On Saturday the Bobcat baseball team celebrated Military Appreciation Day by finishing off the sweep of the Manhattan Christian College Thunder (Kan.), 12-1 and 14-2.
Bobcat ace Collan Thrasher started game one and appeared nearly untouchable with seven strikeouts and only two hits allowed over five and two-thirds innings pitched.
In the bottom of the first, the Bobcat bats smacked around the Thunder's starting pitcher Tyler McIntosh for seven earned runs. Jay Kaufman (1-2, run, 3 RBI), Westin Gann (1-2, 2 RBI), and Kyle Giefer (2-2, 2 doubles, run, 2 RBI) all collected RBIs in the inning.
C of O added more runs in the second, third, and fifth innings, including RBIs by Kyle Abrahamson (0-1, run, SB, RBI), Kobe Hammers (1-1, run, RBI), and Max Pulley (1-1, double, 2 BB, 2 runs, 2 SB, RBI). Pulley impacted the stat line in nearly every way, including defensively, with an outstanding double play from right field to squash a Manhattan Christian College rally.
The bottom of the fifth for the Bobcats was started by a Cade Little (2-2, run, SB) single. Later, collecting his first career hit in his first collegiate at-bat, Bobcat sophomore Chandler Tidwell (1-1, RBI) drove in a run. C of O reliever Isaac Norsic helped finish off the Thunder in game one by pitching one and one-third scoreless innings. Thrasher was credited with the win.
Ethan Whiteis started game two on the mound for the Bobcats. Other than a slight hiccup in the top of the second inning, Whiteis tossed a great game striking out 5 of 18 batters, inducing another five ground balls, and allowing only two runs over five innings pitched.
At the plate, C of O continued to punish MCC pitching, scoring 11 of their 14 runs in the fourth inning alone. Max Pulley (1-4, 2 runs, SB, 3 RBI), Kole Kelley (3-4, 2 runs, 3 SB, 2 RBI), and Ryan Daggs (3-3, 2 runs, SB, 4 RBI) had multiple RBIs in a game that featured twelve Bobcats reaching base safely. Whiteis finished with the 14-2 win.
The Bobcats will continue this home stand against Rogers State University on Tuesday, March 5, at 2 PM.