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Baseball Defeats Davenport

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Calvin got back to the .500 mark with an 8-5 non-conference win over Davenport University Thursday afternoon at Calvin Field. The Knights are now 13-13 on the year, heading into a four-game weekend series with Olivet.

Calvin used a six-run third inning uprising to take command of Thursday’s non-conference contest. Davenport (23-13) scored two runs in the first to take an early 2-0 lead but the Knights tied it with a pair in the bottom of the second as freshman Dan Happ singled in a run and freshman Trent Zwiers drove in another with a suicide squeeze bunt. In the third, Calvin used four hits and three walks to take an 8-2 lead. Junior Scott Tipton had a sacrifice fly in the inning while junior Jake VanAlten and sophomore Ben Cok had run-scoring singles.

Davenport chipped away at Calvin’s lead with single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh but could not come all the way back as a trio of Calvin relievers shut the door on the visiting Panthers with senior Jeff Groenewold gaining his second save of the season with three innings of strong relief.

Freshman Cory Laster picked up the win for the Knights to run his season record to 3-1. Laster struck out two and walked one in two innings of work. Calvin was outhit 8-7 but reaped the benefits of seven walks by the Davenport pitching staff as well as three wild pitches.

Cok and Happ collected two hits apiece to lead the Calvin offensive attack.

Calvin will open up the four-game series with Olivet with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Calvin Field. The doubleheader had been slated to start at 2 p.m. but has been moved to 1 p.m. to beat an oncoming weather pattern brining rain into the Grand Rapids area Friday night.

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