The College of the Ozarks Bobcats brought their bats to life Tuesday scoring 21 runs in two games on their way to a sweep of the Baptist Bible College Patriots. The Bobcats outscored the Patriots 10-1 in the opener and took game two of the doubleheader 11-8.
Game 1 - C of O – 10, BBC - 1
Behind a solid pitching performance by Spencer Greene, the Bobcats took advantage of a warm weather day at Coach Bob Smith Field and took care of business. Greene shut the Patriots down in order in the top of the first inning and the Bobcats promptly erupted for six runs in the bottom half. Chuck Hill starting things off with a hit by pitch and moved to third on a failed pickoff play that went to the fence. Ryan Daggs picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to center and the Bobcats were on the board. Caleb Johnson followed with a single and Greene helped his own cause with an RBI double to left to drive in Johnson. Isaiah Smith drew a two out walk followed by a Patriot error. The error allowed Cadan Kauffman to reach and brought Greene around to score. Blake Hultgren was hit by a pitch and the Bobcats continued to threaten with two outs. Colby Teaster ripped a two RBI single to right scoring Kauffman and Smith. Chuck Hill followed with an RBI double to right and the Bobcats scored six before the final out of the inning was recorded. Greene continued his quality outing, keeping the Patriot bats quiet. The Bobcats added a pair of runs in the fourth inning with a Ryan Daggs walk, followed by a Caleb Johnson blast over the left field fence. BBC finally got to Greene for a run in the top of the sixth with a Haden Parton home run, but Greene squelched any thoughts of a comeback, recording the final out of the inning. Greene helped himself again in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run shot for the final two Bobcat runs. Greene put the Patriots down in order in the seventh to secure the 10-1 win.
Caleb Johnson and Spencer Greene led the offense with two hits each, including a homerun each. Chuck Hill, Ryan Daggs, and Colby Teaster each added a hit to the offensive attack for the Bobcats. Spencer Green threw a complete game giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
Game 2 – C of O – 11, BBC 8
Devin McCullough took the mound in game two and BBC looked to get their offense going early. A leadoff error was followed by a single and the Patriots were threatening to score in the first. McCullough buckled down, however, and slammed the door shut with three straight outs. The Bobcats picked up right where they left off in game one, pushing four runs across in the opening frame. Chuck Hill led off the inning with a double to left, followed by a Ryan Daggs single. Caleb Johnson picked up another RBI driving in Hill with a single and Spencer Greene followed suit with an RBI single of his own. The Bobcats took advantage of a couple Patriot errors and Isaiah Smith and Greene scored to put the Bobcats up 4-0. McCullough made quick work of BBC in the second and the offense came through with two more runs in the bottom of the second. Caleb Johnson continued his big day at the plate with a double to left. Spencer Greene followed with a walk and Chandler Tidwell ripped a two RBI double to put the Bobcats up 6-0. A five-run third inning for BBC forced McCullough out of the game and Ryan Daggs came on in relief in the top of the fourth. The Bobcats regained their cushion in the bottom of the third capitalizing on a Patriot error, a hit by Cadan Kauffman, and an RBI groundout off the bat of Daggs. BBC added a run in the top of the fourth, but Daggs kept the damage to a minimum. BBC went quietly in the fifth, but the Bobcats continued their attack. Blake Hultgren singled to lead off the inning followed by a Chuck Hill walk. The Bobcats used some solid baserunning to score Hultgren and a sacrifice fly by Daggs drove in Hill to make it 10-6 Bobcats. The Patriots added a run in the sixth, but C of O answered when Cadan Kauffman singled and later scored on a wild pitch. BBC added a run in the top of the seventh but Daggs closed the door and the Bobcats took game two, 11-8.
Caleb Johnson, Chandler Tidwell, and Cadan Kauffman led the charge with two hits each. Chuck Hill, Ryan Daggs, Spencer Greene, and Blake Hultgren each added a hit, and Ryan Daggs recorded the win on the mound.
The Bobcats will be back in action at home this weekend when they host Columbia College Friday at 1:00 and 3:00, as well as Saturday at noon and 2:00.