Blue Jays go 2-1 on opening weekend

Courtesy of Westminster Athletics. (Contributed Photo)
Courtesy of Westminster Athletics. (Contributed Photo)

CONWAY, Ark. -- The Westminster College baseball team opened its season down in Conway, Arkansas, with two games against Hendrix College and two games against Belhaven University.

The Blue Jays swept the Blazers after a 3-2 win on Friday night and a 5-2 win on Saturday. Westminster fell 9-6 to Hendrix on Saturday.

Game 1

The Blue Jays started their season with the reigning St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, Derek Archer, on the mound. He went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and struck out four batters.

The Blazers struck first in the top of the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead.

The Blue Jays plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth after Ryan Howard reached on a throwing error by the Belhaven shortstop and brought home Payton Whitehead and Jason Pesold on the play.

The Blazers tied the game 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning.

Keli'l Price hit a go-ahead home run for the Blue Jays to put them on top 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Kobe Allen came in the final two innings to shut down the Blazers for his first save of the season as the Blue Jays won 3-2.

Game 2

Westminster took on the host Hendrix College in a shootout on Saturday morning.

The Warriors put up five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go up 6-1.

The Blue Jays tried to come back, with Whitehead hitting a home run in the top of the sixth.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the seventh and eighth to make it 8-4. They plated two more runs in the top of the ninth but came up short and lost the game 9-6.

Game 3

The Blue Jays didn't have much time to regroup as they had to get ready for the second game of the doubleheader as they took on Belhaven once again.

Bode Gebbink got the start on the mound for the Jays. He went 4⅔ innings, giving up two runs on three hits and struck out three batters.

The Blue Jays scored three runs in the top of the third after Whitehead hit a double to left field to score Troy Romero and Pesold. Price singled to center field to score Whitehead to make 3-0.

Westminster scored two more runs in the top of the fourth after Matt Lukins singled to score Aden Pecka, and Pesold laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Romero later in the inning to put the Blue Jays up 4-0.

The Blazers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 5-2.

The rain then hit, and after a lengthy rain delay, the game was called off, with the Blue Jays winning 5-2.

The Blue Jays return to Fulton for a three-game series next weekend against Nebraska Wesleyan. The first pitch of the game next Saturday is set for noon.