Tabor baseball sweeps Friends

Tabor starter Dustin Hurlbutt fires a pitch during Game 1 against Friends Friday. He threw 11 strikeouts in Tabor?s 5-1 victory and earned the pitching win, scattering four hits and one run over six innings of work. Janae Rempel / Free Press

The fourth-ranked Tabor College baseball team swept a four-game series with Friends to improve to 11-1 in KCAC play, 32-4 overall.

The Bluejays won two games at home Friday, opening with a 5-1 win in Game 1.

Tabor scored two runs off two hits in the bottom of the first. DeLeon and Molbury both hit RBI singles in the inning.

Friends scored in the top of the third. Tabor polished the win with three runs in the sixth, which included a solo home run by Jerrik Sigg followed by singles from Alex Couch, Manny DeLeon and Matthew Molbury.

DeLeon, who was named KCAC Player of the Week, and Molbury were each 4-for-4 at-bat. Molbury had three RBIs. DeLeon hit a double.

Dustin Hurlbutt (6-0) earned the pitching win. In six innings, he gave up four hits and one run (earned). He walked four batters and struck out 11.

Tabor followed with a 4-1 win in Game 2. After Friends scored a run in the top of the third, Tabor tied it in the bottom half of the inning when Pete Lelich led off with a solo home run.

The Bluejays took the lead in the fourth, thanks to an RBI double by Flax.

Tabor added its final two runs in the sixth on solo home runs by DeLeon and McClure.

Flax was 2-for-3 including a double. Gadiel Baez and Alex Couch also doubled.

Jean Acevedo (5-0) went the distance to earn the win, giving up eight hits and one unearned run. He walked no one and threw eight strikeouts.

The series continued at Friends Saturday, with Tabor earning a 7-2 win in Game 1.

Tabor scored one in the top of the first, but Friends tied it with a run in the second. The Bluejays took the lead for good in the top of the third, thanks to a two-run home run by Jerrik Sigg.

Alex Couch prepares to make the catch and get the out at first during Game 1 against Friends Friday. Tabor won 5-1 and went on to sweep the four-game series. Janae Rempel / Free Press

Friends scored again in the bottom of the third, but Tabor picked up a run in the fifth and added two in the sixth on a two-RBI triple by Tanner Bell, before solidifying the win with one more run in the seventh.

Michael Baca was 3-for-3 at-bat, including a double. David Renteria earned the pitching win. In 31?3 innings, he gave up five hits and two runs (both earned). He walked two batters and struck out three.

Tabor completed the sweep with a 3-1 victory in Game 2.

After four scoreless innings, Tabor scored one run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The sixth inning included doubles by Brent McClure and Colton Flax.

Friends avoided the shutout with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.

McClure was 3-for-4 at-bat, including a double, and had one RBI. DeLeon, Flax and Sigg also hit doubles.

Russell Longworth went the distance for the pitching win, scattering five hits and one run (earned) over seven innings. He walked one batter and struck out six.

Oklahoma Baptist?The fourth-ranked Bluejays lost a 5-4 battle to the No. 1 Bison in a nine-inning game at Wichita State Tuesday.

Oklahoma Baptist scored four runs in the first inning off of starter Dylan Algra. The Bison led off with a triple and also benefitted from an RBI single, an RBI double and three walks in the inning.

The Bison scored their final run in the top of the third inning off of two hits and an error.

Tabor got on the board in the bottom of the third and picked up a second run in the bottom of the sixth. After Gadiel Baez led off with a double, Alex Couch later brought him home with a single.

The Bluejays continued to battle, adding two runs in the bottom of the eighth. In that inning, Jerrik Sigg hit a double, followed by singles by Couch and Manny DeLeon.

Trailing by one in the final inning, Tabor suffered a three-up, three-down half-inning to end the game.

Sigg and Couch each went 2-for-4 at-bat. Algra absorbed the loss. Over 22?3 innings, he gave up six hits and five runs (all earned). He walked three batters and threw no strikeouts.

Coming?Tabor was scheduled to play a nine-inning game at Central Christian Tuesday.

Conference play will resume with a four-game series with No. 21 Sterling (6-6, 25-10). Tabor will host Sterling at home Thursday and travel to Sterling Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. both days.

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