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Baseball Opens MIAA Campaign With 9-3 Victory Over Kalamazoo

Friday, March 14, 2014

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By John Leerar

CALEDONIA - The Calvin College baseball team opened up Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) play Friday night with a game against the Kalamazoo Hornets at Davenport’s Farmers Athletic Complex. The Knights were victorious by a score of 9-3. With Davenport playing a doubleheader in the afternoon, the Knights’ game didn’t start until just after 8:00. Due to the time constraints of the complex, the second half of the originally scheduled doubleheader has been postponed. A makeup date has not yet been finalized. Senior Peter Cupery started and earned the win for the Knights, giving up three earned runs in 4.1 innings of work. Cupery also went 2-3 with 2 RBI at the plate.

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Baseball Series With Kalamazoo Will Begin Friday Night at Davenport University

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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A four-game conference series between Calvin and Kalamazoo has been altered because of weather conditions in West Michigan. The series is now scheduled to begin with a doubleheader at Davenport’s Farmer’s Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. on Friday. A subsequent doubleheader was also set for Saturday at Davenport but has now been postponed as the field is not available that day. A makeup date has still not been officially set.

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Calvin Baseball Drops Second Game to Defiance in Kentucky

Sunday, March 02, 2014

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DANVILLE, KY – The Calvin baseball team dipped to 1-2 on the year with a 12-7 loss to Defiance College on Saturday afternoon. The loss was Calvin’s second in as many days to the Yellow Jackets. Defiance banged out 12 hits off of three Calvin pitchers, grabbing a 5-3 lead in the second inning and then exploding for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control. Calvin added three runs in the fifth and a single run in the top of the eighth but could get no closer. Calvin came up with eight hits off the Defiance pitching staff with sophomore Travis Kraai (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and senior Matt Schepel (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) collecting two hits apiece. Schepel drove in a pair of runs while sophomore Michael Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had a hit and drove in three runs. Senior Grant VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin, allowing five hits and six earned runs in three innings of work. Calvin is scheduled to return to action on March 13 when it travels to Kalamazoo College for an MIAA doubleheader.

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Baseball Opens Season With Loss to Defiance and Win Over Centre

Friday, February 28, 2014

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DANVILLE, KY - The Calvin baseball team escaped the frozen wonder winterland of West Michigan and officially opened its 2014 season in the less frigid climate of Kentucky Friday afternoon and evening. Calvin opened the day with a 7-3 loss to Defiance College of Ohio but came back to defeat the host Colonels of Centre 6-1 in an evening matchup. Calvin is back in action on Saturday, taking on Defiance College at noon at Centre’s baseball complex.

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Calvin Baseball Team Set to Kick Off 2014 Season With Weekend Trip to Kentucky

Friday, February 28, 2014

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The Calvin baseball team is set to kick off its season tomorrow afternoon in Kentucky when it faces Defiance College at 3 p.m. and host Centre College at 6 p.m. Calvin is coming off a season where it posted an overall record of 16-25 and a conference record of 15-13 that was good for fourth place in the league standings. The Knights were recently picked to finish fourth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll.Under the direction of head coach John Sparks, the Knights return 19 returning letterwinners from last year’s team including first team All-MIAA selection Grant VanPutten who established a Calvin single-season record last year for stolen bases. VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was also received all-region honors from both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association after batting .426 with 41 runs scored and 23 stolen bases.Also returning is sophomore shortstop Jalen Bouma (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) who was named to the All-MIAA second team last spring. Calvin returns its entire pitching rotation from last year as well as seniors Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS), Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington HS), Grant VanderWall (Wyomingt/South Christian HS), Jeff Victor (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and junior Nate Schepers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) Jeremy Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) all saw time as starters in Calvin’s pitching rotation last spring. In addition to Bouma and VanPutten, returning starters in the field include senior catcher Kyle Spoelma (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS), sophomore third baseman Travis Kraai (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), junior second baseman Ben Wohl (Canton/Plymouth HS), and sophomore Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) in left field.

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Calvin Baseball Picked to Finish Fourth in MIAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Calvin baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll while defending co-champion Adrian has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball championship. Adrian received seven out of a possible eight first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league’s coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own team. Hope, which was picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote. Calvin returns several letterwinners from a team that finished fourth in the MIAA standings last year and gained its first-ever MIAA Tournament berth.

MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Adrian (7) 7 pts. 2. Hope (1) 13. 3. Trine 21. 4. Calvin 28. 5. Alma 35. 6. Albion 38. T7. Kalamazoo 41. T7. Olivet
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Schools will begin non-conference play on February 23, with conference action to begin on March 13 when Calvin travels to Kalamazoo for a doubleheader.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.

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Calvin Grads Find Success Working in Front Office of West Michigan Whitecaps

Monday, July 15, 2013

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By Jacob Kuyvenhoven

At Calvin College, the sports management major is still largely in its infancy.  2007 was the first year students graduated with a degree from the program, and as with anything new, there is bound to be an adjustment period.  Luckily, Calvin has seen three recent graduates see success working together in the box office of the Detroit Tigers’ single-A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps.  Dean Exoo (’07) works in advertising and sales, while Nick Caudle (’07) and J.D. Triemstra (’09) are ticket sales executives.  All three spent time as student workers for Jim Timmer and went on to do graduate work in sports management at Western Michigan University.  Their work figures to add a strong dose of credibility to the program and encourage further success in current and incoming students.

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Calvin Scholar-Athletes Named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2012-13 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).

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Calvin Finishes 15th in Final Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.

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