Thursday, March 22, 2012
TUCSON, AZ - The Calvin softball team split its final four games of its spring trip to Arizona. The Knights will head home with an overall record of 5-7. On Wednesday, Calvin defeated Augsburg 8-2 and fell to Whitworth 11-2. On Thursday, Calvin dropped a 9-4 decision to Carthage in eight innings before coming back to defeat Carleton College 5-3. In the win over Augsburg Wednesday, the Knights received a complete-game pitching performance from sophomore Lina Avila. Avila helped her own cause with a homerun while senior Marie Prins went 4-for-4 at the plate. Freshman Merin Cok was also 2-for-2 at the plate.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TUCSON, AZ - The Calvin softball team split a pair of games on Tuesday afternoon, falling 7-3 to North Central and defeating Carleton College 11-3. In the loss to North Central, sophomore Lina Avila took the loss but also went 3-for-4 at the plate including a three-run homer. Senior Marie Prins and freshman Trista Brownlee also had two hits apiece.In the win over Carleton, Brownlee tossed a three-hitter, striking out six and walking none in a game limited to six innings because of the mercy-rule. Calvin belted four homeruns in the win with Avila and freshmen Merin Cok, C.J. Hillbrands and Nicole Weener all going deep.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Calvin dropped its first two games in Arizona, falling 3-2 to Gustavus Adolphus and 9-0 to Trinity of Texas on Saturday. The Knights are now 2-2 on the year. In the loss to Gustavus Adolphus, sophomore Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) belted a two-run homer to gave Calvin a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Freshman Trista Brownlee (Saginaw/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) tossed a three-hitter but was victimized by errors as the Golden Gusties came back to score three unearned runs to gain the win. In the loss to Trinity, Calvin went hitless as Trinity rolled to the five-inning mercy-rule win. Avila took the loss in the pitcher’s circle. Calvin is back in action on Monday when it faces North Central and Carthage out of the CCIW.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Calvin softball team is off to a 2-0 start and the Knights are in the midst of preparing for a 10-game stretch of games in Tucson, Arizona, that will begin on March 17 and carry on through March 22. The Calvin Sports Information Office recently caught up with head coach Sharon DeKleine to discuss the upcoming spring break trip as well as the remainder of the 2012 schedule in an online interview. This year’s Calvin team features a youthful look as the team includes one senior, three juniors, three sophomores and 10 freshmen. Calvin’s home opener is scheduled for March 26 against Concordia (Mich.) with its MIAA opener slated for April 5 at Saint Mary’s.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
DANVILLE, KY – After having a pair of games against Mount St. Joseph canceled on Friday, Calvin came out of the gates with energy on Saturday, sweeping a twinbill from host Centre College. Calvin (2-0) claimed the opener 11-7 and then took the nightcap 6-3. In game one, sophomore Lina Avila belted a grand-slam homerun while freshman Trista Brownlee was credited with the pitching victory. In game two, Avila went the distance in the pitching circle for the Maroon and Gold to close out the sweep.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The 2012 preseason MIAA softball coaches’ poll has been announced and Calvin has been picked to finish eighth out of nine teams. Two-time defending champion Alma has been picked to repeat as champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the poll while Adrian is picked to finish second and Trine third. Calvin returns seven letterwinners from its 2011 team that finished 6-28 overall. The Knights welcome in 10 freshmen to the 17-player roster this year. Calvin is scheduled to open its season on March 2 with a doubleheader against Mount St. Joseph in Danville, Kentucky. The Knights open their MIAA season on April 5, traveling to Saint Mary’s for a twinbill.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
For the second straight year, the Calvin softball team and its coaching staff hosted a high school softball clinic inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. This year’s clinic took place on January 21 and included nearly 30 clinic registrants. Although the weather outside was cold, the action inside Calvin’s T & T facility was red-hot as the high school players attending were given expert instruction on fielding, hitting and pitching.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Four members of the 2011 Calvin College softball team have received NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors. The four individuals from that Calvin team to be so honored include Shelby Mast (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS), Heather Sanderson (Rockford/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Malissa Swinkels (Beamsville/Smithville District Christian HS) and Rebekah Kline (Rochester/Oakland Christian HS). The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. This year’s total of 4,331 honorees bested last year’s total by over 30 student-athletes. The membership category with the most participating institutions this year was Division III with 168, while high school led the way in total honorees with 1,160.The 2011 Calvin softball team was led by head coach Sharon DeKleine.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot
As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level. The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website.
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 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. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years.
Of the students, 10 are from Calvin.