Bluejays soar for eight straight wins

The Tabor baseball team shook off its slight slump last week, cruising to eight straight wins to bring its season record to 24-5.

The Bluejays swept a doubleheader at conference opponent McPherson College Saturday, after winning a doubleheader with McPherson at home Thursday.

Tabor swept a doubleheader with St. Gregory?s University on the road Tuesday, after sweeping a doubleheader at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Monday, March 21.

?We swung the bats pretty well in the first six games and struggled the last two,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?Some of that could be due to the weather. Our pitching was solid all week for the most part.?

McPherson?The Bluejays won Game 1 at McPherson Saturday, 9-6, exploding for nine runs in the seventh inning after six scoreless innings.

Adam McCormick led the Bluejays with two runs batted in, with five other Bluejays contributing an RBI each.

Tabor pitcher Tyler Fenton got the win, pitching 42?3 innings, allowing four hits and four runs while striking out four.

Tabor scored in the third, fourth and seventh innings to win Game 2, 7-2.

Matt Weger led with two RBIs. Four other Bluejays contributed one each.

Brent McKinnon earned the win for Tabor, pitching seven innings and allowing six hits, two runs while striking out three.

Tabor defeated McPherson 7-1 in Game 1 of Thursday?s doubleheader at home. The Bluejays scored four runs in the third, and tacked on three more in the fourth and fifth innings.

Jeff Hutton and McCormick each hit a home run. Hutton drove in three runs and Andrew Perez two.

Jonathon Murray picked up the win for the Bluejays, allowing four hits, one run and striking out seven in five innings,

Darius Iacono pitched the final two innings.

St. Gregory?s?Tabor shut out St. Gregory, 13-0, in Game 1 of the doubleheader, scoring in every inning but two.

Four Bluejays had home runs, Jeff Hutton, Kori Melo, Andrew Perez and Nathan Rausch. Hutton drove in five runs while Tanner Stevenson drove in three.

Fenton picked up the victory, allowing four hits, four runs and striking out four in four innings. Brian Kowal pitched three innings.

The Bluejays took Game 2, 7-4. They scored four runs in the first inning and were never challenged.

Rausch hit two home runs with Hutton and McCormick each blasting one. McCormick drove in three runs and Hutton and Rausch each had two.

McKinnon claimed the win, pitching four innings and allowing four hits, one run and striking out two. Murray and David Ormiston pitched two and one inning, respectively.

Hillsdale?Tabor defeated Hillsdale, 12-2, in Game 1. Tabor scored two runs in the first inning, then scored again in the third, fourth and fifth innings while holding Hillsdale scoreless.

Hutton and Josh Hoefler each had three RBIs for the Bluejays, with Hutton, Hoefler and Koby Temple hitting home runs.

Alex Cole got the win for Tabor, pitching 42?3 innings and allowing five hits, two runs and striking out three. Dawson Newman got the final out in the five-inning game.

In Game 2, Tabor won 9-1, boosted by a four-run third inning. Temple posted four RBIs, and Hutton had two.

Nate Percy got the win for Tabor. He pitched five innings, allowing four hits, one run and striking out three. Zach Schibi and Dawson Newman each pitched one inning.

Coming?Tabor was scheduled to face off with conference opponent Bethany College on the road Monday, March 28, in a doubleheader.

The Bluejays will then play the University of Saint Mary in a home doubleheader Friday before playing them in a doubleheader on the road Saturday.

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