Coming off a dramatic walk-off win just two days earlier, the Bobcats were set to host the Owls from William Woods University in a midweek, nine inning game.
Weston Whiteside took the mound for the Bobcats and the Owls jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame. The Bobcats evened the score in the bottom half with a Chuck Hill double, a groundout to move him to third, and a passed ball. Whiteside struck out the side in the second and the Bobcat bats came to life in the bottom of the inning. Tyas Rush ripped a leadoff double and Titus Atkins and Blake Hultgren walked to load the bases. Chuck Hill picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to center, and Caleb Johnson drove in a pair of runs with a double. Ryan Daggs scored Johnson with a single and the Bobcat lead grew to 5-1. Spencer Greene kept the line moving with a single and the Bobcats had runners on the corners with two outs. An Owl error scored Daggs and the Bobcat lead was 6-1 when the final out was recorded. The Owls were determined to battle back and picked up a pair of runs in the third to cut the lead to 6-3. A Tyas Rush single and a pair of walks had the Bobcats threatening again in the third, but the Owls were able to get out of the jam with no runs crossing the plate. After an Owl single and an RBI double in the top of the fourth, Joe Lee come on to pitch in relief. Lee closed the door on the Owls and the Bobcats came back to the plate leading 6-4. Neither team could get the bats going again until Caleb Johnson singled in the sixth. The Bobcats could not string more hits together and Johnson was left stranded. Lee continued to cruise through the Owl lineup, but the Bobcats were unable to capitalize with the bats. After a single and a walk in the eighth, the Bobcat closer, Ryan Daggs came on to assume the pitching duties. An owl single scored a run and things began to get interesting. Daggs struck out the next batter to send the game to the bottom of the eighth, 6-5 Bobcats. The Bobcats went down quietly in their half and the three more outs were needed to secure the win. Daggs induced a trio of ground outs, and the defense did their job backing him up. The Bobcats took the contest, 6-5, and moved to 13-8 on the season.
Caleb Johnson (2B), Ryan Daggs (2B), and Tyas Rush (2B) each had two hits to lead the Bobcats offense. Chuck Hill and Spencer Greene each added a hit in the win. Joe Lee picked up the win on the mound and Ryan Daggs recorded five outs for the two-inning save.
The Bobcats are scheduled to play Saint Xavier University at home this weekend. Game times are slated for 2 PM and 4 PM Friday, and noon and 2 PM Saturday.