The Tabor baseball team picked up its first conference wins of the season with four victories against McPherson College Friday and Saturday to improve to 4-0 in the KCAC, 13-5 overall.
On Friday, Tabor won 11-1 and 10-4.
“We played really well the first two games of the series,” coach Mark Standiford said. “We had good at-bats and our pitching was outstanding.”
In Game 1, the Bluejays claimed a 3-1 lead at the end of three innings, then added eight unanswered runs over the next two innings.
Kirk Rocha—KCAC Player of the Week—knocked two home runs for the Bluejays. The junior outfielder had three hits, scored three runs and drove in four in three at-bats.
Josh Stone (3-1)?was Tabor’s winning pitcher. In six innings, Stone—who was named KCAC Pitcher of the Week—allowed three hits and one run and struck out 12 hitters.
In Game 2, Kevin Seeger hit two home runs for Tabor. The junior first baseman knocked out two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs in four at-bats.
Matt Lambert (4-1) pitched six innings for the win. He allowed eight hits and four runs while striking out two hitters.
Tabor traveled to McPherson Saturday, winning 8-5 in nine innings and then 10-2.
In Game 1, McPherson led 5-1 after four innings, but Tabor scored four runs to tie the game. Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth innings, but Tabor gained three in the ninth to seal the victory.
Jacob Webb (1-1), pitching in relief, was the winning pitcher. He allowed no hits or runs in four innings while striking out six. Starter Brian Kowal pitched five innings.
Tabor claimed a comfortable 10-2 win in Game 2 after surging to a 4-1 lead after three innings.
Rocha scored four runs for the Bluejays, while Corona added three. Silva contributed two runs and Seeger scored one run with four RBIs.
Winning pitcher Anthony Mendoza (3-0) threw six innings, allowing one hit and two runs and posting two strikeouts
“McPherson is a much-improved team from last year, so it is nice to get four from them,” Standiford said.
Briar Cliff—The Bluejays swept Briar Cliff University Wednesday, 10-1 and 12-10.
In Game 1, the Bluejays built an 8-0 lead after three innings, then added two more runs in the fourth. Briar Cliff scored its lone in the fifth.
Tyler Kozlowski hit the game’s only home run. In three at-bats, he had three hits, scored one run and drove in two.
Winning pitcher Alex Hill threw five innings, allowing six hits and one run with five strikeouts. Alex Cole allowed one hit in two innings of relief.
In Game 2, Briar Cliff jumped to an early 6-4 lead by the end of the first inning and pushed across another run in the seventh.
Tabor’s four-run fourth-inning rally led to a 9-9 tie after Briar Cliff added two runs in the bottom of the inning. Tabor then added three runs in the fifth, leading to the 12-10 victory.
Seeger and Rocha each hit home runs for the Bluejays. In four at-bats apiece, the duo each recorded two runs on three hits with three RBIs.
Alex Mann was winning pitcher for Tabor. Throwing just over three innings, Mann allowed three hits and one run and notched four strikeouts.
Central Methodist and York—Playing at Bettis Field in Topeka, the Bluejays split their games last Tuesday. Tabor defeated Central Methodist University 7-5, then dropped a 3-0 contest to York College.
Central Methodist led 4-0 before Tabor got on the board with a run in the third inning. But in the fourth inning, Tabor outscored the Eagles 6-1 to claim a 7-5 lead on the way to the win.
Kevin Seeger had two RBIs in three at-bats, including a home run. Keenan Chanin also homered for Tabor.
Anthony Mendoza pitched four innings for the win. He struck out two hitters and allowed seven hits and five runs.
In the second game, Tabor dropped a 3-0 decision to York College. The Panthers scored two runs in the fourth inning and another in the sixth while holding the Bluejays scoreless for the game. Tabor managed only five hits.
On the mound, Brian Kowal pitched just over three innings. He allowed three hits and two runs with one strikeout.
Northwestern Oklahoma State—Tabor began last week with a 5-3 victory Monda over the Rangers in a nine-inning game.
With the scored tied 1-1, the Bluejays scored a run in the fifth inning, but NOSU claimed a 3-2 lead with two runs in the sixth. Tabor answered with three runs in the seventh inning to claim the 5-3 victory.
Grant Silva led the Bluejays with two runs scored and one RBI. Art Corona recorded two RBIs and had one run and one hit in three at-bats.
Matt Lambert was Tabor’s winning pitcher. In five innings, he threw three strikeouts and allowed three hits and two runs.
Coming—Tabor was to play a single game against Oklahoma Baptist University Monday, then a double-header at Saint Gregory’s University Tuesday.
University of St. Mary comes to town Thursday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Tabor will play at St. Mary Saturday.