On Tuesday College of the Ozarks baseball took on #13 Oklahoma Wesleyan University for the first of two games to be played in as many days.
While Bobcat pitcher Ozzie Sindland has had some relief appearances this season, Tuesday marked his first start on the mound. Sindland certainly rose to the occasion allowing just three runs to the juggernaut offense of OKWU, scattering eight hits, striking out three, and giving up just one walk.
The Bobcat offense helped Sindland settle-in by drawing first blood in the bottom of the second inning when Ryan Daggs (2-4, HR, run, RBI) homered deep to left field. In the bottom of the third, C of O struck again following a leadoff single by Kyle Giefer (1-3, run). Giefer scored on a pair of Eagle errors committed on a Max Pulley fly ball to right field.
In the top of the fourth, the Oklahoma Wesleyan offense broke loose when Danny Perez doubled down the line to left, followed by a Rylee Peterson single. Then, Eagle power hitter Colton Kelly took a 2-0 fastball over the fence in center. However, Ozzie Sindland quickly regained his composure getting the next two batters out to stop the bleeding.
A leadoff walk for C of O by Kyle Abrahamson (0-3, BB, run) set the table for Jay Kaufman (2-4, double, HR, run, 2 RBI) in the sixth. Kaufman deposited a hanging off-speed pitch to deep center for an RBI double which knotted the game at 3-3.
Beginning in the top of the seventh, Bobcat reliever Sean Neal came in for a masterful performance allowing just one Eagle hit for the remainder of the game, while striking out 3 of 10 batters faced. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the eighth, when the Bobcats sent Jay Kaufman to the plate again. Kaufman drilled a solo shot over the left field wall which became the eventual winning run. Sean Neal would be credited with the win.
C of O will take on OKWU again tomorrow (Wednesday, March 20) at 1 PM.