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Baseball Drops Two at Otterbein

Sunday, March 15, 2009

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WESTERVILLE, OH—Calvin was unable to hold on to a pair of late-inning leads and in the process dropped both ends of a season-opening doubleheader at Otterbein College Saturday afternoon. In the opener, Calvin carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth but the host Cardinals (3-0) scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and held Calvin scoreless in the top of the seventh to gain a 2-1 win.

In game two, Calvin led 7-3 heading into the top of the seventh but Otterbein struck back with four runs to tie the game and then won the game 8-7 on a walk and a double in the bottom of the eighth.

In game one, junior Ben Sietsema (Northpointe Christian HS) went five strong innings, allowing just four hits while striking out two and walking only one. Sophomore Keith Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ) took the loss in defeat.

Calvin’s only run came in the top of the sixth when junior Matt Schepel (Grand Rapids Christian HS) led off with a single, stole second and later scored on an error by the shortstop.

In the bottom of the seventh, Otterbein scored its two runs on back-to-back walks and subsequent back-to-back singles.

In game two, Calvin overcame a 3-0 deficit with a run in the third, three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to build a 6-3 lead. Junior Chris Dykstra (Unity Christian HS) ripped a two-run RBI single in the fifth and senior Kyle Cousins (Holland Christian HS) later drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. in the top of the sixth, senior Chris Blacklidge (Comstock Park HS) led off with a double and senior Jason May (Chicago, IL) followed with his first collegiate home-run. The Knights added an insurance run in the seventh on a walk and an error but Otterbein struck back with four runs and four hits in the bottom half with the key blow a three-run homer that tied the game at seven.

In the eighth, Otterbein scored the winning run on a one-out walk and a subsequent run-scoring double.

Calvin had eight hits in game two but Otterbein had 11. Sophomore Peter Steiner (Chicago, IL) went the first 4.1 innings before giving way to sophomores Jeff Groenewold (Chicago, IL) and Adam VanOpstall (Calvin Christian HS). Sophomore Derick Vargas (Hialeah, FL) took the loss for Calvin in relief.

Calvin will now prepare for its spring trip to Arizona with its first game scheduled for March 20 against Hamline University.

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