantage.
The Cats responded by scoring one run in the top of the ninth, thanks to a walk, hit by pitch, double steal, and wild pitch, but they were unable to manufacture any additional runs, closing out the game at a 100-5 disadvantage..
The Bobcats’ five runs came on four hits and one error, while the Spartans scored 10 runs on 12 hits and 4 CofO errors. Thrasher (4-6) suffered the loss for the Bobcats, and Masen Palmier (2-0) picked up the win for MBU. Both Thrasher and Palmier tallied 11 strikeouts apiece in the game.
College of the Ozarks (16-19) will strive to move into the win column on Saturday, as they again take on Missouri Baptist (22-11). The two teams will return to Missouri Baptist's home field to play a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. .