Written by Katie Morford Wednesday, 02 May 2012 14:17
After struggling early, the No. 2-seeded Tabor baseball team rallied to string together eight runs in the fifth inning and roar past No. 3 seed and defending champion Kansas Wesleyan in the Bluejays first KCAC tournament outing today. The Jays picked up a 16-8 victory and moved on to face the winner of the Sterling/Saint Mary game tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Tabor took a 2-1 advantage in the first inning, but the Coyotes picked up four runs in the second to help them to a 7-4 lead in the top of the fifth. The Bluejays' high-powered offense finally made an appearance in the bottom of the fifth when senior catcher Matt Weger nailed a home run, sparking an eight-run scoring spurt to put Tabor up, 12-7.
The Bluejays earned another run at the bottom of the sixth, then allowed a blank inning before junior outfielder Tyler Kozlowski homered in the bottom of the eighth to bring home three runs and give Tabor its final margin of victory.
Kozlowski and senior outfielder Matt Cardona tied for top honors at the plate, with three runs-batted-in each. Weger and junior second-baseman Art Corona added two RBI each.
Though he struggled early-on, senior pitcher David Ormiston (9-2) pulled himself together mid-way through the contest to earn the win, striking out five batters, while allowing 13 hits and eight runs.