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Softball Drops Pair of Games at Wheaton Invitational

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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WHEATON, IL - The Calvin softball team dropped a pair of games at the Wheaton Invitational Saturday afternoon, falling to the University of Chicago 8-0 and to host Wheaton 6-0. In the loss to Chicago, Calvin was limited to four hits. Sophomore Lina Avila (2-5) took the loss. Calvin’s hits came from Christie VanderMeer, Marie Prins, Catherine Hillbrands and Danae Miedema. In the loss to Wheaton, Calvin gave up 12 hits and was credited for three. Trista Brownlee took the loss for the Knights. Picking Up hits for Calvin were Merin Cok, Miedema and Meghan Smith. The Knights are now 5-11 on the year and return to action next Thursday at Saint Mary’s College.

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Long Ball Not Enough to Propel Calvin to Victory in Doubleheader With Concordia

Monday, March 26, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

On a sun-filled Monday afternoon, Calvin hosted the Concordia University Cardinals for its season home opener. The Knights entered the doubleheader at 5-7 on the year, while the Cardinals came in at 8-13. Concordia came out on top in both games, winning 6-4 and 6-5. The doubleheader was not without highlights for Calvin as the Knights blasted three homeruns - one by senior Marie Prins in game one and two from sophomore Lina Avila in game two. Avila now has seven homeruns through 12 games. Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Wheaton for a triangular. Calvin will face both Wheaton and Chicago at the triangular.

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Softball Splits Final Four Games in Tucson - Heads Home With 5-7 Overall Record

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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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.

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Softball Splits Tuesday Contests in Tucson - Belts Five Homers on the Day

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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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.

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Softball Team Drops Pair of Games in Tucson

Saturday, March 17, 2012

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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.

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Sharon DeKleine Previews 2012 Calvin Softball Season

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Sharon DeKleine Audio Interview

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.

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Softball Sweeps Twinbill From Centre in Season Opener

Sunday, March 04, 2012

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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.

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Calvin Softball Team Picked to Finish 8th in MIAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Friday, February 24, 2012

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2012 Calvin Softball Schedule

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.

2012 Calvin Softball Roster

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January Softball Clinic Another Success for Calvin Softball Team

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

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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.

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Four Members of 2011 Calvin Softball Team Receive NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete Honors

Friday, October 21, 2011

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NFCA Academic Honor Roll List

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.

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