Baseball Swept by Adrian in Four-Game Weekend Series
Saturday, April 14, 2012
By Andrew Knot
The Knights lost the first end of Saturdayís doubleheader against conference power Adrian by a score of 8-2.
In spite of the lopsided final score, the Knights controlled a majority of the game. Sophomore Jeff Victor was on the mound for Calvin and, through his 5.2 innings, Victor had the Bulldog bats on their heels.
In the second inning, senior Scott Tipton and junior Ben Cok executed a hit-and-run to perfection to put the Knights on the board. Tipton slapped a single up the middle to bring Cok, who had just previously stolen second, around the bases. At the conclusion of two innings, Calvin led by a score of 1-0.
The Knights also threatened in the third. After two singles to start the inning, Calvin had runners on second and third with just one out. Mike Fuller then attempted to bunt Dan Miedema in from home, but Miedema was thrown out at the plate by a step to keep the Knights from scoring.
From there, Victor continued to work through the Bulldog order. It wasnít until the top of the sixth inning that Adrian threatened.
The Bulldogs put two runners on, affecting the end of the day for Victor, who left the game with the potential for a winning result. But a walk, an error and two additional hits surrendered the lead. Calvin trailed 5-1 after the top half of the sixth.
The Knights then went down in order in the sixth, priming Adrian for another big inning. In the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs added three more runs by way of some thrifty base running.
Cok started the bottom of the seventh with some promise. Cok led off with a double down the left field line. He then stole third. The Knights were able to bring him home after Kyle Spoelma hit a sacrifice fly, but Calvin did no further damage, and the game ended by a score of 8-2.
After a complete game, Adrian pitcher Eric Schmidt earned the victory. Corey Laster took the loss for the Knights.
The victory improved Adrianís league-leading record to 20-6 overall and 13-2 in the MIAA. Calvin drops to 10-15 and 5-11 in conference.
Two big innings proved Calvinís undoing as the Knights dropped a 10-3 result at the hands of conference leader Adrian on Saturday.
Adrianís bats got started in the second inning, when the Bulldogs put five runs on the board. Mike Herzog knocked a bases clearing double to left field to score three. Sam Fischer then tripled to bring Herzog around. Finally, Andrew DeLuca sacrificed to score Fischer.
Calvin was able to get a run back in the bottom of the inning when senior Jake Van Alten doubled to score Spencer Schuiling. Later, in the fourth, the Knights capitalized on a string of Adrian errors to score another run.
But the Bulldogs put up another big number in the sixth. Dom Pompey smacked a single to right field that scored two and R.J. Rios added another RBI as Adrian went on to score four. Though the Knights gained a run in the bottom of the inning, Adrian led 9-3 at the end of the inning. Adrian scored once more in the top of the seventh, and Calvin went down in order to conclude the game at 10-3.
Austin Buchmayer earned a win for the Bulldogs for his four innings, allowing only one earned run. Nate Schepers was given the loss for the Knights.
With the win, Adrian stays atop the MIAA with a 21-6 overall record and a 14-2 mark in conference. The loss moves Calvin to 10-16 and 5-11 in conference.