Tabor softball drops 5 straight

After opening the season 5-1, the Tabor College softball team dropped five games last week to fall to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Tabor started the week Tuesday losing both games of a doubleheader to Ottawa by a 5-3 score.

On a four-game winning streak heading into the KCAC opener, Tabor took the Braves to an extra inning in the first contest. With the game tied at 3-3, Ottawa scored two runs in the top of the eighth. Tabor was unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning.

Recently named the KCAC pitcher of the week, Tabor freshman pitcher Roxanne Rodriguez pitched a combined 15 innings Tuesday. In the first game, Rodriguez struck out eight and gave up four earned runs on 10 hits. In the second game, Rodri?guez gave up four earned runs on eight hits, striking out three.

Meanwhile, the Bluejays gave up two runs in the top of the fifth to give Ottawa a 5-2 advantage. Tabor scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to close out the scoring.

Aubrey Whitehorn came into Tuesday?s doubleheader among the NAIA leaders in hitting, but finished the day 0-for-7.

Tabor traveled to McPherson Wednesday for a doubleheader with Central Christian College. The Bluejays lost, 4-0 and 7-3.

In the first game, Central Christian scored all of its runs in the first two innings with three in the first and two in the second. Tabor managed only three hits in the contest.

Starting the second game with three runs in the first inning again, the Tigers scored two more in the fourth and a run in the third and sixth innings. Tabor scored three times in the top of the fifth.

Able to get in one game of the Sterling Tournament before snow canceled the rest of the two-day, five-game schedule, Tabor fell to Haskell, 3-2.

Haskell put together a three-run bottom of the third, which proved to be the difference.

Tabor is on the road this week. The Bluejays played Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College in Moore, Okla., in a doubleheader Monday.

The Bluejays traveled Tuesday to Cedar Hills, Texas, to play Northwood University, then to Irving, Texas, Wednes?day to play the University of Dallas. Tabor is scheduled to finish the week Friday at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

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