The College of the Ozarks Bobcats continued their tough schedule for the 2021 season as they hosted the #22 ranked team in the NAIA, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, for a weekend series.
Game one of the series started with each team trading early jabs. The Drovers scored a run in the first inning off a Bobcat error and an RBI single. The Bobcats answered with a Caleb Johnson single and an RBI double to center off the bat of Ryan Daggs. The Drovers took charge in the second inning as they utilized small ball to push two runs across and take and early 3-1 lead. The Bobcats had a couple of baserunners in their half of the second but could not score. Four hits and a hit batsman would bring in three more runs in the third for USAO and they led 6-1 heading to the bottom of the third. The Drovers added two more runs in the fourth and the Bobcats were in a deep and challenging hole. A couple of USAO errors in the Bobcats fourth allowed Lave McLevain to round the bases and score the second C of O run. The Bobcat defense held the Drovers in check through the fifth and sixth innings, but the Bobcats could only produce hits by Neco Lopez and Lane McLevain in the sixth with no runs crossing the plate. The Drovers added a run in the seventh and the Bobcats were retired in order to make the final score 9-2 USAO, in game one.
Caleb Johnson had two hits and a run scored for the Bobcats. Ryan Daggs had a double and an RBI. Spencer Greene, Neco Lopez, and Lane McLevain each added a hit to the Bobcats cause.
The Drovers picked up where they left off in game two, scoring three runs in the first inning off two singles and a Jake Womack homerun. The Bobcat offense was silent in the first with a two out walk erased by a pick-off play. Spencer Greene, the Bobcat pitcher pitched around a leadoff walk in the second to hold the score at 3-0. The Bobcats got a pair of baserunners in the second with a hit batsman and a Chuck Hill bunt single, but the Drover defense held the runners in place and the Bobcats left them stranded. USAO added a run in the third to make it 4-0 and the Bobcat bats were unable to get anything going in their half. Things got shaky in the fourth for the Bobcat defense as USAO used a homerun, a double, three singles, a walk, and a hit batsman to add five more runs and lead, 9-0. A Neco Lopez double to lead off the Bobcat fourth was wasted as the next three Bobcats went down in order. The Drovers recorded a single in the fifth but left that base runner stranded. The Bobcats would make some noise in their half of the fifth with a leadoff single by Dawson Nimmo. Seth Stamps entered as a pinch runner and Andrew Martinez hit a shot off the pitcher, that he subsequently threw in the dirt and past the first baseman for an error. Seth Stamps scored all the way from first base and The Bobcats were on the board. Martinez made his way to second base and Max Pulley followed with a walk. The next three Bobcats went down via the strikeout and the two runners were left stranded. 9-1, Drovers. Tyler Buchanan pitched around a pair of leadoff singles to retire USAO in the sixth. The Bobcats went down in order in the bottom of the sixth. The Drovers led off with a double in the seventh off Bobcat pitcher Riley Loyd. Loyd then set the Drovers down in order to take the Bobcats to the home half of the seventh trailing by eight. The Bobcats were retired with a two out walk to Max pulley left stranded in the seventh and USAO took game two 9-1.
The Bobcats were limited to four hits in game two off the bats of Caleb Johnson, Neco Lopez, Chuck Hill, and Dawson Nimmo.
Day two of the series is slated for Saturday afternoon with game times at 12:00 and 2:00.