Adrian Takes Two From Calvin Baseball Team
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The defending MIAA champion Bulldogs of Adrian jumped on Calvin for a pair of victories Saturday afternoon at Calvin Field, defeating the Knights 9-3 and 7-2 in the MIAA openers for both teams.
Adrian (7-5 overall, 2-0 MIAA) grabbed the early momentum in both games, scoring two runs in the first inning of game one and six runs in the first inning of game two. In game one, Adrian scored two runs in the first and two more in the third before Calvin (3-7 overall, 0-2 MIAA) scored a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by senior Kyle Gurzynski (Ludington HS). Adrian came back with two in the sixth and three more in the seventh to build a commanding 9-1 lead. Freshman Ben Cok (Grand Rapids Christian HS) then provided a late-game highlight by blasting his first collegiate homerun - a two-run shot over the left field wall that plated junior Matt Dodrill (Murfreesboro, TN) who led off the inning with a walk.
Senior Ben Sietsema (Northpointe Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin to fall to 0-3 on the season. Sietsema struck out three batters and walked five in six innings of work. Sophomore Brett Cavanaugh (Western Michigan Christian HS) also tossed one inning of relief for the Knights. Senior Ryan Domschot (2-1) was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs, striking out seven and walking two in six innings of work.
In game two, Adrian used three hits, two walks, one hit batter and a Calvin error to score six runs in the top of the first inning against Calvin starter Peter Steiner (Chicago, IL). Steiner then settled down, allowing just one run and four hits over the next five innings. Calvin scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, using an RBI single by Gurzynski and and a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Jake VanAlten (Holland Christian HS) that scored a run.
Calvin outhit Adrian 9-7 in the game two loss but stranded 12 runners. Junior Andrew Bosma (Holland Christian HS) and Gurzynski both went 2-for-4 for Calvin in the loss. Junior Cody Batchelor (Durango, CO) also tossed one inning of scoreless relief. Steiner (1-1) took the loss, striking out four and walking two. Calvin committed three errors in the game that led to three unearned runs.