Facing its first KCAC competition of the season, the Tabor College baseball team earned a three-game sweep of Saint Mary Saturday and Sunday to improve to 15-4 overall.
After having secured two victories the day before, Tabor ended the series Sunday with a 20-4 victory.
The Bluejays plated four runs in the opening inning. Jordan Harris and Braxon Byfield each hit RBI doubles in the frame.
The Spires launched a solo home run off Bluejay starter Jahaziel Cantu in the bottom half of the inning, then did not score again until the bottom of the fifth.
Tabor, meanwhile, scored two runs off one hit and three errors in the second, then scored seven runs off five hits in the top of the third off reliever Kobe Krehbiel. Haydon Mahe-Liessmann hit a three-run home run to highlight the half-inning.
Jacob Jones hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth, and Tabor scored five more runs in the fifth, which was highlighted by Abdiel Alicea’s three-run home run.
Through five, Tabor led, 19-4. The Bluejays scored once more in the seventh when Jaxson Hooge drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Alicea was 5-for-6 at-bat and had five RBIs.
Cantu earned the pitching win. In five innings, he gave up six hits and four earned runs. He walked three batters and struck out five.
Tabor started the series by winning two games Saturday. The Bluejays won Game 1, 15-10, recording 23 hits in the contest.
Tabor built a 3-0 lead through two innings. AJ Shaw keyed the two-run, two-hit top of the second with an RBI double. The Spires, however, scored four runs off three hits, including a three-run home run, in the third inning to take the lead.
Tabor tied the game in the top of the fourth, but Saint Mary scored a run in the bottom half of the inning and added another in the fifth to lead, 6-4. Each team scored three runs in the sixth inning. Abdiel Alicea highlighted the frame with a solo home run.
Jones was 4-for-5 at-bat. Harris was 4-for-6 and had four RBIs.
Edwin Suarez (1-0) was the winning pitcher. In 21⁄3 innings of relief, he gave up two hits and one earned run. He walked one batter and struck out one.
Tabor followed with a 14-3 win in Game 2.
After three scoreless innings, Tabor got to Spire starter Mike Amado in the fourth inning. Jacob Jones led off with a solo home run, then Jordan Harris reached base with a single. Colton Flax hit a one-out, two-run home run, then Haydon Mahe-Liessmann and Drake Duncan hit back-to-back singles. Joel Frias hit an RBI double to end Amado’s outing. Tabor scored three more runs in the frame after the pitching change, thanks to AJ Shaw’s two-run double and Abdiel Alicea’s RBI single.
Tabor added four runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Duncan’s three-run home run.
Jagger Harjo (3-0) was the winning pitcher. In seven innings, he scattered seven hits and three earned runs. He walked three batters and struck out five.
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Colton Flax keyed the six-run bottom of the first with a three-run double, while Braxon Byfield hit a two-run home run to highlight the four-run second .
Tabor built its lead to 12-0 through three innings. Tabor recorded 22 hits. Jones was 3-for-4 at-bat and had two RBIs. Flax was 3-for-5 and had five RBIs.
Reagan McCloud (1-0) was the winning pitcher. In four innings, he gave up four hits and four runs, all earned. He walked two batters and struck out three.
Coming—Tabor was scheduled to play at Central Christian Tuesday. The Bluejays will resume KCAC play by hosting Oklahoma Wesleyan (2-1, 18-3) Friday and Saturday. The teams will play one nine-inning game Friday at 2 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon.