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Grant Van Putten Named to All-Region Baseball Teams

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Calvin College sophomore Grant Van Putten has been named to the D3baseball.com All-Mideast Region second team. In addition, he has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region third team. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Van Putten put together a record-breaking year for the Calvin baseball team this spring. Van Putten batted .426 this spring for the Knights while playing a stellar centerfield. Van Putten’s final season average of .426 is the third-highest single-season average in Calvin history, surpassed only by the .442 average of Ken Stuursma in 1987 and the .463 mark of T. J. Cummings in 1994. His season total of 63 hits is also a new Calvin single-season record as is his season total of 23 stolen bases. Van Putten now has 44 career stolen bases and is the Calvin career record holder in that category as well. In addition, his 41 runs scored this spring is the second-highest single-season total in Calvin baseball history. Finally, his total of 85 total bases is also second on the Calvin single-season list.

ABCA Division III All-Mideast Region Teams

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Calvin Baseball Bows out of MIAA Tournament With 11-inning 4-3 Loss to Trine

Thursday, May 09, 2013

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HOLLAND - The 2013 Calvin baseball season came to an end with a 4-3 loss in 11 innings in an elimination game at the MIAA Tournament at Hope College Thursday afternoon. Calvin finishes the season with an overall record of 16-25. Calvin was making its first appearance in the MIAA Tournament this week. The Knights were defeated by Hope 7-3 in a first round game Wednesday. In Thursday’s loss to Trine, Calvin outhit the Thunder 11-7 but stranded 10 base runners. Calvin also failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning as the Thunder scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game and then scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th. Sophomore Grant Van Putten and senior Tyler Tos had three hits apiece. Van Putten finished with a Calvin single-season record total of 63 hits while also finishing with a season batting average of .426 - the third-highest single-season average in Calvin baseball history. Senior Ben Cok also finished with a Calvin single-season record of 32 walks.

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First Calvin C Club Awards Knight Takes Place at Calvin Wednesday Night

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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The first-ever Calvin C Club Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday night inside Van Noord Arena. The following is a list of the award recipients:

BREAKTHROUGH TEAM OF THE YEAR - Men’s Tennis

RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE - Nicole Michmerhuizen - women’s track and field, 10,000 meters

ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Powell, men’s basketball

PLAY OF THE YEAR - Danielle Carter, women’s soccer - game winning OT goal vs Hope in MIAA Tournament

MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Taylor Pruis, men’s soccer

FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Michaela Rookus, women’s swimming & diving

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nick Holtrop, men’s soccer

FEMALE ATHLETE(S) OF THE YEAR - Lizzie Kamp, volleyball & Carissa Verkaik, basketball & track & field

EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT - Elisabeth Counsell, women’s swimming & diving

GAME OF THE YEAR - Calvin men’s basketball MIAA Tournament final win over Hope

KAY TIEMERSMA AWARD WINNER(S) - Lizzie Kamp & Carissa Verkaik

BERE’ MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER - Dan Kerr, men’s cross country & track & field

The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup trophy was also unveiled at the ceremony.

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Baseball drops MIAA Tournament game 7-3 at Hope

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

HOLLAND, Mich. - For the third straight game at Boeve Stadium, the Calvin baseball team leaves with a loss.  After falling to Hope both games in the MIAA regular season finale last Sat., the two rivals met again on Wed. May 8, the Knights dropped a 7-3 decision in the MIAA Tournament.  Junior pitcher Nate Schepers took the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings.  Junior Cory Later pitched 4.1 innings of two-hit ball in relief.  The Knights fell behind 7-1 after three complete innings, but battled back to within four on a two-RBI single in the sixth.  Calvin could not get any closer.  Sophomore Grant Van Putten led Calvin offensively with three singles in four plate appearances.  Calvin returns to MIAA Tournament action tomorrow when the Knights travel to Boeve Stadium to face the Thunder of Trine University.  The Thunder were defeated by Adrian 5-4 in the other MIAA Tournament game Wed.

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Calvin College Wins MIAA Commissioner’s Cup!!!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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For the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year, Calvin College has won the outright MIAA Commissioner’s Cup. Calvin finished the year with 216 points, finishing ahead of rival Hope which earned 205 points. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 year, Calvin and Hope shared the Commissioner’s Cup as the two schools tied for first place. Hope had since won the last four outright titles. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s standings in eight of 10 sports for men and eight of 10 sports for women. The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 34 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 and Alma 5. In addition, Calvin took first place in the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 102 points, finishing ahead of Hope which tallied 93. Calvin also took first place in the MIAA Women’s All-Sports standings with 114 points, edging Hope by two points. The 2012-13 academic year was an historic one for the Calvin athletics program as it captured an MIAA record 12 conference titles including 10 that were outright league crowns. Calvin competes in 19 of the 20 MIAA-sponsored sports. The Knights do not compete in football.

