Baseball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader With Olivet
Thursday, March 29, 2012
By Andrew Knot
Quiet bats plagued the Knights as they fell by a score of 4-3 in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Olivet.
Jay Magro, Olivet’s starter, set the tone early for the Comets as he mowed through Calvin’s batting order in the game’s early going.
Then, in the second inning, the Comets’ bats caught up to their pitching. Andrew Brawley hit a towering double to left field, one of three on the afternoon, to earn a stand-up leadoff double. Soon thereafter, Justin Pitt knocked a single to left field, scoring Brawley. After a fielder’s choice and two Calvin errors, the Comets had an early 3-0 lead.
Magro continued to have his way on the mound as Calvin did not score until the sixth inning. As in the fifth, Magro walked Calvin’s leadoff batter, putting Jake Van Alten on first. He then stole second. Ben Cok drove in Van Alten with a single to left field, but the Knights’ rally ended with a double play.
Then, in the seventh, the Comets gained a run of insurance off Brawley’s third and final double. The Knights entered the seventh inning trailing by three runs.
Once again, the Knights drew a leadoff walk. Ben Guilfoyle took first based and later scored after a couple errors from the Comets. Ben Wohl then flew out to right field, which allowed Spoelma to tag up and score. But Calvin’s comeback bid fell short as Austin Evenhouse popped out to the second basemen.
Calvin managed just three hits, and Magro walked away with a complete game victory, advancing his record to 2-0. With the Loss, Calvin’s Joe Lambers dropped to 3-2.
Calvin Olivet Baseball Game 2
Just like in the first game, a lack of offensive production hurt the Knights in the second game as they fell to Olivet by a score of 3-2.
Once again, the Comets got on the scoreboard in the second inning, relying on some critical Calvin errors in the process. Two throwing errors scored Olivet’s Andrew Engle and advanced Joel Peters to third. Peters then scored on a wild pitch, and the Comets exited the inning with a 2-0 advantage.
Calvin’s bats continued the silence of the first game. Jake Van Alten’s first innint single remained the Knight’s only base hit until the seventh inning. Olivet had added a run in the sixth, so Calvin now trailed by three runs.
Once more similar to the first game, the Knights were able to generate some offense in the game’s final inning. Ben Cok led off with a single. The subsequent batter, Scott Tipton, flared a single to shallow right field, moving Cok to third. Johnathan Van Byssum grounded out but scored Cok and Steve VanderMolen hit into a fielder’s choice but scored Tipton. Calvin trailed by just a run with a runner in scoring position but, with two outs, Ben Wohl struck out swinging to conclude the game.
After the games, Calvin Manager John Sparks called for more offensive and defensive consistency from his team.
“We need to have that [seventh inning] approach the entire game,” Sparks said of his team’s attitude at the plate. “And we have to avoid the big inning defensively.”
The Knights struck out nine times and had only four hits in the game.
Olivet’s Sean Alexander received the win, moving his record to 3-0. Calvin’s Grant VanderWall pitched a complete game, but the loss drops his record to 0-2.
The Knights are now 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA.