Top-seeded Tabor College picked up an 11-5 win over Bellevue University Thursday night in the rain-delayed NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round (Bellevue Bracket) at Roddy Field. The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday in the second championship game. The winner will earn a ticket to Lewiston, Idaho to the Avista NAIA College World Series on May 22-29.
Tabor opened the game with seven-straight singles off Bruin starter Sean McManus for a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Four different Bluejays drove in runs in the opening frame.
Kevin Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the seventh to pull the Bruins to within 6-3. In the eighth, down 7-5 three, Todd Nicks hit a two-run homer to close to 7-5, but the Bluejays pulled away in the top of the ninth, scoring four runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Matthew Molbury to extend the lead back to six runs at 11-5.