Bluejays soar over Cougars, drop two to Iowa Wesleyan

The Tabor College baseball team played two doubleheaders this week, sweeping the Univer?sity of Sioux Falls Friday before dropping both games to Iowa Wesleyan College Saturday to give the Bluejays a 15-4 record.

Iowa Wesleyan?The Bluejays lost their games, 4-2 and 7-6.

In Game 1, Tabor scored in the second and third innings, but Iowa Wesleyan put up two runs at the top of the third and fourth to tie the game.

Eight scoreless innings followed, with Iowa Wesleyan finally scoring twice in the top of the 13th to win the game.

Kori Melo and Koby Temple each scored a run for the Bluejays, and Jeff Hutton and Tanner Stevenson each had a run-batted-in.

Jonathan Murray pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, and striking out four. Tyler Fenton pitched six innings, allowing three hits and two runs, and striking out eight.

In Game 2, Iowa Wesleyan led 2-0 in the top of the third, but Tabor scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Both teams scored three runs in the fifth inning, and Iowa Wesleyan managed two more in the top of the seventh to claim the win.

Melo scored two runs, with Josh Hoefler, Colby Tessendorf, Taylor Douglas and Perez each contributing one. Hutton led with three RBIs, and Perez, Douglas and Temple each added one.

David Ormiston pitched four-plus innings, allowing six hits, five runs and striking out four. Nicholas Reif pitched two-plus, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out two. Nate Percy pitched a third of an inning, allowing no hits and no runs with no strikeouts.

?Saturday was such a disappointment,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?We had opportunities to win the ball game from the sixth inning on and just didn?t get the hit. We had the bases loaded two or three times and just couldn?t get the run.?

Sioux Falls?The Bluejays won the first game with Sioux Falls, 10-9, then came back to win Game 2, 5-4.

Seven runs in the first inning propelled the Bluejays in Game 1. Sioux Falls scored two runs in the first inning, tacking on another in the third inning.

Tabor scored three runs in the fourth, powered by home runs from Andrew Perez and Adam McCormick, to build a 10-3 lead.

Despite a late rally by Sioux Falls, who scored six runs in the last three innings, Tabor held on for the win.

Perez and McCormick both contributed two runs, with McCormick adding three runs-batted-in and Perez getting one. Six other Tabor players scored a run each. Nathan Rausch led the Bluejays in RBIs with four.

Brian Kowal pitched five innings for Tabor for the win, allowing five runs and seven hits while striking out three.

Tyler Fenton and Darius Iacono each pitched one inning. Fenton allowed two hits and no runs while striking out one. Iacono allowed three hits and four runs with one strikeout.

In Game 2, Sioux Falls tied the Bluejays, 2-2, in the top of the third and pulled ahead by two in the top of the sixth. But Tabor rallied late, scoring three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to squeak by for the win.

Koby Temple scored two runs, had two hits and one RBI to lead Tabor. Perez had two RBIs and one run, while Kori Melo and Tanner Stevenson each scored one run.

Brent McKinnon pitched just 51?3 innings, allowing four hits, four runs and striking out two. Fenton pitched 22?3 innings, allowing no hits and no runs while striking out four.

?We did come up with the big hit,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?We came up with the win from a walk-off home run Friday.?

Coming?The Bluejays were scheduled to travel to Manhattan March 15, to take on Manhattan Christian College in a doubleheader.

Friday, they return to play a conference doubleheader versus Bethany College at home, before playing a doubleheader against Bethany College at Lindsborg Saturday.

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