The Tabor College baseball team, currently tied for fourth in the NAIA, opened conference play with a four-game series sweep of Ottawa Saturday and Sunday.
A 6-0 week improved the Bluejays? record to 23-2 for the season.
Playing at Ottawa Satur?day, Tabor won Game 1, 4-2, scoring one run in each of the second through fifth innings. Ottawa scored one in the fifth and sixth.
Tabor tallied 11 hits. In all, five Bluejays had two hits each. Gadiel Baez, Manny DeLeon, Armando Castillo and Pete Lelich each had an RBI.
Dustin Hurlbutt (4-0) earned the pitching win, giving up four hits and two runs (earned) in 52?3 innings of work. He walked five batters and struck out five. Gregory Turner (1-1) was credited with the save.
The Bluejays won Game 2, 5-0. Jerrik Sigg hit an RBI triple to highlight a two-run fourth inning. Ryan Neufeld hit a double.
Jean Acevedo went the distance to pick up the win, giving up five hits. He walked two batters and struck out six.
Playing at home Sunday, Tabor picked up a 5-4 win in an errorless Game 1.
Ottawa built a 4-3 lead through six innings, but Tabor reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to a walk-off RBI double by Sigg.
Colton Flax and Braden Brown were each 2-for-2. Lelich led with two RBIs and hit a double. Baca also doubled.
Thomas Longworth (3-0) was the winning pitcher. In 12?3 innings, he gave up no hits and no runs. He walked no one and struck out one batter.
Tabor completed the sweep with a 12-2 win in Game 2. The Bluejays took control early, outscoring Ottawa 7-1 in the first inning, which was highlighted by a three-run home run by Lelich. Baez also hit a home run in the inning. DeLeon and Molbury each hit RBI doubles, and Sigg also doubled.
Tabor added two runs in the third and three in the fourth. Ottawa scored once in the top of the sixth.
Baez was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including a home run and two doubles. DeLeon, Lelich, Molbury and Sigg also hit doubles for Tabor.
Russell Longworth (5-0) was the winning pitcher. In six innings, he gave up seven hits and two runs (both earned). He walked one batter and threw 12 strikeouts.
Waldorf?Tabor swept a doubleheader Tuesday. The Bluejays won Game 1, 16-2.
Tabor took command with seven runs in the first inning and tallied 12 runs before Waldorf scored in the top of the sixth inning. The Bluejays solidified the win with four runs in the sixth before Waldorf added its final run in the seventh.
Three Bluejays hit home runs: Gadiel Baez, Manny DeLeon, and Jerrik Sigg. Baca and DeLeon were 3-for-3 at bat. Sigg had four RBIs.
Dylan Algra earned the pitching win. He scattered two hits and no runs over five innings of work, walking three batters and striking out six.
Tabor won Game 2, 12-2, using 15 hits and an error. The Bluejays scored all 12 runs before Waldorf drove home two in the seventh.
Offensively, Tabor was led by Brent McClure who went 3-for-3 at-bat, including a home run and a double, and had five RBIs. Three other Bluejays hit home runs: Jean Acevedo, Armando Castillo and Sigg.
DeLeon earned the pitching win, scattering two hits over four innings. He gave up no runs while walking four and striking out seven.
Coming?Tabor was scheduled to play at Saint Gregory?s Tuesday and will play a four-game series with Kansas Wesleyan (3-1, 11-12) later in the week. Tabor will travel to Salina Thursday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. and will host the Coyotes Saturday at 1 p.m.