Jays tie Sterling for top spot

The nationally-ranked Tabor baseball team swept all four games from conference opponent Friends University Thursday and Saturday to tie Sterling College for the top spot in the KCAC conference.

The Bluejays split at Kansas Wesleyan April 18, putting their season record at 40-9.

Friends University?Tabor slammed the Falcons in Game 1 of Thursday?s doubleheader, 15-1 behind two five-run innings.

Clayton Maloy racked up four runs batted in for the Bluejays, with Tanner Stevenson adding three, including a home run.

Jonathan Murray pitched six innings Tabor, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out six.

Tabor won Game 2, 7-1. Maloy had another strong performance for the Bluejays with three RBIs.

David Ormiston pitched seven innings for the win, allowing three hits and one run while striking out seven.

The Bluejays started Satur?day?s twinbill with a 12-2 victory in Game 1.

Jeff Hutton hit two home runs and drove in five runs for Tabors. Tanner Stevenson added a home run and two RBIs, while Maloy also homered.

Brian Kowal pitched five innings for the win, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out six.

Tabor won Game 2, 11-3, to finish the four-game sweep.

Andrew Perez and Koby Temple each had two RBIs for the Bluejays.

Brent McKinnon pitched five innings for the win, allowing four hits, three runs and striking out four. Steve Traumann pitched two innings, allowing one hit, no runs while striking out one.

?I thought we played well,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?I think the two games we played in Wichita were the two best games we played all year.

?We?re going to try and stay in that groove.?

Kansas Wesleyan?The Bluejays shut out the Coyotes, 2-0, in Game 1 of their April 18 doubleheader. Tabor scored one run in the third and fourth innings for the win.

Jeff Hutton and Taylor Douglas each drove in a run.

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

In Game 2 Kansas?Wesleyan shut out Tabor 1-0, scoring the game?s only run in the fourth inning.

The Coyotes had four hits, while Tabor?s Tanner Stevenson managed the Bluejays only hit.

Brent McKinnon pitched six innings for the loss, allowing four hits and one run while striking out five.

Coming?The Bluejays travel to rival Sterling College Friday before hosting Sterling Saturday to finish the regular season.

The two teams will be fighting for the KCAC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for next week?s conference baseball tournament.

?It?s going to be a pretty good series,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?It will be exciting and I hope to see a great crowd out.?

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