Peru - The Peru State Bobcat baseball team travelled to Muskogee, Okla., and spilt a four-game series with the Bacone College Warriors. The two teams split games on both Saturday and Sunday.

Peru - The Peru State Bobcat baseball team travelled to Muskogee, Okla., and spilt a four-game series with the Bacone College Warriors.  The two teams split games on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
On Saturday, the Warriors won the first game 9-4 with Peru State taking the second game 11-8.  Then, on Sunday, the 'Cats won the first game 2-1 with Bacone coming back to take the second game 4-1.
 
Peru State starts the season with a 2-2 mark while the Warriors are now 4-4.
 
Saturday Game One Action
 
The Bobcats scored their first run of the season in the first inning.  Josh Alonzo (Riverside, Calif.) doubled shallow down the right field line and went to third on a wild throw.  Later, Randy Santiesteban (Hialeah, Fla.) would hit a sacrifice fly to right and Alonzo would score.

 Bacone would come back in the bottom of the first and would plate three runs.  Then, the Warriors would add four more in the bottom of the second inning to take a 7-1 lead.
 
After the first out in the top of the third inning for Peru State, Mike Melendez (Hollywood, Fla.) homered over the center field fence on the first pitch he saw to make it 7-2.
 
In the bottom of the fourth, Bacone would add another run to go up 8-2.
 
Then, in the top of the fifth inning, Melendez would homer again, this time on a 0-1 count to make it 8-3.
 
The Warriors would add one more run in the bottom of the sixth.
 
After the first out of the inning, Santiesteban would single to shallow left and would advance to third on a single by Grant Hindman (Omaha).  Seth Walston (Hemet, Calif.) would reach on a Bacone error which allowed Santiesteban to score.  With two on base, the next Bobcat batters flied out to end the game with a 9-4 win for Bacone.
 
Bacone scored its nine runs on eight hits and committed two errors.  Peru State actually outhit the Warriors as they had 11 hits, but only managed four runs.  The Bobcats committed three errors.
 
Hindman was three for four in the game while Melendez was two for three, both home runs, giving him two RBI and two runs. Josh Cedeno (Miami, Fla.) also finished with two hits.
 
Miguel Navarro (San Jacinto, Calif.) started on the mound and suffered the loss for the 'Cats.  Navarro allowed eight hits and eight earned runs in five innings.  He had four strikeouts.  Timothy Patterson (Valdosta, Ga.) came in to relieve Navarro and tossed the last inning while giving up no hits, but did allow one run.

 
Saturday Game Two Action
 
Peru State would gain its first win of the 2015 campaign on Saturday by taking the second game of the double header by a score of 11-8.  The 'Cats would score all of their 11 runs in the first two innings.
 
In the first inning, the Bobcats sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs on five hits while Bacone committed three errors.
 
Alonzo reached base on the first Warrior error of the inning.  Kyle Killen (Commerce City, Colo.) would also reach base on a Bacone error which allowed Alonzo to score.  Later, on a passed ball, Killen would score and Peru State was already up 2-0.  Melendez reached on a walk and would advance on a balk.  Marshall Klontz (Auburn, Wash.) would enter to pinch run for Melendez at that point.  Santiesteban stepped to the plate and doubled to deep left and Klontz scored.  Walston then doubled to shallow right with Santiesteban moving to third.  Jordan Silva (Lynnwood, Wash.) would ground out to short but it was enough for Santiesteban to score.  Chase Phillips would double to shallow center allowing Walston to score.  Cedeno would reach on a wild throw with Phillips moving to third.  Mark McGinnity (Pembrook Pines, Fla.) came in to run for Cedeno.  Phillips would score on another balk with McGinnity advancing to third.  On a ground out by Melendez, McGinnity would score.  Alonzo came back up to the plate and singled to shallow right-center and would eventually score with Kellen tripled to deep center.  The next batter grounded out, but the 'Cats were up 8-0 at that point.
 
Bacone would score three runs in the bottom of the first to make it 8-3.
 
