Friday, April 05, 2013
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.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
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.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
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
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
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.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
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.
Monday, March 11, 2013
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.
Friday, March 01, 2013
The Calvin baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Defiance Friday afternoon, falling 6-5 and 7-5. In the opener, Calvin held a 5-1 lead only to see Defiance score five runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. Sophomore Nate Schepers (Holland Christian HS) tossed five shutout innings to start the game. Sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland Christian HS) went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases. Junior Cory Laster (Ludington HS) took the loss. In game two, Calvin held a 4-3 lead but could not make it stand up as the Yellow Jackets again came from behind for the win. VanPutten went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base while junior Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee Lutheran HS) had a single and two runs scored. Junior Jeff Victor (Holland Christian HS) took the loss for the Knights.The two teams are scheduled to play a single nine-inning game on Saturday.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Calvin baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll. Four-time defending champion Adrian was selected to repeat as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion. The Bulldogs, who ran away with last season’s championship with a 24-4 record, finishing six games ahead of their nearest competition, received seven of a possible eight first-place votes in the coaches poll. Hope, which was picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own team. Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Adrian (7) 7 pts. 2. Hope (1) 15. 3. Trine 18. 4. Calvin 25. 5. Albion 30. 6. Alma 42. 6. Olivet 42. 8. Kalamazoo 45. For a preseason outlook, please visit the Calvin website for an audio interview with head Calvin baseball coach John Sparks at: John Sparks Preseason Audio Interview« First < 2 3 4 5 6 > Last »