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Baseball Splits Saturday Games at Alma

Saturday, April 11, 2009

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ALMA – For the second consecutive day, Calvin split a doubleheader with Alma. On Saturday, the Knights traveled up to Alma’s Klenk Park and dropped the opener 11-6 before coming back to win game two 10-5. The split came on the heels of a doubleheader split just the day before in Grand Rapids. The Knights are currently in third place in the MIAA standings with an 8-4 conference record.

In game one, Calvin could not make a 6-0 lead stand up as Alma scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and added five more in the bottom of the fifth to take control of the game. Calvin jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning behind a double from senior Nate Pocock (Wayland, MA) and a pair of Alma errors. The Knights tacked on four more runs in the second, using an RBI single by junior Kyle Gurzynski (Ludington HS), a sacrifice fly by senior Kyle Cousins (Holland Christian HS) and a two-run homer by junior Matt Schepel (Grand Rapids Christian HS) to take a 6-0 lead.

Alma came back with a single run in the bottom of the second and added another run in the bottom of the third. The Scots then broke loose for four runs off three hits and two Calvin errors in the fourth inning to tie the game 6-6. In the fifth, Alma put the game away with five runs on three hits and two more Calvin errors.

Of the 11 runs scored by the Scots, seven were unearned. Freshman Brett Cavanaugh (Western Michigan Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin to fall to 0-1 on the season in relief of starter Keith Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ) who went 2.2 innings of work, surrendering three hits, two runs and two walks. Calvin collected eight hits in defeat while Alma had nine. The two teams also combined for eight errors with Calvin committing five.

Pocock led Calvin at the plate with three hits while freshman catcher Matt Dodrill (Murfreesboro, TN) had two.

In game two, Calvin (11-11 overall, 8-4 MIAA) reaped the benefits of six Alma errors to score six unearned runs. The Knights took a 6-0 lead with six runs in the top of the third with freshman Tyler Berger (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Gurzynski both collecting two-run singles in the inning.

Calvin later added three runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded double by senior Jason May (Chicago, IL) that cleared the bases. In the seventh, Calvin added an insurance run on a triple by Gurzysnki and a run-scoring single by Cousins that Gurzynski home.

Calvin outhit Alma 10-6 in the win but also committed five errors. Pocock got the win on the mound to run his season record to 1-1 with sophomore Jeff Groenewold (Chicago, IL) coming on in relief to help preserve the win.

The Knights return to action on Tuesday when they host Davenport in a non-conference game at Calvin scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

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