Baseball Splits at Kalamazoo and Splits Four-Game Weekend Series
Saturday, April 07, 2012
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
KALAMAZOO - A 12-hit attack allowed Calvin to gain a 7-1 game two win over Kalamazoo Saturday afternoon, allowing the Knights to gain a doubleheader split and a split of the four-game weekend series.
After dropping the opener 5-4, Calvin took control in game two, scoring two runs in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Meanwhile freshman lefthander Nate Schepers (Holland Christian HS) tossed a complete-game two-hitter to run his season record to 3-1 on the year. Schepers struck out four batters and walked only one.
Calvin (10-12 overall, 5-7 MIAA) grabbed a 2-0 lead behind a double by senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids Christian HS), a run-scoring single by senior Scott Tipton (Stow, OH) and an RBI groundout by junior Drew Vos (Grand Rapids Christian HS). Kalamazoo came back with a run in the bottom of the second but Calvin answered with two runs in the third as junior Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA) singled in Grant Wohl (Plymouth HS) and Cok later added a sacrifice fly to plate freshman Grant VanPutten (Holland Christian HS).
Cok later singled in another run in the fifth and Tipton followed with a two-run RBI single in the sixth to close out the scoring.
In game one, Calvin grabbed a 3-0 first inning lead as Tos drove in a run with a single and Cok then ripped a two-run homer to left.
in the fourth, Calvin moved out to a 4-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by junior Mike Fuller (Sylvania, OH) that brought home freshman Dan Miedema (South Christian HS).
Kalamazoo (10-12 overall, 4-8 MIAA) got back into the game however with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and then took the lead in the fifth on a two-out two-run homer by Drew Ordakowski.
Calvin threatened in the top of the seventh, placing two runners aboard but could not score. Sophomore Jeff Victor (Holland Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin, striking out three in five innings of work.
Cok finished 3-for-5 on the afternoon and in the four-game series, went 6-for-11 (.545) with eight runs batted in.
Calvin returns to action next Friday when it travels to Adrian for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.