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Grant Van Putten & Jalen Bouma Receive All-MIAA Baseball Honors

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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2013 All-MIAA Baseball Teams

Two members of the Calvin baseball team have received All-MIAA accolades. Sophomore outfielder Grant Van Putten has been named to the All-MIAA first team while freshman shortstop Jalen Bouma has been named to the All-MIAA second team. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Van Putten batted .383 in conference games to rank fourth in the MIAA batting race. In league play, he also led the league in hits (36), finished second in runs scored (27) and total bases (48) and was third in stolen bases (14). Defensively, Van Putten compiled a fielding percentage of .970, committing just two errors in 66 total chances. Bouma hails from Ann Arbor and is a graduate of Ann Arbor Huron High School.  Bouma is batting .317 on the season and also batted .330 in league play. Bouma also drove in 19 runs and scored 12 in league play. He was ranked fourth in the MIAA in runs driven in. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Hope for a first round MIAA Tournament game slated to start at 4 p.m. Calvin (16-23) is making its first appearance in the double-elimination four-team MIAA Tournament. Top-seeded Hope (26-13) will host the tournament games Wednesday-through-Friday with third-seeded Trine (22-18) and second-seeded Adrian (28-12) also competing.

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Calvin to Travel to Hope for MIAA Baseball Tournament Wednesday Afternoon

Sunday, May 05, 2013

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The pairings for the 2013 double-elimination MIAA Baseball Tournament have been announced. Calvin is the fourth seed, Trine the third seed, Adrian the second seed and Hope the top seed. On Wednesday, Calvin (16-23) will travel to Hope (26-13) for a first round game at 4 p.m. while Adrian (28-12) will host Trine (22-18) at 4 p.m. Wednesday’s winners will then meet in a winners’ bracket final at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Hope with Wednesday’s losers set to play in an elimination game at 1 p.m. A third game will follow at 4 p.m. Friday’s final is scheduled for noon with a second game to follow if necessary at 3 p.m.

MIAA TOURNAMENT BASEBALL PAIRINGS

Wednesday, May 8
Game 1: #4 Calvin (15-13, 16-23) at #1 Hope (20-8, 26-13), 4 p.m.
Game 2: #3 Trine (17-11, 22-18) at #2 Adrian (20-8, 28-12), 4 p.m.

MIAA Tournament - Thursday, May 9 at Hope
Game 3: Wednesday winners, 10 a.m.
Game 4: Wednesday losers, 1 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m.

MIAA Tournament - Friday, May 10 at Hope
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon
Game 7: Game 6 opponents, if necessary, 3 p.m.

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Baseball drops two at Hope - will return to face Hope in MIAA Tournament

Saturday, May 04, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo Credit:  Jeff Febus

HOLLAND, Mich. - After a two-game split with Hope at Fifth Third Ballpark Fri., May 3, the Calvin men’s baseball dropped two games by scores of 8-5 and 7-6 (9 innings) at Boeve Stadium on the campus of Hope College Sat., May 4.  Fortunately for the Knights, they had already earned a berth in the MIAA Tournament for the first time in three years with the win at Fifth Third.  Hope jumped all over the Knights in the first two innings of game one.  The Flying Dutchmen scored one run in the first and seven runs in the second.  Calvin chipped away at the lead scoring runs in three consecutive innings to cut the lead to 8-5.  The Knights could not muster any more runs, and dropped game one.  In game two, junior Cory Laster gave up three earned runs in five innings, and was in line for the win when Calvin scored four runs in the top of the sixth.  Both teams scored a single run before Hope tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh after Calvin walked the bases loaded.  Hope eventually won the game on a walkoff single by TJ Klein in the bottom of the ninth.  With its win, Hope clinches a share of the MIAA championship and the top seed in the MIAA Tournament. Calvin, now 16-23 on the season and 15-13 in the MIAA.  The Knights clinch the fourth seed, and will return to Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen in the MIAA Tournament final.  The game is scheduled for Wed., May 8.  The time is to be determined. 

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Baseball Splits Twinight Doubleheader With Hope at Fifth Third Park - Clinches MIAA Tournament Berth

Friday, May 03, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Looking to secure its position in the MIAA Tournament, the Calvin Knights baseball team hosted the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College on Friday afternoon at nearby Fifth Third Ballpark. In order to claim a top-four spot, Calvin had to win at least one game or see Olivet drop at least one game to Kalamazoo. Both scenarios worked out for Calvin on Friday as Kalamazoo defeated Olivet 4-1 earlier in the day while Calvin split its doubleheader with Hope. In game one, the Knights got off to a tough start, giving Hope a 4-0 lead in the first en route to a 6-5 loss. In game two, it was Calvin that jumped out to an early lead it would not relinquish, scoring six in the first inning on its way to an 8-1 victory. Calvin will close out the regular season on Saturday at Hope with a doubleheader slated to start at 1 p.m.

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Calvin’s Jalen Bouma Named MIAA Baseball Player of the Week

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Calvin shortstop Jalen Bouma, a freshman from Ann Arbor (Huron HS) is this week’s MIAA Baseball Player of the Week. Last week, Bouma hit .471 (8-for-17) and drove in seven runs as the Knights took three out of four in an MIAA weekend series against Albion. He went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, to lift Calvin to a 6-5 win over the Britons, then later went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in an 18-0 win over Albion. Bouma, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career, added three runs, two doubles and two stolen bases for the series.

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