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Baseball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader With Defiance

Friday, March 01, 2013

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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.

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Calvin Baseball Team Picked To Finish Fourth in MIAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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2013 Calvin Baseball Schedule

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 seasonís 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

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Calvin Takes Early Lead in MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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A record-setting fall sports season has allowed Calvin to build an early lead in the MIAA Commissionerís Cup Standings. Through the recently completed MIAA fall sports season, Calvin leads the standings with 100 points, four points better than Hope. In the MIAA Womenís All-Sports Standings, Calvin has a first place total of 58 points with Hope second with 53. Hope leads the MIAA Menís All-Sports standings with 43 points, one point better than Calvin.  This fall, Calvin captured a record six MIAA titles Ė winning conference crowns in menís and womenís soccer, volleyball, menís and womenís cross country, menís golf and volleyball. 

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Calvin Lands 123 Scholar-Athletes on MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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2011-12 MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 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 2010-11 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.

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Calvin To Host Baseball Skills Camp on November 10

Monday, August 13, 2012

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What: 2012 Calvin Baseball November Skills camp
When: Saturday Nov. 10th 9:00 am Ė 1:30 pm - Hitting and Baserunning from 9-11 a.m./ Pitching or Defensive Skills from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: The Spoelhof Arena Complex on the campus of Calvin
Who: Any player grade 9-12
Cost: $ 80.00, lunch included!

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Skills Camp Registration Form

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By bunt or bean, Van Alten finds himself on firstóoften

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Mark DeHaan

Jake Van Alten “Third basemen (around the league) will be glad when he graduates,Ē said menís athletic director Jim Timmer, about Calvin baseball senior Jake Van Alten. Van Alten, a four-year starter in the outfield, is a bunt specialist. Continued Timmer: ďHeís got 400 at-bats in his Calvin career, and I think he has squared to bunt in about 350 of them.Ē

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Ben Cok Named to All-MIAA First Team in Baseball

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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2012 All-MIAA Baseball Teams

Calvin College junior Ben Cok has been named to the All-MIAA first team in baseball. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Cok batted .321 in 28 league games this spring while driving in 17 runs and scoring 18 runs himself. He was credited with nine extra-base hits including three home runs. He had a slugging percentage of .526. He was also 11-for-12 in stole base attempts. Cok finished tied for second in the MIAA in home runs, tied for sixth in runs scored, tied for fourth in runs batted in, tied for fifth in total bases and tied for second in stolen bases. He also led the MIAA in walks (16) and was third in on-base percentage (.444) and slugging percentage. A third baseman, Cok is receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the first time in his career.

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Baseball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader at Hope in Season Finale

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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HOLLAND - The Calvin baseball team closed out its 2012 season by dropping both ends of a doubleheader at rival Hope on Saturday. Calvin dropped the first game 3-0 and the second game 2-1 in eight innings. In game one, Calvin (15-25 overall, 9-19 MIAA) was limited to five hits while Hope scored single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings. Freshman Nate Schepers took the loss to finish his freshman campaign with a 4-3 record. In game two, Calvin tied the game 1-1 in the the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by junior Mike Fuller. In the eighth, Calvin had a chance to take the lead but stranded a runner at third base. Hope then used a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a basehit to win the game in the bottom of the eighth. Sophomore Jeff Victor took the hard-luck loss to fall to 1-5 on the year. Calvin had six hits in the game while freshman Grant Van Putten stole his 21st base of the season which ranks as a Calvin single-season record.

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Baseball Team Splits Doubleheader With Hope

Friday, May 04, 2012

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The Calvin baseball team split a doubleheader with Hope Friday afternoon at Calvin Field. A large crowd was treated to a pair of excellent pitching performances. Game one went to Hope 4-3 while game two went to Calvin 1-0. In the opener, Hope starter Adam Clements outdueled Calvin’s Joe Lambers for the win. Hope withstood a seventh-inning rally by Calvin with the Knights stranding the tying run on second base. Freshman Grant Van Putten swiped a pair of bases in game one to set a new Calvin single-season record for thefts. Van Putten now has 20 steals, breaking the previous mark of 19 set by Peter Steiner last spring. In game two, junior Ben Cok blasted a home run to account for the only run of the game. The Cok homer came in the bottom of the fourth and was his third of the year. Meanwhile, sophomore Grant Vander Wall went the distance to record the shutout victory. Vander Wall outdueled Hope starter Danny Ditmar for the win. It marked the second straight year Vander Wall has edged Ditmar in a pitcher’s duel as Vander Wall edged Ditmar 2-1 a year ago in Holland. Calvin and Hope will conclude the four-game weekend series on Saturday at Hope in a 1 p.m. twinbill.

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Baseball Extends Win Streak to Three Games With Non-Conference Win Over Aquinas

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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The Knights came through with an 8-3 victory over crosstown rival Aquinas on Tuesday. Freshman Jeremy Kamp started for the Knights, and held the Saints scoreless in his four innings of work. Calvinís bats were silent in the first two innings, but the Knights drew first blood in the bottom of the third. Freshman Grant Van Putten knocked a single passed the drawn-in infield to score Dan Miedema, putting the Knights on top 1-0. Calvin added three runs in the fourth. Mike Fuller drew a walk to score a run and Drew Vos and Miedema added RBI groundouts to put Calvin on top by four. Tom Bouwkamp, who came on in the sixth, got the win for the Knights, who improved their record to 14-22 overall. Calvin will now prepare to host rival Hope on Friday at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader.

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