Saturday, March 31, 2012
OLIVET - The Calvin baseball team split a doubleheader at Olivet Saturday afternoon, falling 3-0 in the opener before coming back to win game two 2-0. With the doubleheader split, Olivet took three of the four games in the conference series with the Knights who are now 8-10 overall and 3-5 in the MIAA. In game one, Calvin’s offensive attack was stymied by Olivet pitcher Jake Ball who held the Knights to four hits and got out of a sixth-inning jam with a double-play ball. Sophomore Jeff Victor (1-2) took the loss for the Knights. In game two, freshman Nate Schepers tossed his first collegiate shutout, holding Olivet to three hits. Schepers got all the run support he would need in the fourth as freshman Johnathan VanByssum singled in Jake VanAlten to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. Calvin added an insurance run in the sixth as VanByssum again drove in VanAlten, this time on a fielder’s choice.Schepers struck out three and walked two in picking up his second victory against one defeat this season.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Calvin dropped both ends of a doubleheader against visiting Olivet Thursday afternoon at Calvin Field, falling 4-3 and 3-2. Calvin was limited to three hits in game one and four hits in game two. The Knights are now 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA. Joe Lambers took the game one loss while Grant VanderWall was the losing pitcher in game two. Calvin will travel to Olivet on Saturday for a twinbill slated to start at 1 p.m., closing out the four-game conference series.
Monday, March 26, 2012
By Andrew Knot
Calvin split a doubleheader with Trine Monday afternoon at Calvin Field and in the process, split a four-game series with the Thunder. On Monday, Calvin claimed a 7-2 game one win but then let a 3-0 lead slip away in game two as the Knights were defeated 6-3. On Saturday, the two teams split a doubleheader in Angola with Calvin winning 9-7 and Trine coming back to win 1-0. Both teams are now 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA. Calvin will host Olivet in a doubleheader on Thursday which is slated to start at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin baseball team picked up a victory in the opener of an MIAA doubleheader at Trine University Saturday afternoon, winning 9-7. Calvin built an 8-1 lead only to see Trine roar back to within a run at 8-7 heading into the seventh. Calvin tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh however as junior Tyler Tos ripped an RBI single to make it 9-7. Tos (Walnut Creek, CA) finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs. In the bottom of the seventh, Trine (6-6, 1-1 MIAA) put runners on second and third with two outs but lefthander Cory Laster (Ludington) was able to extinguish the threat on a fly-out to centerfield to pick up his second save of the season. Senior Joe Lambers (Grosse Pointe) picked up the win for Calvin (6-6, 1-1 MIAA) to run his season record to 3-1. Lambers struck out three and walked two. Senior Scott Tipton (Stow, OH) also had three hits and two RBI’s on the day. Calvin built an 8-1 lead by scoring two runs in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth before Trine scored two in the fifth and four in the sixth to make the game interesting. In game two, Calvin suffered a hard-luck 1-0 defeat as the host Thunder scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore pitcher Grant VanderWall took the loss despite a strong pitching performance.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TUCSON, AZ - Calvin closed out its spring trip to Tucson with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Luther College. Junior Jack Jorgenson connected on a two-out walk-off single that plated junior Tyler Tos with the game-winning run. Sophomore Cory Laster went the first four innings for the Knights on the mound while sophomore Steve VanderMolen, freshman Nate Schepers, sophomore Jeff Victor and senior Joe Lambers came on in relief with Lambers gaining the win. Junior Ben Cok had a pair hits and scored two runs while Jorgenson was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. Calvin will carry a 5-5 overall record into MIAA play later this week. The Knights open up league play on Friday with a doubleheader at Trine scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
TUCSON, AZ - Calvin improved to 3-2 on the year with a pair of victories on Friday. Calvin opened play with a 5-3 win over NAIA Dickinson State and then topped Division III Norwich 14-6. In the win over Dickinson State, senior Joe Lambers (Grosse Pointe/Grosse Pointe South HS) picked up the win to up his record to 1-1 on the year. The lanky southpaw went five innings and struck out seven. Sophomore Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludingto HS) later came on to pick up the save in relief. Freshman Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) went 2-for-4 in the win with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Against Norwich, freshman Nate Schepers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) picked up his first collegiate victory, striking out seven batters in six innings of work. Senior Jake VanAlten went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. On Saturday, Calvin split a doubleheader against defending MIAC champion Hamline, winning game one 11-10 and losing the nightcap 6-2.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor recently sat down with Calvin baseball coach John Sparks to preview the Calvin baseball team’s upcoming trip to Tucson, Arizona, in an online audio interview. In the interview, Sparks previews the rest of the season and breaks down the makeup of this year’s 2012 Calvin team. A year ago, Calvin finished 20-20 overall and in third place in the MIAA with a 15-13 conference record. Calvin will open its spring trip to Arizona Friday when it faces Norwich and Dickinson. Calvin will open its MIAA campaign on March 23 and 24 when it faces Trine University in a four-game series.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
DANVILLE, KY – The Calvin baseball team opened its season with a 1-2 showing as the Knights played three games on the campus of Centre College on Saturday. Calvin opened the day with a doubleheader split against Defiance College, dropping the opener 6-1 before coming back to take the nightcap 14-2. Calvin then fell in its third and final game of the day, dropping a 10-2 contest to host Centre.
Monday, February 13, 2012
The Calvin baseball team has been picked to finish third in the MIAA preseason coaches poll. A year ago, Calvin finished third in the final MIAA regular season standings with a 15-13 conference record. The Knights posted an overall record of 20-20. Defending MIAA champion Adrian has been picked as the preseason favorite. The Bulldogs received five of a possible eight first place votes while Hope has been picked to finish second. The Flying Dutchmen received the other three first place votes. Calvin is scheduled to open its season on March 2 against Defiance College in Danville, Kentucky. Calvin will open its MIAA season on March 23 when it travels to Trine for a conference doubleheader. This year also marks the first time the MIAA will hold a postseason conference tournament. The four-team tournament will take place May 9-11.
Poll Results: 1. Adrian (5) 9 pts. 2. Hope (3) 11. 3. Calvin 23. 4. Albion 24. 5. Trine 33. 6. Alma 39. 6. Kalamazoo 39. 8. Olivet 46.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
What: 2011 Calvin Baseball November Skills camp
When: Saturday Nov. 12th 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Where: The Spoelhof Arena Complex on the campus of Calvin
Who: Any player grade 9-12
Cost: $ 75.00, lunch included!
See the camp flyer link and registration form for more details
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