On/off hitting slows KCAC start

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JIM PAULUS
Inconsistent hitting has been the story with Tabor?s 1-3 start in the conference baseball season.



After dropping the first half of a doubleheader 12-2 against defending KCAC champion Sterling, the Bluejays bats responded by scoring 16 runs on 14 hits in the nightcap.



The first six players in the lineup each had two hits. Brain Morris and Randy Ables led the team with 3 RBIs a piece, with Kris Haynes and Chris Stucky chipping in 2.



Half of Tabor?s runs came in the fourth inning as the Bluejays sent 13 batters to the plate.



?This was a best offensive game of the year,? said head coach Gary Myers. ?Our bats really came alive.?



Randy Ables recorded his fourth win of the year, pitching five innings in the 16-3 victory.



The first game saw just the opposite as Tabor was limited to five hits en route to a 12-2 loss.



Sterling pounded the Bluejays with eight extra base hits, including five home runs.



?They hit the ball very well,? said Myers.



Tim Carroll and Haynes provided the only offense of the game with each having an RBI.



On Saturday, the Bluejays traveled to Bethany and were swept in a doubleheader, 11-1 and 5-0.



?We did not play bad,? said Myers. ?They were just able to shut us down. They threw two left-handers against us and they both threw well with good control.?



Haynes, Morris and Carroll each had two hits a piece on the day, but Tabor could only manage 12 hits.



?We have been very inconsistent at the plate this year,? said Myers.



Another concern is the health of No. 1 starter Randy Ables, who left the second game with pain in his shoulder. No word was offered on how long he will be out of action.



For the season, Ables and Haynes continue to hit the ball well, with each hitting over .400.



Ables, a senior from Rockport, Texas, was named the KCAC Co-pitcher of the Week for the week of March 26..



During that week, Ables finished a complete seven innings against Baker University, allowing only five hits, two runs, one earned run, and registering 12 strikeouts.



The team travels to Friends on Thursday and then to Ottawa next Tuesday.

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