TC baseball improves to 7-0

The fourth-ranked Tabor College baseball team swept Dakota Wesleyan in its first home series of the season to improve to 7-0.

In its final game of the weekend Sunday, Tabor won, 6-1.

The Bluejays gave up just one hit in the game, a fourth inning double. The Tigers scored in that inning on a bases-loaded walk.

Tabor, meanwhile, plated two runs in the first inning and added a third run in the third.

The Bluejays scored their final three runs in the fourth inning off one hit?a two-run single by Alex Couch?and three errors.

Cedric Rodriguez (2-0) earned the pitching win. He gave up one hit and one run (earned) in four innings of work. He walked four batters and struck out four. Colton Moore pitched three scoreless innings in relief, striking out six batters.

Three Bluejays recorded a hit: Couch, Manny DeLeon and Ryan Neufeld.

In its first game Sunday, Tabor earned a narrow, 8-7 victory.

The Bluejays plated all of their run support in the second and third innings, scoring four runs in each.

Manny DeLeon led off the second inning with a single, the first of four consecutive singles. Tabor tallied six hits in the half inning and benefitted from one Dakota Wesleyan error.

The Tigers scored three in the third inning before Tabor added four more in the bottom half of the inning.

Dalton Iveans highlighted the half inning with a home run over the right field fence. By the end of the third inning, Tabor led, 8-3.

The Tigers added one run in the fifth, then roughed up Bluejay starter Thomas Longworth with three runs off two hits in the sixth, including a double and a solo home run.

Dakota Wesleyan?s Austin Calhoon launched a leadoff double off reliever Manuel Reyes, ending his outing.

Joel Frias replaced him and promptly gained three outs to end the game and earn the save.

Longworth earned the win, giving up eight hits and four earned runs in six innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out two.

DeLeon was 3-for-4 at-bat. Ryan Neufeld was 3-for-3.

Tabor opened the series Saturday, recording 19 hits to earn a 17-8 win.

After two scoreless innings, Tabor scored two in the third inning. Dakota Wesleyan took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth.

The Bluejays began to pick up speed with five runs off six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. Manny DeLeon keyed the inning with a three-run home run.

Tabor plated four more runs in the sixth. Alex Couch and Raulier Martinez each hit RBI doubles in the frame.

Dakota Wesleyan scored two in the seventh inning, then Tabor added six runs off five hits and two errors in the bottom of the inning. Couch hit a two-run home run to key the frame. By the end of the inning, Tabor led, 17-6.

The Tigers scored twice in the ninth inning.

Greg Turner earned the pitching win. He gave up eight hits and one earned run in five innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out five.

DeLeon was 3-for-5 at-bat and had five RBIs. Couch was 3-for-5 and had three RBIs.

Coming?Tabor will host 12th-ranked Bellevue this weekend. Game 1 of a doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. The teams will play one, nine-inning game Sunday at 1 p.m.

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