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Baseball Sweeps Four-Game Series From Olivet

Saturday, April 23, 2011

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OLIVET – Calvin completed a four-game weekend sweep of Olivet Saturday afternoon, defeating the Comets 3-2 and 5-3 in a conference doubleheader. The pair of victories came on the heels of a doubleheader sweep over Olivet Friday afternoon that saw the Knights win by scores of 7-4 and 4-2. Calvin is now 17-13 overall and in second place in the MIAA standings with a 12-8 conference record.

Calvin received stellar pitching performances in all four games of the series. In Saturday’s opener, junior lefthander Joe Lambers tossed a complete-game one-hitter to pick up his first victory of the season. Olivet scored a run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead .

Calvin tied the game in the top of the fifth on a groundout by sophomore Tyler Toss that plated pinch-runner David Noorman who had moved to third base on an error and then scored on the grounder by Tos. Two batters later, senior first baseman Peter Steiner then delivered a two-run homer – his third long ball of the spring – to give Calvin a 3-1 lead. Olivet later scored on a wild pitch in the sixth but Lambers was able to work a one-two-three seventh to complete the one-run victory.

In game two, freshman Grant VanderWall went five innings to gain his third victory of the spring while seniors Derick Vargas and Jeff Groenewold each tossed one inning of relief.

Calvin scored a pair of runs in the first as sophomore Ben Cok boomed his third triple of the spring and later scored on an error with Steiner later reaching base on a walk and also scoring on an Olivet error. The Comets tacked on two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Calvin came back with two runs in the top of the second to grab a 4-2 lead as Steiner drew a bases-loaded walk and senior Andrew Bosma delivered a run-scoring single. Calvin added an insurance run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Steiner.

Olivet scored an unearned run in the sixth off of Vargas but did no further damage as Groenewold pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up his third save of the season.

Calvin had seven hits in the victory while Olivet had just four.

Calvin returns to action next Thursday when it travels to Trine University for a conference doubleheader slated to start at 2 p.m.

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