Jays finish regular season strong

Shaun Reid rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 Saturday on senior day against McPherson. Over the course of the series sweep, Tabor hit 11 home runs. The Bluejays won the conference regular season title and are the No. 1 seed in the KCAC?tournament. The 13th-ranked Tabor College baseball team won the regular season KCAC title with a sweep of McPherson to conclude the regular season with a conference record of 24-4.

The series began in McPher?son Friday.

Game 1 was all but decided in the first inning when Tabor cashed in 10 hits and two errors for 11 runs en route to a 23-5 victory.

Tabor strung together six singles to start the first inning. Over the course of the inning, the Bluejays recorded nine singles and a two-run home run by Kirk Rocha. Seventeen batters made plate appearances.

Tabor scored three runs in the second on a three-run home run by Troy Torres. The Bluejays added another in the third when Jean Acevedo homered.

Meanwhile, McPherson got its first hit in the bottom of the third inning with Tabor leading, 15-0.

The Bluejays added three runs in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Rocha and a two-run blast by Kevin Seeger, then tacked on four more runs in the fifth before McPherson got on the board with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Seeger, who was named KCAC Player of the Week, hit a home run in the top of the seventh for Tabor?s last run. McPherson ended the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Tabor recorded 24 hits in the game, including six home runs and two doubles. McPherson managed six hits.

Kevin Seeger was 4-for-6, including two home runs and a double, and had six RBIs; Acevedo was 3-for-3, including a home run, with one RBI; Torres was 3-for-5, including a home run and a double, and had five RBIs; Rocha was 3-for-5, including two home runs, with four RBIs; and Grant Silva was 3-for-5 with one RBI.

Jacob Webb (10-2) was the winning pitcher. Over four innings, he gave up two hits and no runs. He walked three batters and struck out five.

Tabor followed with an 8-5 victory in Game 2.

Locked at 1-1 after the first inning, Tabor took the lead when CJ DeDeaux hit a two-run home run in the second. The Bluejays built the lead to 8-1 with five runs in the fifth inning before McPherson scored four on a grand slam in the seventh inning.

Silva was 2-for-2. Torres led with three RBIs.

Acevedo (7-2) was the winning pitcher. Over seven innings, he gave up 10 hits and five runs (all earned). He walked no one and struck out six.

The series continued in Hillsboro Saturday on senior day. Tabor accrued 19 hits in Game 1 en route to a 17-3 victory.

The Bluejays scored six runs in the first inning on five hits, including a two-run home run by Shaun Reid?his first collegiate home run?and doubles by Seeger and Acevedo.

With three more runs in the second inning, including a two-run home run by Rocha, Tabor led 9-0 before McPherson scored a run in the third.

Tabor added two runs in the fourth, and McPherson managed two in the fifth, before Tabor sealed the win with six runs in the sixth.

Silva was 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Rocha hit a home run, a triple and a double and was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Ace?vedo, Seeger (two), and Silva also doubled.

Junior Mustain (9-2) was the winning pitcher. Over five innings, he gave up eight hits and three runs (all earned). He walked two batters and struck out seven.

Tabor completed the sweep with a 13-7 victory in Game 2.

With McPherson leading 4-2 after two innings, Tabor used a six-run third inning highlighted by a grand slam by Armando Castillo to claim the lead for good.

From there, McPherson managed one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Tabor, meanwhile, scored four in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Silva was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Castillo led the team with four RBIs.

Russell Longworth (8-2) was the winning pitcher. He gave up 10 hits and six runs (all earned) in five innings of work, while walking one batter and striking out three.

Coming?As regular season conference champions, Tabor (43-10) has secured the No. 1 seed in the KCAC tournament and will play the winner of No. 4 Bethany (13-15, 21-29) and No. 5 Saint Mary (12-16, 25-23) Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Great Bend Sports Complex.

The winner will face either No. 2 Sterling (18-10, 39-16)?or No. 3 Friends (15-13, 33-21) Friday at 11 a.m.

The championship game of double-elimination format will be played Saturday.

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