The Tabor College baseball team is nationally ranked for the first time at 24th by the NAIA.
?It is always nice to be recognized nationally,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?This is the first time that Tabor baseball has been ranked, and it does help put us on the national map.?
The Bluejays worked to live up to the ranking this week, going 5-1 overall to bring their season record to 29-6.
The Jays went 3-1 against St. Mary?s University last Friday and Saturday after sweeping Bethany college on the road March 28.
?We played decent last week, but not great,? Standiford said. ?We pitched well, but struggled a little hitting with runners in scoring position.?
Saint Mary?Tabor win the four-game series against the Spires, sweeping St. Mary Friday before losing Game 1 Saturday and finishing the series with a victory.
Powered by five runs in the fourth inning, the Bluejays took the first game, 7-1.
Andrew Perez and Bret Lentz led Tabor with two runs-batted-in each. Jeff Hutton, Lentz, Perez and Matt Weger each hit a home run for the Bluejays.
Brian Kowal pitched seven innings for the win for Tabor, allowing five hits, one run, and striking out five.
The Bluejays scored four runs in the second inning and racked up six in the sixth inning to give them a strong 12-2 victory in Game 2.
Hutton led Tabor with four RBIs, with Josh Hoefler contributing two. Hutton and Koby Temple each scored a home run for the Bluejays.
Brent McKinnon pitched five innings for the win for Tabor, allowing two hits, one run and striking out three. Steve Traumann pitched one inning for the Bluejays.
In Game 3, both teams were tied, 3-3, at the bottom of the sixth, but St. Mary managed one run in the bottom of the seventh to edge out Tabor for the win.
Clayton Maloy led the Bluejays with two RBIs and Jeff Hutton contributed one. Hutton also homered for the Bluejays.
Jonathan Murray pitched 41?3 innings for Tabor, allowing seven hits, three runs, and striking out two.
Tyler Fenton pitched 21?3 innings for the loss, allowing two hits, one run, and striking out none.
Tabor won the last game the slow and steady way, scoring two runs in the third inning, two in the fourth, and three in the sixth for the 7-4 victory.
Perez, Temple, and Adam McCormick each had two RBIs for the Bluejays.
David Ormiston pitched four innings, allowing five hits and four runs, and striking out four. Fenton pitched three innings for the win, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out two.
Bethany?Tabor won Game 1 against the Sweedes by one run, 2-1, in the ninth inning.
Kori Melo and Perez each had one RBI for the Bluejays.
Murray pitched seven innings for Tabor, allowing seven hits and one run, while striking out seven.
Fenton pitched two innings for the win, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out two.
Tabor claimed a 9-0 shut-out victory in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Stats were unavailable for this game.
Coming?The Bluejays are scheduled to take on Ottawa University on the road Thursday, before playing them at home on Saturday to complete the four-game series.
They are scheduled to play a double-header with Central Christian College at home Tuesday, April 12.
?We still need to continue to prove ourselves,? Standiford said. ?We have a tough series this week with Ottawa.?