The Tabor College baseball team never trailed in its opening NAIA tournament game against Viterbo University Monday, but the game was not decided until the final inning.
The Bluejays, entering the first round as the No. 1 seed of the Hutchinson bracket, struck quickly in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Kevin Seeger. Seeger would end batting in all three of the Bluejays’ runs.
An RBI single in the third put Tabor up 2-0, and the score would remain so until the last few innings. Senior pitcher Junior Mustain pitched seven innings before giving up the first run for the V-Hawks. Mustain also only gave up three hits and struck out three before giving way to Alex Mann in relief.
Seeger drove in another run in the eighth inning for a 3-1 lead. Mann allowed one run in the top of the ninth, but Viterbo could not tie the game in the inning, losing 3-2.
Tabor defeated the third-seed University of Jamestown Tuesday 4-0 to advance to the first round final.