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Baseball Drops Both Ends of a Doubleheader With Kalamazoo

Saturday, April 16, 2011

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Two days after being swept by Calvin, Kalamazoo turned the tables on the Knights, taking both ends of a doubleheader on a rain-slickened Calvin Field Saturday afternoon. Kalamazoo took game one 5-4 behing a late-game rally and then feasted on six Calvin errors to gain an 11-3 game two win. With the sweep, Kalamazoo moves into a tie for second place with Hope at 8-6 in the MIAA standings while Calvin falls back into fourth place, dipping to 8-8 in conference play and 12-13 overall. Saturday’s doubleheader was scheduled to be played at Kalamazoo on Saturday but was moved to Calvin because of unplayable field conditions at Kalamazoo. Although Calvin played on its home field Saturday, the Knights were the visiting team in each game.

In game one, Calvin grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double by sophomore Tyler Tos and a sacrifice fly by senior Andrew Bosma. Kalamazoo answered right back however with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth, using four hits and a walk to take a 4-3 lead. Kalamazoo then scored an imprortant insurance run in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead. Calvin rallied in the top of the seventh, placing runners on second and third with one out. Sophomore Ben Cok delivered in one run on a sacrifice fly to deep left to make the score 5-4 but Kalamazoo reliever Jake Holloway was able to bear down to gain a strikeout to extinguish the threat and gain the save.

Senior Peter Steiner was 2-for-3 for Calvin the loss while junior Joe Lambers (0-3) took the loss in five innings of work for the Knights.

In game two, six Calvin errors led to nine unearned Kalamazoo runs.  Calvin held early momentum on the strength of a two-run homer to left by Steiner in the top of the third that gave the Knights a 3-2 lead but Kalamazoo scored four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 6-3 lead and never looked back. The Hornets added two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to close out the scoring.

Tos had two of Calvin’s six hits in the loss. Steiner’s homerun was his second of the spring. Freshman Grant VanderWall took the loss for Calvin to fall to 2-2 on the year.

Calvin will host Davenport University on Tuesday in a non-conference (nine inning) game at Calvin Field.

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