The College of the Ozarks baseball team is headed to the big dance, qualifying for this week’s NCCAA World Series in Easley, South Carolina.

The Bobcats marched to the finals of the Central Region Tournament, dropping a 17-7 decision to Southwestern Christian (Oklahoma) last Thursday.

That was enough to punch the Bobcats’ ticket to the 10-team national tournament, where they will play in four games of pool play over a three-day period, starting Wednesday. The top two teams in each of the two pools advance to play in the semifinals on Friday.

The championship game is scheduled for Saturday.

C of O is 25-31 overall and enters the World Series as the No. 7 seed.

The Bobcats will play No. 2 Bluefield College (Virginia) at noon Wednesday, then No. 6 Trinity Christian College (Illinois) at 9 a.m. Thursday and No. 10 Randall University (Oklahoma) at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The final pool play game will be against No. 3 Warner University (Florida) at 9 a.m. Friday.

C of O struggled from the start in the Central Region Tournament finals, allowing two runs in the first, then four in the second and five in the third to fall behind, 11-0.

The Bobcats rallied with six third-inning runs, but couldn’t get any closer.

Kyle Abrahamson and Max Pulley each finished with two hits, a run scored and an RBI, and Jay Kaufman added a double and two RBIs.

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