Top-seeded and fifth-ranked Tabor College used two big innings to claim a 9-4 win over Bellevue University in the championship game of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round (Bellevue Bracket) at Roddy Field Friday afternoon.
Tabor earned a trip to the Avista NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho on May 22-29. Bellevue ends its season at 46-15.
The Bluejays plated four runs in the second and five in the fourth to push past the Bruins, claiming their second-consecutive trip to the NAIA World Series.
A grand slam by Tanner Bell in the top of the second inning gave the Bluejays an early 4-0 advantage.
Head coach Duane Monlux has guided the Bruins to five-straight trips to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in his five seasons as the Bruins’ mentor. The game also marked the end for Bellevue’s five seniors: Tyler Blood, Aaron Brasher, Osvaldo Gonzalez, Sean McManus and Steve Sarcone.