The Tabor baseball team rolled to a four-game sweep of Friends University Thursday and Saturday to gather momentum heading into the Bluejays’ last week of regular-season play.
“The sweep puts us right back into the hunt for a conference championship,” said coach Mark Standiford, saying the Jays are up two games with a four-game series to play against Sterling this weekend.
“Sterling is an outstanding team and just like us, they have been ranked much of the year…It should be an outstanding series this weekend.”
Tabor is now ranked first and second in the country in batting average and stolen bases.
Boosting the Bluejays’ offensive engine was KCAC Player of the Week Colby Tessendorf, who batted 0.500 against Friends. The senior second-baseman earned seven hits, including two home runs, and nine runs-batted-in.
“Colby Tessendorf led our offense this week,” Standiford said. “He has done an outstanding job this past month and has been a huge part of our success.”
Friends —Tabor started off sizzling in Game 1 Thursday, scoring seven runs in the first inning on their way to a 22-5 victory.
Matt Weger and Colby Tessendorf both drove in homers for Tabor, racking up four runs-batted-in each. Adam McCormick added three RBIs.
Dominating on the mound was Anthony Mendoza (7-0), pitching five innings for the win and striking out six batters.
Tabor earned a 12-2 win in the second game, riding a five-run fifth inning for the home doubleheader sweep.
Tessendorf led the bats with three RBIs, including a home run, but McCormick chipped in two RBIs, counting a homer. David Ormiston (6-3) pitched six innings for the win and struck out six players.
During Tabor’s road doubleheader Saturday, the Jays combined consisted scoring early for a 7-2 win in Game 1.
Koby Temple set the pace at the plate with three RBIs, with Brian Kowal (8-4) earning the win at the mound with two hits, no runs, in six innings pitched.
The Bluejay bats slowed down after a three-run first inning in Game 2, but still managed an 8-2 win to give Tabor the series sweep.
Tyler Kozolowski and Koby Temple each had two RBIs, and Nicholas Reif (6-2) anchored the Jays on the mound for the win. He pitched 4 1/5 innings, striking out three and allowing just one run.
Coming —Tabor was scheduled to play Baker University at home April 24 before hosting a doubleheader with Sterling College Friday for senior day. They are slated to play Sterling on the road Saturday to conclude regular-season play.
Games begin at 1 p.m. both Tuesday and?Saturday, with Friday’s match-up beginning at 2 p.m.