The top-seeded Tabor College baseball team, behind the pitching of Jacob Webb, earned a 4-0 victory over No. 3 University of Jamestown (N.D.) in Tuesday?s NAIA Opening Round semifinal game at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson.
Webb pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering four hits over nine innings of work. He walked two batters and threw six strikeouts.
The teams remained scoreless until the top of the sixth inning. With runners at first and second after Kirk Rocha singled then advanced to second on a balk and Kevin Seeger reached base on an intentional walk, Keenan Chanin knocked out a two-run triple. Pete Lelich followed with a single that brought Chanin home, giving Tabor a 3-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the top of the ninth inning when Gadiel Baez scored on an error after reaching base on a walk.
Viterbo?Tabor reached the semifinal game by defeating No. 5 Viterbo (Wis.), 3-2, Monday.
Grant Silva opened the bottom of the first inning with a single and scored when Kevin Seeger hit a sacrifice fly, and the Bluejays took a 2-0 lead after Troy Torres singled and later scored on a Seeger single in the bottom of the third.
The score stayed the same until Viterbo scored a run in the top of the eighth.
Tabor countered in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out after Silva grounded out, Gadiel Baez singled, Kirk Rocha doubled and Torres was hit by a pitch, Seeger reached base on the fielder?s choice and Baez scored.
In the final inning, Viterbo sandwiched a strikeout with two walks, then hit an RBI single that narrowed the gap to 3-2. With runners at first and second and one out, Tabor relief pitcher Alex Mann struck out the next batter, and the final Viterbo batter grounded out on a full count.
Junior Mustain was the winning pitcher. He scattered three hits over seven innings and gave up one run (earned). He walked three batters and struck out three. Mann was credited with the save. Over two innings, he gave up one hit and one run (earned) while walking two batters and striking out two.
Coming?With Tuesday?s win, Tabor will play in the championship game Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday?s games will decide the Bluejays? opponent.