Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Trine Now 7-7 Overall and 2-2 in the MIAA
Monday, March 26, 2012
By Andrew Knot
Calvin’s baseball squad took the first end of Monday’s doubleheader with a 7-2 victory over Trine.
Trine drew first blood in the top of the second when Matt Zurbriggen completed a hit and run to bring the opening run across the plate.
The Knights responded immediately. Ben Cok led off the inning with a single between the third basemen and the shortstop. After a couple errors, Cok had reached third. In the next at-bat, Kyle Spoelma laced a double to right center, which drove in two runs. Jack Jorgenson crossed the plate a batter later and Grant Van Putten singled to bring in another run. At the conclusion of the inning, Calvin had seized a 4-2 lead. The Knights extended that run by a lead an inning later when Jorgenson singled to bring Cok home.
Trine would add another run in the fourth, but never threatened to contend thanks in large part to the play of Calvin’s infield. The Knights scored their seventh run in the sixth inning and held on to win by a score of 7-2. Overall, the Knights turned four double plays on the afternoon. After the game, Manager John Sparks noted his team’s defensive improvement.
“We challenged the infielders prior to the game to step up. They came through,” said Sparks after the game.
Sophomore Jeffrey Victor was credited with the win. In six innings, he allowed just eight hits and two earned runs.
The Knights lost the second half of Monday’s twinbill with Trine in the game’s late stages.
The pitchers set the game’s tone in its early innings. Calvin Freshman Nate Schepers was strong in the game’s first five innings and allowed only two hits in his 5.1 innings stint.
Trine’s Braxton Siddons was effective in the first three innings, but Calvin was able to crack him in the fourth. Jake Jorgenson got on base after a walk and the Knight’s moved him to third base. Drew Vos’ then laid down a picture perfect safety squeeze bunt to score Jorgenson. Grant Van Putten and Jake Van Alten knocked singles to score runs. Calvin led 3-0 at the end of the fourth.
But Trine found an answer in the sixth. A series of walked and hit batters loaded the bases and Calvin was unable to stop the Thunder run. At the end of the inning, the Knights had conceded six runs.
From there, Calvin was unable to chip away at the deficit. The game ended by a score of 6-3.
Jake Rightnowar got the win for the Thunder and Schepers drew a loss. After splitting the two-game series, both Calvin and Trine claimed 7-7 records.