TC baseball players feted by KCAC

The Tabor College baseball team was recognized by conference coaches with 11 selections to All-KCAC teams as announced by the conference.

All statistics listed reflect numbers tallied during the regular season prior to the conference tournament.

Three Bluejays received first-team recognition: junior shortstop Abdiel Alicea, senior outfielder Jake Jones and sophomore designated hitter Jordan Harris.

Alicea, batted .379 (69-for-182) over 51 games, including 16 doubles, one triple and three home runs. He drove in 28 runs. He ranks eighth nationally in assists (151), 11th in runs scored (63), 16th in runs scored per game (1.24) and 18th in assists per game (2.96).

Jones batted .436 (82-for-188) over 51 games, hitting 16 doubles, one triple and 12 home runs. He drove in 51 runs. He ranks fourth in runs scored (70), fifth in runs scored per game (1.37), seventh in hits, 13th in hits per game (1.61), 18th in total bases (136), 19th in batting average, 26th in total bases per game (2.67), 36th in slugging percentage (.723) and 49th in home runs.

Harris, a unanimous first-team selection, batted .462 (85-for-184) over 49 games, hitting 19 doubles and 13 home runs. He drove in 66 runs. He ranks second nationally in hits per game (1.74), fourth in hits, sixth in batting average, eighth in total bases per game (2.92), ninth in both RBIs per game (1.35) and RBIs, 11th in total bases (143), 14th in slugging percentage (.777), 28th in doubles, 33rd in doubles per game (0.39), 39th in home runs and 42nd in home runs per game (0.27).

Harris also received second-team recognition as a pitcher. He recorded a 3.46 ERA over 52 innings of work, compiling a 6-1 record. He ranks 26th in runs allowed (22) and 29th in walks allowed (12).

Seven Bluejays received honorable mention recognition.

Senior catcher Braxon Byfield batted .345 (49-for-142) over 42 games, hitting nine doubles, one triple and six home runs while driving in 29 runs.

Senior first baseman Colton Flax batted .381 (64-for-168) over 51 games, hitting 22 doubles and nine home runs. He drove in 60 runs. He ranks sixth in doubles, 12th in doubles per game (0.43), 24th in RBIs, 27th in RBIs per game (1.18) and 42nd in putouts (333).

Junior second baseman Kyle James batted .416 (47-for-113) over 47 games, hitting nine doubles and seven home runs. He drove in 37 runs. He ranks 33rd in batting average.

Senior third baseman Joel Frias batted .364 (40-for-110) over 36 games, hitting 11 doubles and five home runs. He drove in 26 runs.

Senior outfielder Haydon Mahe-Liessmann batted .413 (50-for-121) over 42 games, hitting 12 doubles, two triples and three home runs. He drove in 24 runs. He ranks 38th in batting average.

Senior pitcher Jagger Harjo recorded an ERA of 5.24 over 682⁄3 innings of work, compiling an 8-2 record. He ranks 35th in wins.

Junior relief pitcher Skyler Cohn recorded a 3.58 ERA over 372⁄3 innings of work, compiling a 6-1 record. He was credited with one save.

Tabor finished the regular season with an 18-8 KCAC record, second behind Oklahoma Wesleyan, and 38-13 overall.

The No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, 13th-ranked Tabor finished as runners-up with a 3-2 record in the tournament after a championship loss to top-seeded and third-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Tabor was one of 45 teams to advance to NAIA Opening Round sites. The third-seeded Bluejays faced No. 2 Missouri Baptist in the Hutchinson Bracket Monday.

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