(Peru, Neb.) – A tough second inning proved to be too much for the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcats as they saw their outstanding season come to an end in Paducah, Ky., on Saturday.
The 11th-ranked Lindsay Wilson Blue Raiders from Columbia, Ky., topped the Bobcats 5-0 after scoring four of those runs in the second inning of the game. With the loss, PSC finished its season 37-18. The 37 wins are the second most in Bobcat history, trailing only the 2001-02 team, which won 40.
Lindsay Wilson did fall in the championship game to LSU-Shreveport, the other team in the Paducah Regional to defeat Peru State. LSU-Shreveport advances to the NAIA College World Series.
LWC-PSC Game Action
In the second inning, the Blue Raiders were able to score four runs on two hits and one error, and it appeared to take the wind out of the Bobcats. In addition, strong pitching by Lindsay Wilson kept PSC from getting much going throughout the game.
It was not until the bottom of the sixth when the Bobcats would possibly get on the board. However, the 'Cats left two stranded without punching across a run.
Lindsay Wilson added one additional run in the hits of the eighth, but Peru State avoided potential disaster as the 'Cats were able to strand three Blue Raiders on base.
Randy Santiesteban (Hialeah, Fla.), J.L. Thomason (Holt, Fla.), and Brenden Gentry (Sallisaw, Okla.) were the only Bobcats able to get a hit against Lindsay Wilson.
Austin Parker (Brighton, Colo.) pitched eight innings for PSC and took the loss. Parker gave up eight hits, five runs – four earned, and struck out three. Danny Borst (Moreno Valley, Calif.) pitched the final inning and gave up two hits, but no runs.
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The Bobcat baseball team was the first of all of the Peru State athletic teams to capture a Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) title as they won the HAAC Post-Season Baseball Tournament.
In addition, they became the first baseball team to advance to the NAIA's National Tournament. Previous teams had advanced into NAIA Regionals and Districts. This group included the 2002, 2000, and one team from the early 90's.
The Bobcats will have to replace 15 seniors off the team, but will return several top performers for the 2012-13 year.