On a cool and rainy day at Coach Bob Smith Field, The College of the Ozarks Baseball Bobcats hosted the William Woods Owls in a double header. In what was supposed to be a weekend series, the Bobcats and Owls had to settle for a Saturday double header, after Friday’s games were rained out.
The Bobcats sent Spencer Greene to the mound to face the owls in game one and it looked like a pitcher’s duel in the opening frames. Greene set the Owls down in order in each of the first three innings, while the William Woods hurler only allowed one hit through the first two. The Bobcats opened the scoring in the third with a lead-off single be Andrew Martinez. Neco Lopez followed with a double to left and the Bobcats had runners at second and third with no outs. Dawson Nimmo drove in the first Bobcat run with a sacrifice fly to left and Lopez was able to advance to third. Ryan Daggs followed with another sacrifice fly and the Bobcats led 2-0. The Owls answered with one run in the fourth, but Greene pitched out of a jam to prevent any more tallies for the visitors. Lincoln Rasmussen and Chandler Tidwell led off the Bobcat fourth with back to back singles. Lane McLevain drove them in with a single of his own and the Bobcat lead was 4-1. Both teams went down quietly in the 5th and the Bobcats added one run in the sixth off singles by Max Pulley, Chandler Tidwell, and Lane McLevain. Spencer Greene cruised into the seventh and after an error and a one out walk, things began to get a bit shaky. A fly ball to center for the second out was followed by four straight William Woods hits and the Owls had tied the score at 5-5. The Bobcats threatened in the seventh with a walk and another Max Pulley single but both runners were left stranded. The Owls momentum carried over into the eighth and a leadoff homerun followed by an error and a single pushed two more runs across and the Owls led 7-5 heading to the bottom of the eighth. The Bobcats rallied back and loaded the bases but could not come up with the big hit and all three runners were stranded, ending the game, 7-5 Owls.
Lane McLevain led the Bobcats offense with three hits, Neco Lopez, Max pulley, Lincoln Rasmussen, and Chandler Tidwell each had two, and Caleb Johnson and Andrew Martinez added one hit apiece. Spencer Greene’s 6.2 innings on the mound was a solid outing for the Bobcat pitching staff.
The temperature and the Bobcat bats were cooled off in game two. Scoring a run off of two first inning Owl errors gave the Bobcats an early one run lead. The Owls, however, would answer with three runs in the third inning and the Bobcats trailed 3-1. The Bobcat bats were silenced except for a single by Caleb Johnson in the fourth inning and a Chandler Tidwell double in the sixth. The Owls added one run on a home run in the sixth and would win game two, 4-1.
The Bobcats will be back in action next Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 for a weekend series against Ecclesia College at home.