The Central Christian College baseball team opened up the home portion of the 2013 schedule by splitting a doubleheader with Ottawa University Saturday at Light Capital Diamond.
The Tigers dropped the first game 13-4 after the Braves’ bats got hot in the second inning, thanks to a solo home run by Jacob Loucks. The Braves would add six in the third, one in the fourth and pick up five more in the sixth.
Central managed to pick up a run in the fourth and three in the fifth, but had no answer for the slugging onslaught of Ottawa.
Thomas Koop picked up the loss for the Tigers, pitching 2 1/3 innings.
Ottawa plated their 13 runs on 17 hits and two errors. Central had their four runs on three hits and also picked up two errors.
Game two saw the Tigers shake off the rough outing of the first game to win 8-7. Central scored four runs in the first inning, but a two-run first, a run in the third and a four-run fifth helped the Braves reclaim the lead at 7-4.
Central came back, though, picking up two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to claim the win. AJ Hawkins was credited with the win for Central, with Austin Penn notching the save.
The real workhorse on the mound for the Tigers, though, was freshman starter Douglas Gove, who pitched four innings, facing 24 Brave batters.
He gave up six runs, five earned, off nine hits and struck out three. He only walked a single batter.
Central Christian finished with eight runs on nine hits while committing three errors.
Ottawa had seven runs off 12 hits and picked up a pair of errors.
Tiger head coach Justin Cunningham was pleased with his team’s response after dropping the first game.
“We were resilient in sticking around and finding a way to win the second game,” Cunningham said.
The Tigers were back on the field this afternoon at 1 p.m. against the Braves, this time playing in Ottawa.
No score was available as of press time.