Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Hope
Saturday, April 02, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
Calvin 3, Hope 0
Calvin won the top half of a double-header against rival Hope on Saturday. The victory marked the third consecutive victory for the Knights in a four game series.
Senior Keith Spoelstra pitched a gem on the mound for the Knights,tossing a three-hit complete-game shutout victory. The shutout was the third of Spoelstra’s Calvin career. Despite the shutout, Spoelstra ran into some early trouble.
After walking the lead-off batter, Drew Carmody hit a bloop single to shallow right field. The Dutchmen then executed a double steal and had runners at second and third with no outs. Spoelstra rattled off three clutch outs including a strike out of designated hitter Steve Lewis and escaped the inning unscathed.
Calvin didn’t score in the bottom half of the inning, but found its offense in the bottom of the second. Senior Peter Steiner opened the inning with a double to center field. Sophomore Ben Cok bunted him over and advanced to third on a scoring error, bringing Steiner home. Freshman Dan Happ then bunted Cok him, giving the Knights a 2-0 lead.
From there, Spoelstra started rolling on the mound. He retired 17 consecutive batters from the first to sixth inning.
The Knights would tally another run in the fourth when Scott Tipton laced a single down the left field line.
Spoelstra finished the game with a complete game, three-hit shut-out, leveling his record at 2-2.
“I stuck with my fastball and the defense played a great game behind me,” said Spoelstra.
Hope 15, Calvin 7
Calvin dropped a 15-7 decision to Hope in the final game of a four game series.
The Knights fell behind early on two wild pitches from starter Joe Lambers. But Calvin responded in the second half of the inning. With runners on the corners and no one out, Senior Andrew Bosma reached on an error from Hope’s pitcher Phil Haywood. The Knights then worked a double steal, earning runners on second and third with one out. Scott Tipton hit a double to left field, driving in two. Calvin put up six runs in the first, but struggled to find runs from then on.
Hope put up another run in the second on a sacrifice fly from Josh Kranz. After scoring two in the fourth, the Dutch took the lead in the fifth.
Calvin walked in a run and Drew Carmody drove in two runs to give Hope an 8-7 lead.
Hope wouldn’t look back from there. They rattled off seven more runs off the Knights’ bullpen, all of them unanswered, to conclude the game as 15-7 victors.
Sophomore Tyler Tos went 2-2 with two RBI’s for the Knights. Brett Cavanaugh was given the loss and Haywood took the win.