Tabor falls to Oklahoma Baptist, 3-1

Tabor?s efforts against top-seeded Oklahoma Baptist fell short Saturday in the Bluejays? second outing of the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series.

Tabor mustered three hits to OBU?s six and lost, 3-1.

Oklahoma Baptist struck first after hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning.

The Bluejays answered with a run in the top of the fifth. Kirk Rocha hit an RBI single to score pinch runner Ryan Neufeld, who had entered the game after CJ DeDeaux reached base on a misplayed grounder.

The Bison broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth, using a hit and an error to score a run, then took a 3-1 lead with a run in the bottom of the seventh, again using one hit and one error to score a run.

Over the next two innings, Tabor mustered one hit?a single by Kevin Seeger in the top of the eighth.

Jacob Webb sustained the pitching loss. He scattered six hits over eight innings of work and gave up three runs (one earned). He walked four batters and struck out six.

Oklahoma Baptist?s Julian Merryweather gave up three hits and one unearned run in nine innings. He walked three Bluejays and struck out 14.

Rocha, Seeger and Jean Acevedo each had one hit for Tabor.

Coming?Tabor will face No. 6 Georgia Gwinnett Monday at 9 a.m. PDT.

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