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Quiet Bats Lead to Bobcats Loss

Feb 27, 2021

Lopez Pitching
#18 Neco Lopez

Buchanan Pitching
#22 Tyler Buchanan

The College of the Ozarks Bobcats returned to the diamond Saturday after splitting the twin-bill with the Concordia Bulldogs on Friday.  

After a combined no-hitter in game two the day before, the Bobcats sent Neco Lopez to the mound to try and continue the winning ways.  It appeared Lopez might be in for a rough day as the two spot hitter drilled a home run over the left field fence to put the Bulldogs on the board.  Lopez didn't allow the home run to shake him and he promptly disposed of the next two hitters to retire Concordia. Lopez got into a groove and retired 12 of the next 13 hitters he faced.  The Bobcats could not get things going against the Bulldog pitcher, Jake Fosgett, and they were held hitless through the first four innings.  The Bulldogs broke through in the fifth with a one out walk followed by an RBI double by Teyt Johnson.  The flood gates opened after a line drive to second base. Back to back to back singles gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead heading to the sixth.  The Bobcats would go down in order in their half of the fifth and the Bulldogs would add another run in the top of the sixth to make it 5-0.  The Bobcats would get their first hit of the game with two outs in the sixth inning on a Ryan Daggs double into the left field corner. The next batter was retired, and the Bobcat threat was short-lived. Lincoln Rasmussen would add a double of his own in the bottom of the seventh, but that's all the offense the Bobcats would get and the final score was 5-0, Concordia.

Neco Lopez pitched a solid four innings for the Bobcats and the doubles off the bats of Ryan Daggs and Lincoln Rassmussen was the extent of the offense in game one.

Game two of the day was all Concordia in the early going.  Ryan Daggs pitched around a couple of early walks to get out of the first inning unharmed, but the Bulldog bats came alive in the second inning. A leadoff home run by Keaton Candor put the Bulldogs on the board. The long ball was followed with a single and an error and Concordia was quickly up-2-0.  The Bulldog bats continued their assault in the third with a leadoff home run, a single, an error, and another single and the lead grew to 5-0.  The Bobcats would get an infield single in the bottom of the third but no more. Tyler Buchanan came on in relief for the Bobcats in the fourth and would hold the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way, giving up three hits along the way.

Max pulley would draw a one out walk in the Bobcat sixth.  Ryan Daggs smacked a single down the right field line and Pulley advanced to third.  Daggs was forced out on a fielder's choice off the bat of Chandler Tidwell but Pulley scored making it 5-1 after six. The Bobcats and Tyler Buchanan held the Bulldogs in check in the seventh. The Bobcats went three up, three down in their half of the seventh and the Bulldogs would take game two, 5-1.