TC stumbles vs. Kansas Wesleyan

Coming off a home-and-home sweep of the Bluejays, the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes continued their run of dominance against the Tabor College baseball team on the second day of the KCAC post-season tournament. Wesleyan starter Dale Harder notched 10 strikeouts while going the distance in Thursday's 11-1 7-inning win. Scheduled to run nine innings, the Bluejay offense mustered only a CJ Henrichsen home run in the third inning of the loss, and the Tabor defense — nearly flawless in the opener against Friends — committed four errors.

Held scoreless by Bluejays starter Andrew Cook, the Coyotes posted five runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back. Brian Burke's lead single set up an RBI single by Coyotes left fielder Brian Dobyns, and KW second baseman Travis Irwin drove in another via sacrifice fly. Center fielder Brandon Mathes' 2-out single led to third baseman Mike Pettibone's three-run home run to left center. Harder ensured the Coyotes would not need another run, but Wesleyan nonetheless posted single scores in the third and fifth and tacked on pairs in the sixth and seventh to end the contest early.

The loss, combined with Friends' 7-6 extra-innings win over Saint Mary, sets up a do-or-die rematch between Tabor and the Falcons at 11 a.m. Friday in Junction City. The loser will be eliminated from contention and the winner will play either Sterling or Kansas Wesleyan at 7 p.m. that evening.

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