After capturing the first game of the double header, the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat baseball team dropped the second game to the home-standing Central Methodist University (CMU) Eagles.
The Bobcats took game one 3-1 and then fell to CMU 9-8 in nine innings. The ‘Cats are now 16-8 overall and 3-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC). The Eagles are 3-5 in the HAAC and 8-12 on the season.
Game 1 Action
Jonathan Castillo (Paterson, N.J.) started the game off with a single and later scored on a triple by Jeff
Eubank (Fort Pierce, Fla.).
The ‘Cats were not able to get anything else going until the fourth inning when Derek Voigt (Auburn, Wash,) walked. Brenden Gentry (Sallisaw, Okla.) singled and was followed up by another single by Randy Santiesteban (Hialeah, Fla.) leading to Voigt scoring. Castillo single again to left center scoring Gentry.
Central Methodist was able to get a run across in the sixth. However, one run was not enough as the Bobcats won 3-1.
Bryan Duncan (Seattle, Wash.) started the game on the mound for the Bobcats and threw five innings, giving up six hits and no runs. Duncan had five strikeouts. Danny Borst (Moreno Valley, Calif.) threw the last two innings giving up one run off one hit.
Castillo was two for four while Eubank was two for two with one double and one triple. Both players had one RBI.
Game 2 Action
The Bobcats were able to get runners in scoring position in the first inning off two hits, but did not produce any runs. CMU scored two in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead.
It was not until the third inning that the ‘Cats got four runs across the plate. Castillo led things off with a double. Tyler Croushorn (Omaha) walked and then Eubank tripled scoring Castillo and Croushorn. Kyle Fredrickson (Omaha) was able to get a single which lead to Croushorn scoring. Fredrickson then stole second base and J.L. Thomason (Holt, Fla.) singled to right field scoring Fredrickson.
Central Methodist was able to get to Bobcat starting pitcher Aubrey Dezarn (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the bottom of the third, getting three runs off four hits. Lincoln Mansch (Missoula, Mont.) came in to pitch for Dezarn with two outs.
In the fifth inning for the Bobcats, Thomason started things with a double to left center. Jonathan Arche (Miami, Fla.) reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Thomason. Through five, it was a 5-5 tie.
The ‘Cats were able to get three runs off of four hits in the top half of the seventh inning. Philip Lial (Las
Vegas, Nev.) and Arche each singled and advance to second and third on a wild pitch. Voigt then came in to pinch hit and singled scoring Lial. Castillo doubled scoring Arche and Voigt.
The Bobcats had a three-run lead in the seventh inning but that was not enough to last as CMU was able to get three runs to tie the game at 8-8 off of three hits and one error by the Bobcat defense.
Neither team scored in the eighth, but in the ninth inning, the Eagles were able to get a run across for the 9-8 win.
Dezarn threw two and two-thirds innings giving up five runs off six hits. Dezarn had two walks and strikeouts. Mansch threw three and one-third innings giving up four hits and three runs. Mansch also had two strikeouts. Borst also threw two and one-third innings in relief, only giving up one run off one hit. Borst had one K.
Offensively, Castillo who went three for five with two doubles and two RBI led the Bobcats. Thomason and Croushorn each also had one double and Eubank had a triple.
Continue HAAC Conference Play
The Bobcats travel this weekend to MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., for two sets of doubleheaders scheduled for this Friday and Saturday. Games are set to start at 1 pm on Friday and noon on Saturday.
PSC will be on the road on April 3 traveling to Sioux Center, Iowa, to play Dordt College. Game time is 3 p.m.