Tabor baseball loses first Opening Round game to Missouri Baptist

The Tabor College baseball team lost to Missouri Baptist, 10-5, Monday in its first game of the NAIA Opening Round tournament in Hutchinson, despite out-hitting the Spartans, 12-11.

The Bluejays committed four errors, and only six of Missouri Baptist’s runs were earned.

It was a tie ballgame after one inning of play as Jordan Harris’ RBI single scored one run for Tabor, then the Spartans’ leadoff hitter, Aaron Collazo, launched the first pitch he saw over the left field fence.

Using two hits and an error, the Spartans scored two runs in the second inning to break the tie before Brent McClure brought Tabor within 3-2 with a third-inning solo home run.

The Spartans, however, scored four runs off three hits and an error in the bottom half of the inning, then extended their lead further, 10-2, with a three-run home run highlighting the three-hit, three-run bottom of the fourth inning. Tabor made two errors in the frame.

Colton Flax hit a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, bringing it to the final, five-run spread.

Tabor recorded three hits over the final four innings, leaving the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.

AJ Shaw was 3-for-4 at-bat. Flax drove in three runs.

Jagger Harjo sustained the pitching loss. In 21/3 innings, he gave up four hits and seven runs (four earned). He walked five batters and struck out no one.

Coming—Tabor will face Jamestown (N.D.) Tuesday at 11 a.m. in an elimination game. Jamestown lost to Concordia (Neb.) Monday, 8-7. With a win, Tabor would play Concordia—who lost to Clarke (Iowa), 19-8, in its second game Monday—Tuesday at 6 p.m. Prior to that game, Missouri Baptist will face Clarke at 2:30 p.m.

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