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Baseball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader at Hope in Season Finale

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor

HOLLAND - The Calvin College baseball teamís season came to an end Saturday in Holland, MI.  The Knights fell in both games of the double-header by scores of 3-0 and 2-1. 

Hope jumped on top in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single by center fielder Chris Klein who went 4-4 in the game.  This proved to be the game winning run as Calvin could not muster a run on five hits.  Senior Scott Tipton went 2-3 on the day as well as freshmen Ben Wohl.  Nate Schepers pitched five innings while striking out as many batters. 

In the second game, Calvin got two runners aboard, but could plate neither.  The game was scoreless through three innings until Hope struck in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Sophomore Chris Blair plated senior Jon Ponte.  The Knights tied the ball game in the top half of the seventh inning when Mike Fuller singled in Ben Cok. 

Hope nearly won the game in the bottom half of the same inning.  The Flying Dutchmen had runners on first and second with one out.  Coach Stu Fritz opted for the sacrifice in attempt to advance the runners.  The sacrifice was poorly done, and Calvin sophomore pitcher Jeff Victor threw out the lead runner at third.  Ben Cok the attempted to throw out the batter, but the throw was lost in the dirt.  Curtis Drozd was waived home.  Calvin junior right fielder Tyler Tos picked up the ball and threw it to first basemen Steve VanderMolen who relayed it to catcher Kyle Spoelma.  Drozd was tagged out at home.

Calvin could not take advantage, however.  The Knights stranded a runner at third in the top of the eighth inning, and Hope plated the game-winning run walk off style.  Jon Ponte scored TJ Klein with a single to right field.

Victor took the loss despite pitching seven and one third innings.  Hope won despite only four hits ; two from Ponte and two from Blair.  Calvin totaled six hits while freshman Grant Van Putten stole his 21st base of the season which ranks as a Calvin single-season record.

The Knights ended up with an overall record of 15-25 (9-19 MIAA). 

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