Tabor, OKWU to square off as KCAC’s top two teams

Tabor College will host the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles for a Friday-Saturday three-game series, pitting the top two teams in the KCAC against each other.

A single, nine-inning game will be played at 2 p.m. Friday, followed by a 9/7 double-header on Saturday, with the first pitch at noon.

OKWU is ranked No. 5 nationally, while the Blue­jays are receiving votes in the latest poll. Tabor has won five of the past six conference championships. The Eagles broke the string last season as they finished two games ahead of the second-place Jays.

OKWU’s Nick McGrew leads the KCAC in hitting with a .478 average, ranking him No. 11 in the NAIA. Tyson Cronin leads the conference in earned-run average, allowing 1.19 runs per game, while sitting at 4-0 on the season.

For the Bluejays, Abdiel Alicea Diaz paces the attack with a .415 average, 17 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He has a .659 slugging percentage and ranks No. 25 nationally in hits per game (1.619).

Brandon Whetnight, Nathan Arruda and Mitchell McIntyre lead Tabor pitching, combining for a 10-4 record with ERAs of 1.82, 2.81 and 3.21, respectively. Whetnight leads the staff with 40 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

As a team, Tabor is hitting .284 and the pitching staff has compiled a 3.74 ERA. OKWU comes into the weekend hitting .335 as a team with a 2.54 team ERA.