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Ben Cok Named MIAA Baseball Position Player of the Week

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin outfielder Ben Cok its Position Player of the Week for games played through April 7. Cok, a senior from Grand Rapids (GR Christian HS), hit .429 (6-for-14) with his first two home runs of the season and eight RBIs in leading the Knights to a four-game sweep of MIAA rival Kalamazoo. He also scored five runs and stole two bases during the series. Cok is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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Baseball Completes Four-Game Series Sweep of Kalamazoo

Saturday, April 06, 2013

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Calvin completed a four-game series sweep of Kalamazoo on Saturday, defeating the Hornets 5-0 and 6-1 in a doubleheader at Calvin Field. Calvin is now 8-4 in the MIAA and 9-12 overall.In Saturday’s game one 5-0 win, Calvin scored two runs in the first and added three more in the fourth while junior Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington HS) went the distance to pick up the shutout win. Laster struck out one and did not walk a batter while scattering four hits. Sophomore Ben Wohl (Canton/Plymouth HS) drove in Calvin’s first run on a fielder’s choice and senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) later scored on a wild pitch. In the fourth, Cok belted a three-run homer to left. In game two, juniors Louis Hill Jr.  (Romulus/Romulus HS),  Jeff Victor (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and Grant VanderWall (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) combined to hold Kalamazoo to just one run. Hill (1-0) was credited with the win as he went the first four innings and allowed just two hits and one run. Calvin collected 12 hits including three off the bat of freshman Travis Kraai (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Wohl, freshman Tyler Lambers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and junior Kyle Spoelma (Kentwood/South Christian HS) all had two hits apiece. Spoelma drove in a pair of runs while freshman Jalen Bouma (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) drove in three runs. Calvin will now prepare to host Adrian next Thursday in a twinbill at 2 p.m. at Calvin Field.

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Baseball Takes Two at Kalamazoo - Knights Use Long Ball to Cruise to Wins

Friday, April 05, 2013

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KALAMAZOO - Calvin took both ends of a doubleheader at Kalamazoo on Friday, winning games by scores of 9-2 and 11-0. The Knights are now 7-11 overall and 6-4 in MIAA play. Calvin is scheduled to host Kalamazoo on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Calvin Field. In game one, Calvin took a 7-0 lead through three innings, scoring six in the second and one in the the third. Sophomore Ben Wohl (Canton/Plymouth HS) provided the key blow in the second with a grand-slam homer - his first of his collegiate career. In the fourth, senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) blasted a two-run homer - his first of the year and the 10th of his collegiate career. Sophomore Nate Schepers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) picked up the win on the mound, going 5.1 innings and scattering eighth hits. Schepers is now 2-1 ont he year.  Sophomore Tom Bouwkamp (Pella/Pella Christian HS) came on in relieft to close out the win, tossing 1.2 innings of shutout relief. Sophomore Garrett Harder (Fenwich/West Michigan Lutheran HS) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Freshman Tyler Lambers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also picked up two hits at the plate. In game two, sophomore Austin Juza (St. Joseph/Lake Michiga Catholic HS) tossed a one-hit shutout victory, striking out five and walking one. Juza is now 2-1 on the year. Cok had another big game, going 3-for-4 with three RBI’s and a pair of doubles. Lambers, sophomore Travis Kraai (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and freshman Jalen Bouma (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) all had two hits apiece. Kraai had a double while VanPutten belted a two-run homer - his second of the year.

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Baseball Team Splits Doubleheader With Trine at Calvin Field

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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Calvin split a doubleheader with Trine Tuesday afternoon to remain at .500 in league play. The Knights are now 4-4 in conference action. Calvin took Tuesday’s opener 3-2 and then dropped game two 2-0. In game one, junior Jeff Victor cruised through five innings of shutout ball before the Thunder rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the score 2-2. Calvin took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by sophomore Garrett Harder (Fenwich/West Michigan Lutheran HS) in the first and then built a 2-0 advantage on an RBI double by Harder in the fifth. Calvin (5-12 overall) took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth as freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) singled and later scored on a Trine error. Victor then tossed a 1-2-3 seventh to pick up his second victory of the year. VanderWall and sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had two hits apiece to lead Calvin’s seven-hit attack.In game two, Calvin was limited to five hits by the Trine pitching staff while the Thunder scored a single run in the first and a single run in the fifth. Calvin rallied in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out but the Knights were retired with back-to-back pop-outs.

