Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:15
Tabor continued its pursuit of a KCAC title last week with four more wins for a series sweep of Ottawa University.
“We played pretty well,” coach Mark Standiford said. “Any time you can get four conference wins, it is a good weekend.”
The Bluejays were helped by great pitching, with Brian Kowal earning two wins and a save this week.
“The good thing is I think we can still play better,” Standiford said. “We have a tough series coming up this weekend.”
Shortly after receiving KCAC Player of the Week honors, Tabor’s Adam McCormick was named the NAIA Baseball Player of the Week for his performance March 26 through April 1.
He helped the Bluejays go 7-1 in the conference for the week, hitting three home runs and five doubles, scoring eight runs and driving in 16. McCormick is ranked second nationally with a .519 batting average.
Ottawa—Tabor earned a convincing 7-2 win over the Braves in Game 1 of their home doubleheader Thursday.
Matt Weger led the effort at the plate with three runs batted in. Adam McCormick, Tyler Kozolowski, Matt Cardona and Tanner Giffin each drove in one.
Anthony Mendoza pitched six innings for Tabor, allowing four hits and one run, while striking out four.
Darius Iacono gave up two hits and one run in 1/3 of an inning, before Brian Kowal came in for the save with no hits or runs in 2/3 of an inning.
In Game 2, Tabor edged the Braves, 4-3, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
Art Corona, Paul Sciacca, Cody Wheeler and Weger each contributed an RBI. Corona’s came on a home run.
David Ormiston pitched nine innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out 10. Kowal pitched the 10th. He allowed one hit while striking out two to pick up the win.
The Bluejays traveled to Ottawa for a doubleheader Saturday. Tabor took Game 1, 8-5, on a solid hitting performance.
Corona and Cardona each drove in two runs while Kowal pitched strong seven innings, allowing eight hits and five runs with no strikeouts.
In the second game, Tabor put together a seven-run scoring burst in the seventh inning to fuel a 10-4 win.
Sciacca and Colby Tessendorf each contributed two RBIs, with three other Bluejays providing the rest.
Starter Nicholas Reif pitched 51?3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out three for the win.
Matt Lambert pitched 11?3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out three. Nate Percy closed the deal, pitching for the final out.
Coming —Tabor was scheduled to travel to Baker University Tuesday, April 10, before beginning a challenging four-game series against Kansas Wesleyan. The Bluejays will play a home doubleheader Friday before traveling to Salina Saturday.