The College of the Ozarks Bobcats opened a weekend series Friday against Ecclesia College and struggled to get the bats going in a 5-0 loss to the Royals in game one.
Trenton Hyde went to the mound for the Bobcats and faced the minimum in the first inning. After a one out single, Lincoln Rasmussen threw out Cameron Berry trying to steal second. A fly ball to right ended the Royal half of the inning with no runs crossing the plate. Max Pulley started the Bobcat offense with a one out single in the bottom of the first. The next two Bobcats were retired and Pulley was stranded after stealing second base. Ecclesia took advantage of a pair of walks and a couple of singles to get on the board in the second inning and led 2-0. The Bobcat bats would remain silent through the next three innings and the only offense they could muster would be a pair of walks in the fourth. Ecclesia added three more runs, all with two outs, in the fifth. Two singles and a Bobcat error forced a pitching change and Joe Lee came on in relief of Trenton Hyde. Lee gave up a single, but struck out the next batter to stop the Ecclesia rally. The Bobcats would threaten in the sixth inning with bases loaded but were unable to come up with the big hit to break through on the scoreboard. Both teams went quietly in the seventh and Ecclesia took game one, 5-0.
The Bobcats were limited to four hits, singles in game one by Max Pulley, Spencer Greene, Lincoln Rasmussen, and Lane McLevain.
The Bobcats turned to Spencer Greene for the pitching duties in game two. After a leadoff single, Greene settled in and retired the next three Royals. The Bobcats went down in order in their half of the first. Greene and the Bobcats took care of business defensively in the second and Ecclesia could not get any offensive production. The Bobcats broke out in the second inning and sent 11 batters to the plate on the way to a six-run outburst. Lincoln Rasmussen led off with a double down the right field line. Chandler Tidwell followed with a one out walk and Dawson Nimmo doubled down the right field line to drive in the first run for the Bobcats. A walk to Chuck Hill set the stage for an Andrew Martinez double to left and two RBI’s. Neco Lopez would single to drive in another run and Lane McLevain would reach on an error to make the score 6-0, after two. The Bobcat offense was shut down by the Royal’s pitcher the rest of the game. Spencer Greene continued to cruise through the final five innings to record the complete game shut-out, 6-0.
The Bobcats were led at the plate with doubles by Lincoln Rasmussen, Dawson Nimmo, and Andrew Martinez. Neco Lopez added an RBI single for the 6-0 win.
The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday at 12:00 for day two of the series with Ecclesia College.