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Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Olivet - Splits Weekend Series Wtih Comets

Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Fighting through injuries and illness, the Calvin baseball team found a way to gain a doubleheader split against Olivet on Saturday and in the process a split of the four-game weekend series with the Comets. Calvin opened Saturday’s twinbill with a 4-2 loss but came back to defeat the Comets 4-3 in game two. The Knights are now 3-3 in MIAA play heading into a Tuesday makeup doubleheader against Trine scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Calvin Field. Sophomore Jeremy Kamp took the loss in game one. Sophomore Nate Schepers claimed the win in game two in a relief role with junior Jeff Victor picking up a save. Jordan VanderWall went 3-for-3 in game two while sophomore Grant VanPutten had a double and a triple. Freshman Jalen Bouma also had three hits in the twinbill.

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Baseball Gains Doubleheader Split at Olivet - To Host Comets on Saturday

Saturday, March 30, 2013

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OLIVET – Calvin gained yet another MIAA doubleheader split on the road Friday afternoon, defeating Olivet 11-3 in the second game of a doubleheader after falling 4-2 in game one. In the opener, Calvin (3-10 overall, 2-2 MIAA) fell behind 4-0 but came back late, scoring two runs in the sixth before falling just short. Sophomore Garrett Harder had a two-run RBI single in the sixth inning as the Knights outhit the Comets 7-6. Junior Cory Laster (0-2) took the loss as he struck out five without a walk in six innings of work. In game two, Calvin broke open a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fourth, three in the sixth and three in the seventh to pull away for the win. Sophomore Austin Juza picked up his first collegiate win, going five innings and scattering seven hits. Junior Grant VanderWall came on in relief to toss two shutout innings of relief, lowering his season earned run average to 3.38.The two teams will play again on Saturday at Calvin in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The twinbill will feature a live audio broadcast through the Calvin website at: Stretch Internet Audio Broadcast

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Baseball Opens MIAA Play With Doubleheader Split at Trine

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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ANGOLA, IN - Calvin split a doubleheader at Trine Wednesday afternoon, dropping the opener 9-4 before coming back to win the nightcap 4-3. Wednesday’s game marked the MIAA opener for both teams.In the opener, Calvin committed five errors and junior Jeff Victor took the hard-luck loss on the mound. In game two, junior Grant VanderWall got the win while freshman Jalen Bouma got the save. Senior Ben Cok and freshman Travis Kraai both collected two hits apiece for Calvin as did freshman Tyler Lambers who got the start at first base in both games for the Knights.Calvin is back in action on Friday when it travels to Olivet for a 2 p.m. twinbill.

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Baseball Drops Two to Augsburg in Tucson

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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On Saturday, Calvin faced Augsburg College (MN) in a pair of games and dropped both contests. Calvin lost the opener 6-5 and then dropped game two 16-10. Calvin is now 1-5 on the year.In the opener against Augsburg, sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had a single, RBI and a run scored while freshman Michael Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had an RBI triple. In game two, VanPutten went 2 for 3 with a double while freshman Jalen Bouma (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Cok also had a double and three runs batted in. Calvin will face Williams (Mass.) in a single game on Monday at 10 a.m.

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Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Bethany Lutheran in Tucson Opener

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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TUCSON, AZ - Calvin split a doubleheader on the first day of its spring trip in Arizona, defeating Bethany Lutheran 7-4 in the opener before falling 14-8 in the nightcap. In game one, junior righthander Jeff Victor (Holland/Holland Christian HS) picked up the win to improve to 1-1 on the year.  Senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) went 2 for 3 ast the plate with a double, triple and three runs batted in. Junior catcher Kyle Spoelma (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. As a team, Calvin had 11 hits.In game two, junior Grant VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. Sophomore Garrett Harder (Fenwick/West Michigan Lutheran HS) went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored. Freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) also collected two runs batted in as Calvin collected 12 hits as a team. Calvin is set to face Augsburg (MN) in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

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Calvin Holds MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings Lead

Monday, March 11, 2013

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Calvin College holds the lead in the latest set of MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings as well as in the standings for the MIAA Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Awards. Calvin has a first place total of 147 points in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings with Hope second with 126 points. In the men’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 68 points with Hope second with 56 points. In the women’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 79 points with Hope second with 70 points. This year, Calvin has captured nine MIAA regular season championships, winning league titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.

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