There was a time when McPherson College’s baseball team was almost embarrassed to be on the same field as nationally ranked powerhouse Tabor College.
But in a short time, fortunes have changed for the Bulldogs. On Sunday in the first game of a three-game series at Light Capital Diamond, the Bulldogs stunned No. 12-ranked Tabor 6-5 before the Bluejays came back to earn the split with a 12-1 rout.
The teams wrap up their series today with a 5:30 single game.
“Today's win helped us put the heat on our closest pursuers in the league standings," Mac coach Bryan Moses said. "The fact it was a rival — and a ranked rival — means a lot, though. With just four KCAC games left, any victory we can get helps our playoff positioning. We've come a long way, but we know we're not done yet. "
Mac is now 11-12 in the KCAC and 23-25 overall. A year ago Mac was 7-19 in the KCAC and 20-25 overall.
• Mac 6, Tabor 5 — The Bulldogs sprinted to a 6-0 lead, but the Bluejays chipped away to make Bulldog Nation a little nervous at the end.
The Bulldogs used the long ball to win this one, with Lane Fleming, Dylan Fontenot and Evan Willow going yard. Soren Yarnall was the winner, allowing two runs over five innings. Blake Carter pitched an inning before normal starter Matthew Green was called on for the save, pitching three scoreless innings.
Trevor Haycock added two hits for Mac, which actually was out-hit 11-9 by the Bluejays.
• Tabor 12, Mac 1 — The Bluejays were down 1-0 going into the third inning, but scored five runs in the third and three in the fourth to break the game open.
Mac was held to six hits, two by Willow. Fontenot drove in the only run.