The Tabor College baseball team fell one game short of a series sweep of Dakota Wesleyan Saturday and Sunday. Tabor won both games Saturday and the first Sunday before losing the final game of the series.
Tabor moved to 9-2 on the season.
Dakota Wesleyan—Tabor knocked out 16 hits in a 16-1 victory in Game 1 Saturday.
Through three innings, Tabor led, 1-0, after Jacob Jones scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second.
Tabor began piling on runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Bluejays loaded the bases when Colton Flax, John Izquierdo and Joel Frias hit consecutive singles, and kept the line moving with an RBI single by AJ Shaw, a two-run single by Abdiel Alicea and a two-run double by Haydon Mahe-Liessmann.
Tabor scored six runs off five hits and an error in the bottom of the fifth, once again loading the bases. Jones led off with a double, and Mahe-Liessmann, Jordan Harris and Jones hit RBI singles in the frame.
A four-run bottom of the sixth concluded Tabor’s scoring. Alicea and Harris each hit RBI doubles to key the half-inning.
Dakota Wesleyan scratched a run across in the top of the fifth.
Mahe-Liessmann was 3-for-4 and had three RBIs. Harris was 3-for-5 and had two RBIs. Alicea drove in four runs and was 2-for-4 at-bat.
Jagger Harjo (2-0) was the winning pitcher. He scattered four hits and one earned run over six innings of work. He walked no one and struck out five batters.
The Bluejays earned a 13-2 win in Game 2.
The Tigers scored a run off three hits in the top of the first inning, but Tabor tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Jordan Harris hit an RBI single. Tabor took the lead on Blake Standiford’s RBI double in the bottom of the second.
After Dakota Wesleyan tied the game in the top of the third, Tabor took the lead for good with six runs off six hits and an error in the bottom of the frame. Standiford highlighted the half-inning with a two-run home run.
Tabor scored three in the fourth inning. Harris launched the first pitch he saw over the left field fence, then Haydon Mahe-Liessmann hit a one-out double and Drake Duncan brought him home with an RBI triple. Jaxson Hooge drove in Tabor’s third run with an RBI single.
Five Bluejays hit a double in the game: Abdiel Alicea, Mahe-Liessmann, Hooge, Standiford and James.
Standiford, Hooge and Harris were each 3-for-4 at-bat. Standiford had three RBIs. Hooge and Harris had two each.
Nathan Arruda (2-0) earned the pitching win. In four innings, he gave up three hits and two earned runs. He walked two batters and struck out five.
Tabor started the day Sunday with a 5-1 victory.
The Bluejays got on the board with one run off a hit and an error in the bottom of the first, but the Tigers evened the score with one run off two hits in the third.
Tabor took the lead for good when Colton Flax hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth, and the Bluejays added a third run in the fifth inning when Joel Frias led off with a solo home run.
Frias drove in Tabor’s final two runs with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.
Frias, AJ Shaw and Braxon Byfield were each 2-for-3 at-bat. Frias had three RBIs.
Jordan Harris (2-0) earned the pitching win. Over 52⁄3 innings, he gave up seven hits and one earned run, while walking one batter and striking out three.
Tabor fell one game short of a sweep, losing Game 2 Sunday, 7-5.
Things started well for the Bluejays, who scored three runs off five hits in the bottom of the first inning. In that half-inning, Jacob Jones, Jordan Harris, Colton Flax and Drake Duncan hit doubles in succession. The last three each drove in a run.
However, the Tigers roughed up Bluejay starter Jahaziel Cantu in the top of the fourth, first with a solo home run to lead off the inning, then an RBI double after a Bluejay fielding error and later, a three-run home run to end his outing.
Each team scored one run in each of the fifth and seventh innings.
Flax, John Izquierdo and Haydon Mahe-Liessmann were each 2-for-3 at-bat. Flax had three RBIs.
Cantu (1-1) sustained the pitching loss. In 31⁄3 innings, he gave up five hits and five runs (four earned). He walked no one and struck out four batters.
Coming—Tabor will compete in Oklahoma City this weekend. The outing will feature two seven-inning games Saturday and Sunday, the first game each day versus Texas A&M-Texarkana at noon and the second versus Oklahoma City at 3 p.m.