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Central Christian
College of the Ozarks
Baseball - Fri, Apr. 28, 2017

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Point Lookout, MO – The Central Christian College baseball team wrapped up their regular season on Friday afternoon with a pair of losses on the road at College of the Ozarks. Both games were relatively low scoring. Ozarks took game one 3-1, then won the finale 6-3.

The Tigers outhit the Bobcats in Friday's opening game, 8-4, but wound up stranding 8 runners on base, failing to drive them in. Brian Marroquin, Caleb Gorman, and Jaime Romeu all had multiple hits in the game, each with a 2 for 3 performance. The one Tiger run was scored by Gorman, driven in on a double by Shomari Cann.

On the mound for the Tigers was senior Zane Howard. Howard pitched a complete game, giving up 3 runs, 2 of them earned, on 4 hits. His command was a little shaky in his 6 innings of work, resulting in 5 strikeouts, and 6 walks.

The Tigers led the Bobcats 1-0 3 ½ innings. In the bottom of the 4th inning things went south for the Tigers. Howard retired the first hitter of the inning, but then gave up a walk. He retired the 3rd batter of the inning but then allowed a single putting runners at first and second. From here things began to spiral. A wild pitch on the next at bat allowed the tying run to score, and then next Bobcat hitter was hit by a pitch which placed runners at first and third still with two outs.

The next hitter singled scoring the runner from third and putting the Bobcats up 2-1. Howard got the ground ball he needed from the next hitter, but a wild throw from Shomari Cann extended the inning and allowed a third run to score. When the smoke finally cleared, the Tigers went from being up 1 at the start of the inning, to down 2. The Tigers failed to score in their final three at bats and the score remained 3-1 in favor of the home team.

In the series finale, the Tigers once again generated more offense than the Bobcats, outhitting them 7-5, but once again came out on the short end of the scoreboard. The bulk of the Tiger hits came from Cann, and Mario Rivera, who were both 3 for 4 on the afternoon with a run scored. The seventh Tiger hit was a 2 RBI double by Hunter Wilcher.

On the mound for the Tigers to start the game was Bryan Scott. Scott went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 0 strikeouts. He was relieved with 2 outs in the 6th inning by Patrick Lujan. Lujan worked just 1/3 of an inning, finishing off the 6th with a strikeout.

The Bobcats opened up the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 1st. After a scoreless 2nd inning, the Tigers tied the game at 2 in the top of the 3rd on Wilcher's double. The Tigers took a brief 1 run lead, in the top of the 4th when Jaime Romeu stole home. The Tigers would have added a second run on a sacrifice fly by Cann, but Nate Patterson was called out for leaving the base early when he attempted to tag up.

The lead was short lived as the Bobcats tied the game at 4, with a run of their own in their next at bat. The 5th and 6th innings were scoreless for the Tigers, but the Bobcats broke the game open with 3 runs in their half of the 6th to take a 6-3 lead. The Tigers managed two hits in the top of the 7th, but were unable to plate any runs and the score remained 3-6.

With the losses, the Tiger finish the regular season at 14-36. They will get a couple of weeks off, before they open up post season play in the NCCAA Central Region tournament, which is being hosted at Tiger Stadium in McPherson May 11-13.