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Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Hope

Saturday, April 02, 2011

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Calvin split a doubleheader with Hope Saturday afternoon at Calvin Field with the Knights taking the opener 3-0 and Hope winning the nightcap 15-7. In game one, senior Keith Spoelstra was superb, tossing a three-hit complete-game shutout. The shutout was the third of his Calvin career. In game two, Hope broke loose for 16 hits to erase an early 6-1 Calvin lead. In splitting Saturday’s twinbill, Calvin ended up taking three of the four games in the series against the Flying Dutchmen. The Knights are now 7-10 overall and 3-5 in MIAA play. Calvin returns to action next Friday, traveling to Albion for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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Baseball Snaps Losing Skid By Taking Two at Hope

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

HOLLAND - The Calvin baseball team picked up two much-needed victories at Hope Thursday afternoon, defeating the Flying Dutchmen 12-6 and 2-1. Playing their fifth and sixth games in three days, the Knights dipped deep into their pitching rotation and received superb efforts in gaining the pair of wins. In the opener, sophomore Drew Vos gave Calvin 3.1 innings of work with senior Derick Vargas and Cory Laster coming on in relief with Laster getting the pitching victory.  In game two, freshman lefthander Grant VanderWall pitched a complete-game victory, striking out three and walking two while allowing only four hits. Senior Andrew Bosma belted a two-run RBI double in the third to account for the all the run support VanderWall would need. The victories snapped a five-game Calvin losing skid and boosted the Knights to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA. Calvin will host Hope in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

John Sparks Postgame Audio Interview

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Baseball Drops a Pair to Adrian at Calvin Field

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Calvin dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the visiting Bulldogs of Adrian College Wednesday afternoon at Calvin Fieldhouse, falling by scores of 6-2 and 9-1. The Knights are now 4-9 overall and 0-4 in the MIAA. In the opener, sophomore Ben Cok ripped a two-run homer that gave the Knights a 2-1 lead but Adrian scored four unearned runs in the top of the seventh to gain the win. In game two, Adrian scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Peter Steiner took the loss in game one while Jeff Groenewold took the loss in game two. Calvin will travel to Hope on Thursday for a conference doubleheader slated to start at 2 p.m.

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Weekend Baseball Series With Adrian Postponed

Friday, March 25, 2011

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The Calvin-Adrian baseball series scheduled for this Friday and Saturday has been postponed because of cold weather conditions. Calvin was scheduled to travel to Adrian on Friday for a doubleheader and then host the Bulldogs on Saturday for a twinbill. The Friday doubleheader at Adrian has been rescheduled for Monday, March 28 at 2 p.m. while Saturday’s doubleheader at Calvin has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m.

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Baseball Team Picks Up 9-6 Win Over Buena Vista Saturday Night

Sunday, March 20, 2011

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TUCSON, AZ - The Calvin baseball team improved to 3-2 overall and remained unbeaten on its spring trip to Tucson with a 9-6 win over Buena Vista College (IA) Saturday night. Senior Keith Spoelstra had a solid outing in his second start of the year and was credited with the pitching victory. Senior Jeff Groenewold came on in relief to pick up the save. The Knights were led at the plate by senior Andrew Bosma who had a single, double and three runs batted in. Calvin will face Hamline University (MN) Monday morning and will then face Buena Vista against Monday afternoon.

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Baseball Opens Spring Trip With Doubleheader Sweep Over Norwich

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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TUCSON, AZ - The Calvin baseball team opened its spring trip with a doubleheader sweep over Norwich University Friday afternoon, defeating the Cadets 11-5 and 22-6. Senior Peter Steiner had a big afternoon for the Knights, belting a homerun in game one and picking up the pitching victory and also belting a double in game two. In game one, junior Scott Tipton and senior Andrew Bosma added triples to aid a collection of Calvin pitchers that included starter Eric Poencet and freshman Cory Laster. Calvin is scheduled to face Buena Vista (IA) College late Saturday night with the game set to begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. (EST).

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Baseball Team Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader at Centre College

Saturday, March 05, 2011

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DANVILLE. KY - The Calvin baseball team traveled south for its first competition of the year and dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Centre College Friday night, falling 4-2 in game one and 4-1 in game two. In game one, senior Keith Spoelstra took the loss while senior Peter Steiner had a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. Steiner took the mound for game two and took the loss. Junior catcher Scott Tipton accounted for Calvin’s lone run with a solo homer.Calvin was scheduled to face Centre College today at 4:30 p.m. but the game has been cancelled because of thunderstorm that swept through Danville, Kentucky. Calvin will now prepare for its spring trip to Tucson, Arizona. The trip will begin on March 18 when the Knights take on Norwich College in a doubleheader.

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2011 Calvin Baseball Preview

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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2011 Calvin Baseball Schedule

The Calvin baseball team will open its 2011 season with a three-game weekend series at Centre College (KY) March 4 and 5. The Knights will then participate in seven games in Tucson, Arizona, March 18-22. The Knights will return home to open its MIAA campaign with a four-game series against defending league champion Adrian March 25 and 26. Calvin returns 19 letterwinners from its 2010 team that finished 18-20 overall and in fourth place in the MIAA with a 15-13 conference record. The Knights return a first team All-MIAA selection in senior pitcher Keith Spoelstra and a second All-MIAA selection in first baseman/DH Andrew Bosma (pictured left). Spoelstra is one of four returning pitchers from Calvin’s starting rotation from a year ago. Other returning pitchers from the Calvin starting rotation include seniors Peter Steiner and Jeff Groenewold and sophomore Eric Poencet. The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head coach John Sparks for a pre-season audio interview previewing the upcoming season which can be found at: John Sparks 2011 Calvin Baseball Preseason Audio Interview

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Calvin Baseball Team Gives Back - Assisting at Congress Elementary School

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Feature Story on Partnership Between Calvin Baseball Team & Congress Elementary School

The Calvin baseball team has been active in the offseason but the activity of the team this fall has been in volunteer work at Congress Elementary School - part of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Association. Myrna Anderson, a senior writer from Calvin’s office of Communications and Marketing caught up with the baseball team at Congress Elementary School and filed this report:

Feature Story on Partnership Between Calvin Baseball Team & Congress Elementary School

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Calvin Lands 143 on MIAA Academic Honor Roll - 19 Named to Honor Roll For Fourth Straight Year

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Calvin's MIAA Academic Honor Roll Recipients

The 2009-10 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 143 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 2009-10 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. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, 19 are from Calvin.

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