Bluejays fly high in wins over York, William Jewell

Tabor College won three of four games against 19th-ranked York College in last weekend?s series played at Wichita State?s Eck Stadium to improve the Bluejays? season record to 13-2.

?It was a very good week,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?We played six games in a row against ranked teams and went 5-1.

?I thought the guys came out and played hard and with a lot of confidence.?

The Bluejays swept Satur?day?s double-header, 8-2 and 5-0.

York scored a run in the first inning of the first game and added another in the top of the second. Then Tabor broke out the bats for eight runs in the bottom of the second.

Koby Temple scored twice and drove in three runs. Kori Melo scored twice and one RBI. Six other Tabor players had one run each.

Brian Kowal pitched six innings, allowing six hits and two runs and striking out six. Teammate Darius Iacono pitched one inning, allowing no hits and striking out one.

Tabor dominated the second game, scoring a run in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth innings in a 5-0 win.

Josh Hoefler scored two runs for Tabor, with Melo, Temple and Jeff Hutton each contributing a run and an RBI. Andrew Perez drove in one run.

Tyler Fenton pitched seven innings, allowing four hits, no runs, while striking out six.

Tabor split with York College on Friday, trouncing York 14-3 in the first game before dropping the second game, 5-2.

Both teams started the first game as cold as the blustery day, not scoring any runs in the first two innings. In the third, York scored three runs.

Tabor?s bats came alive in the bottom of the third, scorching York for 12 runs. The Bluejays tacked on two more runs in fourth, prompting officials to call the game by run rule.

Adam McCormick scored one run and drove in four, while Melo had three RBIs and two runs. Brent McKinnon pitched all five innings for Tabor, allowing 12 hits and three runs while striking out two.

Tabor scoring a run in the first inning of Game 2 and another in the fourth, while shutting out York through the first four innings. York found its groove in the fifth, scoring five times to take the lead. York eventually won, 5-2.

?It?s going to happen against quality teams,? Standiford said about the loss. ?Making little mistakes against those kind of teams will give them the advantage.?

Melo and Temple each scored a run for the Bluejays, with McCormick and Tanner Steven?son picking up RBIs.

Jonathon Murray pitched 41?3 innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out four.

Steve Traumann pitched 12?3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Iacono pitched one inning, with one strikeout.

?We just need to get a little bit better,? Standiford said. ?We have a tendency to relax a bit once we get the lead instead of putting on pressure, so that mindset needs to change.?

William Jewel?Tabor dominated No. 22-ranked William Jewel College last Thursday, sweeping the home doubleheader, 7-3 and 11-0.

A doubleheader with William Jewel scheduled for Tuesday was rained out.

Tabor started strong in the first game, scoring two runs in the first inning. The Cardinals responded with two runs in the third, then added another run in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.

The Bluejays came alive in the fifth inning with three runs, then scored two more in the sixth inning.

Kori Melo and Jeff Hutton each scored two runs for Tabor, while Andrew Perez and Adam McCormick each drove in two runs. David Ormiston pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out four.

In the second game, Tabor scored three runs in the first inning and six in the second.

The Jays added one in the third inning to put them ahead, 10-0. The Bluejays tacked on another run in the fourth, prompting officials to call the game by run rule after five innings.

Koby Temple led the Bluejays with three runs and three RBIs, and teammate Hutton posted two runs and five RBIs. McCormick and Perez each scored two runs.

Nicholas Reif pitched five innings for Tabor, allowing five hits and striking out two.

Coming?Tabor is scheduled to face off with the University of Sioux Falls at home Friday, before playing a doubleheader with Iowa Wesleyan on Saturday.

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