Hutchinson, Kan. – The Tabor College baseball team advanced to their first ever trip to the AVISTA NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, Idaho after defeating 5th seeded Viterbo University by the score of 5-1 in the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round Tournament Hutchinson Bracket.
It took just three games for the No. 1 seed and 10th ranked Bluejays to earn the opening round tournament title and the school's first ever trip to the World Series.
Starting pitcher senior Alex Mann was spectacular in his first start of the tournament. The big right-hander needed just 92 pitches to finish off a complete game performance. Mann allowed just one unearned run on five hits, while striking out six.
Senior Kevin Seeger got the Bluejays on the board in the first with an RBI double down the left field line that scored fellow senior Kirk Rocha giving Tabor a quick 1-0 lead.
Viterbo would tie the score in the top of the fourth as a costly error allowed the senior Matt Watkins to score from third with two outs in the inning.
Senior Grant Silva gave the Bluejays back the lead in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single to the gap in left center field scoring junior Pete Lelich from second base.
The scoring for Tabor continued in the fifth as junior Armando Castillo scored on a passed ball and a throwing error by the catcher. Silva drove in the Bluejays fourth run of the game on a single to right that scored senior Shaun Reid from third.
Rocha drove in the game's final run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single to right field that scored Silva from third.
Silva led Tabor at the plate going 3-5 with two runs batted and a run scored, while Rocha went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Leading the way for Viterbo was senior Luigi Dolenti who went 2-3 at the plate.
Senior Ben O'Reilly got the start and went five and a third innings allowing four earned, runs on nine hits, while, striking out two.
Tabor outhit Viterbo 11-5 for the game with the V-Hawks committing three errors to the Bluejays one.
Viterbo the MCC Conference tournament champs finishes their season with a record of 34-20. Tabor currently holds a 49-11 record overall as they prepare for the AVISTA NAIA College World Series May 23-30 at Harris Field on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston Idaho.