The Tabor Bluejay baseball team is on a 10-game winning streak, aided by a four-game sweep of KCAC foe Kansas Wesleyan (5-11, 16-17) last week.
Kansas Wesleyan—With two wins against the Coyotes already under their belt, the Bluejays traveled to Salina Saturday for a second doubleheader, where the outcome remained the same.
Tabor picked up a 6-5 win in Game 1 and followed with an 11-0 shutout in Game 2.
It took an extra inning for the Bluejays to get things done in Saturday’s first game after the Coyotes came back to tie the game at four with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
But Tabor outscored Kansas Wesleyan, 2-1, in the eighth inning to seal the one-point victory.
Kirk Rocha and Troy Torres each contributed one hit that produced two RBIs.
Silva had two hits—a double and a triple—and two runs in four at-bats, and Kevin Seeger also knocked out a double.
On the mound, Josh Stone was Tabor’s starter, pitching six innings and allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned), while walking three batters and striking out eight.
Alex Mann pitched two innings in relief and was credited with the win. Mann allowed one hit and one run (none earned), while walking no one and striking out one batter.
It was all Tabor in Game 2. After scoring two runs the first four innings, the Bluejays took control by scoring six runs in the fifth and following with three more in the sixth to seal the win.
Seeger hit a home run that batted in two runs for Tabor, and Torres knocked out two doubles and had as many RBIs.
Wes Moody, Rocha and Silva all managed one double to aid the Bluejays, and each had one RBI.
Matt Lambert—KCAC Pitcher of the Week—pitched all seven innings for Tabor, allowing two hits and no runs and walking no one while striking out seven hitters.
With the wins, Tabor improved to 15-1 in the KCAC, 24-8 overall.
Thursday, the Bluejays won Game 1 against the Coyotes, 9-1.
Art Corona, Tabor’s first batter, paved the way for the Bluejays with a home run to open the bottom of the first inning. It was all Tabor from there, and a five-run third inning—aided by a Tyler Kozlowski homer—helped secure the Bluejay victory.
Brian Kowal (2-2) was Tabor’s winning pitch. He threw pitching all seven innings and allowing four hits and one earned run while walking one batter and striking out three.
The Bluejays followed with a 15-6 victory in Game 2.
Kansas Wesleyan managed one run to start the game, but Corona knocked out a home run for Tabor to tie the game.
The Bluejays took a 2-1 lead after the first inning and continued to add to their score, holding a 9-1 advantage going into the sixth inning.
Kirk Rocha contributed three hits in five at-bats with four RBIs. Corona finished with one hit and three RBIs.
Starter Anthony Mendoza (5-0) was Tabor’s winning pitcher. In 5.1 innings, Mendoza allowed five hits and six runs (five earned) while walking two hitters and striking out three.
Saint Mary—Tabor swept its rescheduled doubleheader at the University of Saint Mary Monday, winning 10-1 and 2-1.
In Game 1, a big seventh inning—in which the Bluejays scored eight runs—sealed the victory for Tabor.
Jacob Webb (2-1) was Tabor’s winning pitcher. he pitched seven innings and allowed four hits and one run (earned). Webb walked two batters and struck out four.
Tabor followed with a 2-1 victory in Game 2.
The Bluejays scored first with one run in the third inning, but Saint Mary tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Tabor polished the win with one run in the fifth inning.
On the mound, Jon Murray was Tabor’s starter, pitching three innings and allowing two hits but no runs or walks, while striking out one batter.
Alex Mann (2-0) was Tabor’s winning pitcher. In two innings pitched, Mann allowed two hits and one run (earned). He walked two batters with no strikeouts.
Josh Stone (5-1) was credited with the save. Stone pitched one inning, allowing no hits or runs, while neither walking or striking out any batters.
Coming—Tabor was scheduled to face non-conference opponent Baker University Tuesday. The team travels to Friends (7-9, 15-18) Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. and will host Friends Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 1.