Baseball Drops Both Ends of a Doubleheader With Aquinas at Fifth/Third Ballpark
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
(written by Sports Information Student Assistant Jordan Brink)
The Calvin Knights dropped the opening game of their annual double header at Fifth Third Ballpark with the Aquinas Saints 8-3.
Mike Fuller started off the game with a leadoff single to right before Ben Cok hit a towering ground rule double to left. With two runners in scoring position, Peter Steiner brought home the first run of the ballgame with a RBI groundout to the shortstop. A single by Andrew Bosma brought around Cok for the second run of the inning. The hot start for the Knights contiued with starting pitcher Cory Laster, who had a quick 1-2-3 bottom half of the first.
The Saints responded in the second with three consecutive singles by Michael Wood, Ryan Grigonis, and Nick Papes respectively. The following inning an Austin King single and a Ryan Grigonis double capped a two-run bottom of the third. Aquinas didn’t stop there, pouring in five runs on four hits over the next two innings.
The only other run for Calvin came in their final at bat. Scott Tipton scored on a single from David Norman.
Cory Laster received the loss, dropping his record to 3-2 on the season. Tyler Cole threw three scoreless innings to improve his record to 4-2.
Sophomore Mike Fuller was 2-2 with two singles and two walks and Ben Cok went 2-3. Both Fuller and Cok scored for Calvin; the only other runner to cross the plate was Scott Tipton.
The loss dropped Calvin’s overall record to 19-16, while Aquinas improved to 23-16-1.
(written by Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot)
In the second half of a double-header held at Fifth Third Ballpark, the Aquinas Saints defeated the Calvin Knights by a score of 5-1.
Aquinas got on the board without hesitation. The Saints scored the game’s first run in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Austin King reached first on a single to left field and was eventually scored on a Greg Baranyai sacrifice fly. Catcher Kyle Spoelma concluded the inning when he threw out Brent Butgereit on his attempt to steal second.
The Saints added two more runs in the second. Kyler Kolb’s single scored Steve Crawford and Jimmy McDonagh crossed the plate after a wild pitch.
The Knights put runners on base in each of the first two innings via an Aaron Velzen walk and a hard-hit double down the third base line from David Noorman. Calvin was unable to score the runners however.
Aquinas would bring three more runners home. Butgereit scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brent Steele, who later scored off a throwing error from the Knights.
Calvin finally put a run on the board in the fourth inning. Two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases and Drew Vos drew a walk to bat in a run. The Knights then stranded three runners.
The 5-1 score would hold with Calvin losing by that number. Calvin starter Brett Cavanaugh got the loss and Brian Loper earned the win for the Saints.
Calvin returns to action on Friday when it hosts a conference doubleheader against Alma at 2 p.m.