Tabor wins NAIA Opening Round tournament, advances to World Series

The Tabor College baseball team won the NAIA Opening Round tournament in Hutchinson Thursday with a 5-1 victory over Viterbo (Wis.). Tabor was a perfect 3-0 in the tournament and had previously defeated the V-Hawks, 3-2, Monday.

Tabor relied on right-handed pitcher Alex Mann, who scattered five hits and an unearned run over nine innings of work. He struck out six batters and did not walk anyone.

The Bluejays scored first in the bottom of the opening inning. After Kirk Rocha and Troy Torres were both hit by a pitch, Kevin Seeger hit a two-out, RBI double that put Tabor on the board.

But Viterbo used one hit and an error to score a run and tie the game in the top of the fourth inning.

Tabor reclaimed the lead for good with a run in the bottom of the inning, after gaining two hits and scoring on an RBI single by Grant Silva.

The Bluejays scored twice in the sixth, fueled by four hits and two errors, to take a 4-1 lead.

Tabor?s final run came in the bottom of the eighth. Silva tripled and later scored on a base hit by Rocha.

Silva was 3-for-5 and contributed two RBIs. Rocha and Seeger each had one RBI.

With the opening round championship victory, Tabor (49-11) advances to the NAIA World Series for the first time in school history. The World Series will be hosted by Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho May 23-30.

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