Baseball Swept in Twinbill by Nationally-Ranked Rose-Hulman Institute
Saturday, March 13, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, IN—In its season debut, the Calvin baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at nationally-ranked Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, falling 5-1 and 12-1. Ranked 16th in the most recent d3baseball.com Top 25 poll, Rose-Hulman jumped on Calvin for four runs in the opening three innings of game one to build a 4-0 lead.
The host Engineers (7-1) scored twice on three hits in the first inning against Calvin starter Ben Sietsema (Northpointe Christian HS). Rose-Hulman then added single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Calvin scored in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by senior Kyle Gurzysnki (Ludington HS) that plated freshman Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA) who had reached base on an error.
Sietsema took the loss for Calvin, allowing nine hits in five innings of work. Junior Jeff Groenwold (Chicago, IL) tossed one inning of scoreless relief.
In game two, Rose-Hulman rapped out 16 hits off of four Calvin pitchers. Calvin picked up just one hit - a solo homerun by sophomore Tyler Berger (Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the top of the first inning. Junior Keith Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ) took the loss for Calvin with sophomore Brett Cavanaugh (Western Michigan Christian HS), junior Derick Vargas (Hialeah, FL) and junior Cody Batchelor (Durango, CO) also seeing time in relief.
Calvin returns to action a week from today when it takes on Western Connecticut State in a doubleheader slated to start at noon in Vero Beach, Florida. The twinbill will kick off Calvin’s five-day spring break trip to Florida.