After a rainy Friday afternoon filled with rallies and come from behind baseball, the Bobcats stepped on the diamond Saturday with ideal temperatures, lots of sunshine, and offense on their mind. Less than 24 hours earlier, the Bobcats had fought back from a seventh inning, 15-2 deficit, to give the Eagles of Southwestern Christian University a scare. An 11-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh made things very interesting the day before and the Bobcats were ready to pick up where they had left off. Even though the Bobcats could not complete the come back, and fell 15-13 on Friday, there was a sense of momentum that carried over to day two of the series.
The Bobcats sent Ryan Daggs to the mound for the game one start. Daggs shut down the Eagles in the first, retiring three of the four hitters he faced. The Bobcats jumped on the scoreboard early with Neco Lopez reaching on a walk and moving to third on a single by Ryan Daggs. Spencer Greene then singled to left to drive in Lopez for the first run of the game. The bats for both teams would stay quiet until the Bobcats stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Lincoln Rasmussen would start things off with a lead off single to right. Chandler Tidwell followed with a single and Lane McLevain sacrificed the runners over. Dawson Nimmo singled to right center to drive in another Bobcats run. After an Andrew Martinez walk, Neco Lopez singled to left, driving in two and increasing the lead to 4-0. Max pulley hit an infield single, and the Eagles made a pitching change. Ryan Daggs greeted the new pitcher with a sacrifice fly to center to score Martinez and the Bobcats led 5-0. The Bobcats would add one more run on an Eagles throwing error and would head to the fifth leading 6-0. The Eagles would threaten in the fifth but Daggs was able to work around a pair of base runners and leave them stranded. The Bobcats would strike again in the bottom of the fifth. Lane McLevain started things off with a one out triple to left center. Andrew Martinez stepped in and promptly smashed a two out shot over the right field fence for his first career home run, and an 8-0 lead for the Bobcats. The Eagles pitcher struggled to find the strike zone after the home run and the Bobcats capitalized on two walks, a hit by pitch and an error to score two more. After five, the Bobcats led 10-0. The Eagles would challenge in the sixth with a pair of homeruns mixed in with a couple of Bobcat miscues. The Bobcats would call on Devin McCullough to come in from the bullpen with five runs already across for the eagles. McCullough induced a ground out to short and the Bobcats were out of the inning. The Bobcats would go quietly in their half of the sixth. The Eagles would use a pair of singles to score one in the seventh, but the Bobcat defense slammed the door shut and held on for the 10-6 win. The Bobcat offense was a team effort as nine players had individual hits. Neco Lopez, Spencer Greene, and Andrew Martinez each had two RBIs and Ryan Daggs had a solid game on the mound, pitching 5.2 innings for the win.
The Eagles were determined to even things up in the second game and they wasted no time making that statement. They threatened to score in the first, but Bobcat pitcher Neco Lopez was able to work out of the jam. The Bobcats hit the scoring column first as Neco Lopez blasted a triple to deep right field and scored on a Max Pulley sacrifice fly. The Bobcat lead would not last long as Southwestern Christian put three tallies of their own on the board in the second and led 3-1. The Bobcats would go quietly in their half and the Eagles would add two more runs in the third. With a couple of Eagles miscues in the third, the Bobcats were able to push one more run across to make it 5-2. That would be as close as the Bobcats would get. The Eagles added three more runs in the fourth, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh and would take game two 13-2. The Bobcats were led at the plate by Caleb Johnson’s two hits to go along with hits by Lane McLevain and Neco Lopez. Max Pulley and Rhett Hill each had an RBI to give the Bobcats their two runs.
The Bobcats will be back in action Wednesday, March 10, as they host Oakland City University for a 3:00 start.