Monday, March 29, 2010
ADRIAN - A sterling pitching performance by junior Keith Spoelstra allowed Calvin to gain a split of a doubleheader at Adrian Monday afternoon. A native of Oakland, New Jersey, Spoelstra scattered six hits over seven innings to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Eastern Christian High School graduate struck out six batters and walked only one. Spoelstra received all the run support he would need in the early innings as junior Peter Steiner (Chicago, IL) drove in a run in the top of the first on a single to right and freshman Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA) added a run-scoring single in the second that brought home sophomore Jake VanAlten (Holland Christian HS) who led of the inning with a triple.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The defending MIAA champion Bulldogs of Adrian jumped on Calvin for a pair of victories Saturday afternoon at Calvin Field, defeating the Knights 9-3 and 7-2 in the MIAA openers for both teams.
Adrian (7-5 overall, 2-0 MIAA) grabbed the early momentum in both games, scoring two runs in the first inning of game one and six runs in the first inning of game two. In game one, Adrian scored two runs in the first and two more in the third before Calvin (3-7 overall, 0-2 MIAA) scored a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by senior Kyle Gurzynski (Ludington HS).
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin baseball team suffered a 7-5 defeat to the University of Chicago in Calvin’s spring break finale Wednesday afternoon. Calvin held a lead throughout most of the game but a two-out rally in the ninth inning by Chicago proved to be Calvin’s undoing.
Calvin (3-5) will now prepare to host Adrian on Saturday in a twinbill at 1 p.m. in the MIAA opener for both teams.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
VERO BEACH, FL - The Calvin baseball team upped its season record to 3-4 with a 7-1 victory over Grinnell College Tuesday morning.
Sophomore Brett Cavanaugh (Western Michigan Christian HS) led the way for the Knights with six shutout innings in his first start of the season. Junior Cody Batchelor (Durango, CO) then came on in relief to pitch the final three frames to preserve the win. Junior Andrew Bosma (Holland Christian HS) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Junior Matt Dodrill (Murfreesboro, TN) also went 2-for-3 while sophomore Tyler Berger (Grand Rapids Christian HS) went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
VERO BEACH, FL – The Calvin baseball team split a doubleheader with Grinnell College on Monday afternoon, falling in the opener 2-1 and then coming back to win the nightcap 6-4.
In the opener, Calvin was unable to come up with enough run support to aid junior Jeff Groenewold (Chicago, IL) who went the distance but suffered the hard-luck loss.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
VERO BEACH, FL – The Calvin baseball team picked up its first victory of the year on Saturday in defeating Western Connecticut State 13-8 in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader.
In the opener, Calvin (1-3) suffered a 3-1 defeat despite a strong pitching performance from senior Ben Sietsema (Northpointe Christian HS). Sietsema (0-2) struck out seven batters in the loss. Sophomore Scott Tipton (Stow, OH) and senior Kyle Gurzynski (Ludington HS) both went 2-for-3 for the Knights in the loss.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, IN—In its season debut, the Calvin baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at nationally-ranked Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, falling 5-1 and 12-1. Ranked 16th in the most recent d3baseball.com Top 25 poll, Rose-Hulman jumped on Calvin for four runs in the opening three innings of game one to build a 4-0 lead.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The 2010 Calvin baseball season is set to open on March 6 at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. Last year, Calvin finished 23-17 overall and in second place in the MIAA standings with a 20-8 conference record. The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head coach John Sparks recently to talk about the upcoming season. Listen to that interview in this audio file: John Sparks Pre-Season Audio Interview
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Calvin College freshman Tyler Berger has been named to the Division III All-Mideast Region third team by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Berger took over the starting job in centerfield this spring for the Knights and batted a team-leading .400 with 31 runs scored and 31 runs batted in. He also belted four home runs, 10 doubles and two triples for a slugging percentage of .626. In the field, Berger was stellar, committing just two errors in 72 chances for a fielding percentage of .971.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Two members of the Calvin baseball team have received MIAA Player of the Week honors.
Junior Ben Sietsema has been named MIAA Co-Pitcher of the Week along with Adrian’s Ryan Domschot. It marks the third time that Sietsema has received MIAA Pitcher of the Week accolades this spring. In addition, senior Nate Pocock has been named MIAA Player of the Week.
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