Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Trine
Saturday, April 30, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
The Knights took the opening half of Saturday’s doubleheader with Trine by a score of 2-1 after a complete game, five-hit performance from junior Joe Lambers.
The game was held at Calvin field because of flooding problems at Trine’s field, but the Knights were listed as visitors on the scoreboard.
Ben Cok became the Knights opening baserunner when he singled up the middle. But his efforts were squandered when Calvin hit into an inning-ending double play.
Trine responded with a hit of their own in the bottom half of the inning but, similar to the Knights, they were unable to translate that to runs.
The Knights put runs on the board in the fourth inning. Senior Andrew Bosma got things started with a singleand sophomore Tyler Tos advanced him to third with a double to center field. Drew Vos bunted him home, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Calvin would score again in the fifth inning. Lead-off hitter Mike Fuller singled and moved to second on a Ryan Smith wild pitch. After moving to third off a Cok bunt, Fuller would score in the same manner.
Trine got one run back in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Beitler reached first on a fielder’s choice that effectively batted in a run. But Lambers would find his groove, striking out Ryan Smith to end the game.
Andrew Bosma was 3-4 for the Knights and scored a run. The win brought Lambers’ record to 2-3 and Smith was given the loss, making him 2-5 on the year.
Calvin squandered a three run lead in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader with Trine, losing 6-5.
Both teams got on the board in the second inning. Scott Tipton sparked the Knights’ offense with a sharp double down the left field line. Freshman Kyle Spoelma’s single to center field would score Tipton from second, putting the Knights’ on the board first.
Trine’s lead-off hitter, Josh Rivera, countered that with an RBI in the bottom half of the inning. His single through the right side scored Mike Sentman.
Calvin broke the game open in the fourth inning. Again, Scott Tipton was the first Knight on base, drawing a walk.
Tos also walked and Tipton took advantage of a Thunder defensive mishap to steal an unmanned second base. Spoelma then knocked in another run. After a Trine pitching change, the Knights picked up right where they left off. Jake VanAlten and Peter Steiner each contributed RBI’s to bring the score to 5-1 going into the bottom of the inning.
Trine got a run back in the bottom of the fourth off a Ryan Smith double, scoring Josh Rivera. But the Thunder did the most of their damage in the sixth. Trailing by three runs, Smith hit another single and Kyle Kleiman walked. After another walk, Brian Hoeper knocked a double to left field and scored two runs. Zachary Ebersole then grounded out to move another run across the plate and Nick Beitler executed a suicide squeeze to bring the winning run across the plate.
In the seventh, the Knights were retired in order to finish out the game.
Jeff Groenewald got the loss for the Knights and Spoelma had another big day at the plate, going 2-3 with two RBI’s.