This week the Bobcats have been entrenched in a tight four-game series with the DuPage County Hounds in which the series stands 2-1 in favor of DuPage.
In game one, senior pitcher Brian Henry dominant to say the least as he pitched nine innings allowing only one earned run on six hits while fanning four batters.
“He was excellent. He only let up one free pass and we didn’t make any errors in the field we just didn’t have it in the bullpen. But if we can keep up that pace we will be in position to win a lot of games” said pitching coach, Clint Stroud.
Reliever, Blade Matthews came on in the 10th to shut the door to extend the game for the Cats but surrendered a 2-out double off the bat of Joe Engel for the Hounds to win in walk-off fashion.
Games two and three were played on Wednesday in doubleheader format of two-seven inning games.
Lucas Hall (ISU) started game 2 in which he lasted six innings letting up ten runs where only five of which earned.
The bats were quiet for the Cats who only scored two runs to the Hounds ten. Not to mention the Bobcats were guilty of three key errors throughout the game.
The nightcap of the doubleheader was decided by another extra-inning bout, this time in Bobcat favor.
Nick Brune started the game and went all seven innings of regulation until handing it over to Matthews again in extra innings. Brune allowed only two earned runs on six hits striking out six Hound hitters.
With two men on and two out in the bottom of the 8th and Joe Engel looking to be the hero in extra innings again, Matthews struck out Engel to earn his first career save in a Bobcat uniform.
Brune earned his second straight win and fourth this summer as a Bobcat.
As for tonight, Mitch Weis (2-3, 2.45ERA) will be on the hill for the Bobcats as they take on the Hounds in the series finale at O’Neil Park in Bloomington.
Cats are currently tied with Southland for the fourth and final spot in the playoff push with a record of 15-20.
First pitch will be at 5:30 tonight as the Bobcats make their final run for the playoffs.