Jays swept by Sterling, KWU

Tabor suffered a pair of home-field doubleheader sweeps last week, losing a pair to Sterling last Tuesday and to Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday.

Sterling College came to Hillsboro and beat the Bluejays, 7-2 and 6-5 on Tuesday.

In the first game, Tabor took a brief 1-0 lead when Jarod Johnson led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and eventually scored on a single by Jess Tracy.

After Sterling tied the game in the second, reclaimed it with a run in the bottom of the third. Sterling tied the game 2-2 in the top of the fifth.

The game went into an extra inning before the Warriors got to Tabor starter Todd Trullinger for for five runs, including a home run, to put the game away.

In the second game, Sterling broke a scoreless tie with four runs in in the second inning and added a fifth run in the third.

The Bluejays pulled to within 5-3 in the bottom of the third and then 5-4 in the sixth.

After Sterling scored their sixth run in the top of the seventh, Tracy led off the seventh with a double and eventually scored, but the Bluejay rally fell short.

Tabor’s Mike Feltman took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits in only one and a third innings. Austin Frantz came on in relief and pitched the final six and two-thirds inning, giving up two runs on only three hits.

Unlike the games against Sterling, Saturday’s games against Wesleyan weren’t in doubt for long. The Coyotes built an 11-0 lead through three and a half innings before the Bluejays got on the scoreboard.

KWU never let up, roughing up the Bluejays’ pitching staff for 10 more runs in a 21-3 win.

Jerrod Ryherd’s home run in the sixth inning was the only bright spot for Tabor.

Frantz gave up seven earned runs on six hits in only two complete innings of work. Kyle Thomas came in and gave up 10 more runs in one third of an inning.

In the second game, Tabor led 3-1 before the roof caved in the fourth inning, when Wesleyan erupted for nine runs en route to a 15-3 win.

The Bluejays managed only four hits in the game while KWU pounded out 13, including six home runs.

With the four losses, Tabor’s record falls to 2-10 in the KCAC and 10-23 overall.

Coming-The Bluejays will be on the road for two doubleheaders this week. On Wednesday they square off against Friends in Wichita, beginning at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, they travel to Lindsborg to take on the Bethany Swedes, beginning at 1 p.m.

Tabor closes out the regular season May 1 with games at home against Ottawa.

The doubleheader will begin at 4 p.m.

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