In the top of the second, Santiesteban singled to shallow center to start the inning and went to third when Walston doubled down the left field line. After a strikeout, Phillips hit a home run over the left field fence on a 0-2 count making it 11-3 Peru State.
 
The Warriors added one run in the bottom of the fourth, two in the bottom of the fifth, and two in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough as Peru State won 11-8.
 
Peru State scored its 11 runs on ten hits and committed two errors. The Warriors had eight runs on 11 hits and had three errors.
 
Phillips was three for four to lead Peru State with four RBI. Santiesteban and Walston each added two hits.
4279Angus Miller earned a save in Saturday's win

 
Daniel Muniz (Miami, Fla.) tossed the first four innings for Peru State and earned his first win in a Bobcat uniform.  Muniz allowed eight hits, four earned runs, and struck out six.
 
Cragin Missak (Bellevue) tossed one inning of relief and allowed two hits, two earned runs, and struck out one.  Angus Miller (Fontana, Calif.) threw the last two innings and earned the save.  Miller allowed one hit and gave up two earned runs while striking out one.

 
Sunday Game One Action
 
It was more of a pitching duel in Sunday's first game.
 
Bacone would score its only run in the bottom of the first inning.
 
It would be the top of the inning before the Bobcats would tie it up.  After the first out of the game, Alonzo reached base on an error and went to second as the next batter was out on a fielder's choice.  Hindman would get on base on another Bacone error with Alonzo advancing to third.  Santiesteban would reach base on a walk to load the bases.  Walston would also reach base on a wild throw with Alonzo scoring.  Peru State would leave the bases loaded as the next batter grounded out.
 
It would remain tied until the top of the seventh inning with Cedeno reaching on a walk to start things off.  Brandon Melendez (Miramar, Fla.) would enter the game as a pinch runner and would advance on a sacrifice bunt by Alonzo.  Killen got an infield single with Melendez moving to third.  Hindman would then drive in Melendez with single to shallow right and it would prove to be enough as the Bobcats won 2-1.
 
Peru State scored their two runs on seven hits and committed two errors.  The Warriors were held to one run on three hits and had three miscues.
 

Hindman and McGinnity each had two hits in the game with Hindman and Walston each being credited with one RBI.
 
Manny Arciniega (Hemet, Calif.) threw a complete game and allowed just three hits and one earned run to win his first game of the season.  Arciniega struck out seven in the contest.

 
Sunday Game Two Action
 
Peru State would get on the board in the top of first in the final game of the series.
 
Alonzo would single back to the pitcher's mound and would move to second when Killen reached on a bunt. Both runners would advance on a wild pitch.  The batters would stay on their respective base as the batter grounded out.  But, Alonzo would score when Santiesteban would ground out to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead.
 
In the bottom half of the first, the Warriors would take the lead by scoring two runs.  Neither team would score in the second or third with Bacone adding two more in the bottom of the fourth to lead 4-1.
 
There would be no more scoring in the game as the Warriors would earn the win and split the four-game series.
 
Bacone scored its four runs on six hits and committed one error.  The Bobcats scored their lone run on five hits and had one error.
 
Killen was two for four in the contest while Alonzo, Klontz, and Silva each adding one hit.
 
Tanner DeGafferelly (Freeport, Fla.) was tagged for the loss as he tossed the first three and one-third innings.  DeGafferelly gave up six hits while allowing four runs and three earned runs.  He struck out one.
 
Patterson finished the game and threw two and two-third innings.  Patterson did not allow any hits or runs while striking out three.
 
Upcoming Games

Peru State will travel to Plainview, Texas, next weekend to play both Houston-Victoria College and Wayland Baptist University on Friday and Saturday.  Houston-Victoria is 6-3 on the season and has won four straight games, but will play four games before facing Peru State.
 
Wayland Baptist is 5-6 having lost the last three which ironically were to Peru State's Heart of America Athletic Conference foe, MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Wayland Baptist will also play a pair of games before facing the 'Cats.