The Tabor College softball team opened the season with two wins and three losses at the Cowtown Classic in Texas Friday and Saturday.
Friday began with a 9-5 victory over No. 18 University of Houston-Victoria. The Bluejays used 13 hits and two errors in the win, taking the lead from the start with a five-run first inning. After Houston-Victoria tied the game by the sixth inning, Tabor scored four runs in the top of the seventh.
The Bluejays then lost, 6-2, to No. 5 Oklahoma City and finished the day with an 8-0 loss to Our Lady of the Lake, a team receiving votes in the NAIA?preseason Top 25 poll.
Saturday, Tabor began with an 8-1 loss to No. 11 Belhaven. The Bluejays had seven hits in the game and scored their only run in the top of the sixth inning.
Tabor completed the outing with an 8-5 victory over Texas Wesleyan. The Rams scored two runs in the first inning, but Tabor tied the game with a pair of runs in the third. The Rams led, 4-3 after four innings, but Tabor used a four-run fifth inning to take the lead for good. Each team added a run in the sixth inning. Kellyn Holt and Sara Vela went 2-for-4 at-bat. Holt hit a triple. Vela hit a double and had two RBIs. Madison Tracy also doubled.
Marilee Burge was the winning pitcher. Over seven innings, she gave up eight hits and five runs (four earned). She walked four batters and struck out two.
Coming?Tabor (2-3)?will compete at the Oklahoma Baptist tournament Friday and Saturday.