Tabor baseball wins two, loses two

The Tabor College baseball team swept Texas A&M-Texarkana Saturday and Sunday but lost two games to Oklahoma City. Tabor played two, seven-inning games each day. Both opponents are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll.

The Bluejays opened competition with a 12-4 win over Texarkana Saturday.

The Eagles built a 4-2 lead through three innings, but Tabor scored twice in the fifth inning to tie the game, then ended Eagle starter Jason Jones’ outing in the sixth inning. The Bluejays scored five runs in the frame to take the lead for good, adding three more in the seventh.

Tabor out-hit the Eagles, 13-5. Both teams made four errors.

Haydon Mahe-Liessmann was 3-for-5 at-bat. Jacob Jones was 1-for-3 and had four RBIs. Jones and Braxon Byfield each hit a home run.

Skyler Cohn (2-0) earned the pitching win. In 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings of relief, he gave up two hits, walked no one and struck out three batters.

Tabor then lost to Oklahoma City, 8-7.

The Bluejays fell behind at the start when the Stars roughed up starter Jagger Harjo for three runs off three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Through five innings, the Stars built their lead to 6-1.

Tabor closed the gap by scoring four runs off three hits and an error in the sixth inning. Three Bluejays hit doubles in the frame: Jacob Jones, Colton Flax and Abdiel Alicea. Flax and Alicea’s hits each drove in a run.

After the Stars scored once in the sith, Tabor tied the game at 7-7 by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning, using two hits and an error.

The Stars, however, scored the winning run in walkoff fashion off two hits and a walk in the bottom half of the inning.

Jones and Flax were each 2-for-3 at-bat. Braxon Byfield and Alicea were 2-for-4. Raulier Martinez had two RBIs.

The Bluejays began Sunday with a 6-2 win over Texarkana.

The Eagles scored once in the opening inning, but Tabor took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning, then added two runs in the fourth. Each team scored once in the fifth.

Jordan Harris was 3-for-3 at-bat. Jones was 3-for-4, including a home run, and had three RBIs.

Alfredo Valentin Perez (1-0) earned the pitching win. In five innings, he gave up six hits and two earned runs. He walked two batters and struck out four.

Tabor concluded the day with a 15-1 loss to Oklahoma City.

The Bluejays scored their only run in the first inning when Abdiel Alicea led off with a single, stole second, then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Braxon Byfield later hit a two-out RBI single.

The Stars took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the third, then scored four runs in the fourth inning, five in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Four Bluejays had one hit: Alicea, Haydon Mahe-Liessmann, Jordan Harris and Byfield.

Harris (2-1) sustained the pitching loss. In 3 2⁄3 innings, he gave up seven hits and six runs (all earned). He walked two batters and struck out two.

Coming—Tabor (11-4) was scheduled to host Central Christian Tuesday. The Bluejays will kick off KCAC play with a three-game series at Saint Mary (0-12) Saturday and Sunday. Tabor will play a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game Saturday, then follow up with a second nine-inning game Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. both days.

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