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Baseball Takes Two from Alma in Twinbill at Calvin - Van Putten Sets Calvin Career Stolen Base Mark

Monday, April 22, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Calvin baseball hosted the Scots of Alma for a doubleheader on Monday afternoon. After dropping a game against the Scots last Friday in weather which featured snow flurries and near freezing temperatures, Monday’s outcomes contrasted as much with last Friday as the weather, with the Knights taking game one 4-3 and game two 13-5 under sunny skies.

In game one, Alma jumped out to an early lead as they scored one run in the top of the first. After the Scots added another run in the top of the third to extend their lead to 2-0, Calvin responded with three runs in the bottom of the third, including a two-run RBI single hit between third base and shortstop by senior Ben Cok to take a 3-2 lead.

Alma scored a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.

Freshman Michael Kamp then led off the the bottom of the seventh with a single. Tyler Tos hit a bunt down the first base line to move Kamp over to second while reaching first safely. A sacrifice bunt from sophomore Grant Van Putten then moved the runners over to second and third, and an intentional walk to freshman Travis Kraai set up Cok with a bases loaded situation and just one out in the inning. 

The senior came through, hitting the ball through the same gap as he had in the third to give the Knights a walk-off win.

Senior Jack Jorgenson earned the win out of the bullpen with a scoreless inning of relief.

Sophomore Nate Schepers started the game, pitching six innings, giving up one earned run while striking out five.

Cok was 2-for-4 with three RBI in game one while Kamp was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

In game two, Alma again plated a run in the top of the first to take the early lead.

In the bottom of the first, Calvin took a run back on some great base-running by Van Putten. Reaching base on a bloop infield single, Van Putten stole second, third, and home to not only tie the game at 1-1 but move into first on the Calvin career stolen-base list with 41 for his career.

Calvin then scored five runs in the bottom of the second and three more in the third to extend its lead to 8-1.

In the top of the fifth, Alma got three runs back to cut the Knights advantage to 8-4. Calvin responded with three of its own in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the sixth to take a 13-4 lead.

The Scots scored one run in the top of the seventh to cut Calvin’s lead to 13-5 before the Knights recorded the final outs to earn the victory.

In game two, Kraai was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while freshman Tyler Lambers was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Junior Kyle Spoelma was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while Van Putten went 2-for-4 with four runs scored. Junior Cory Laster earned the win, pitching four and a third innings, giving up one earned run and striking out three.

“Two big games for us to stay in the conference race,” said head coach John Sparks. “(In game one), we found a way to get some guys on late in the game and of course Ben (Cok) came through with the game-winning hit. We’ve gone through a dry streak with our bats which have been good overall all year, and it was nice to see us break out (in game two) going into our next series against Albion.”

With the pair of wins, Calvin moves to 12-17 overall and 11-8 in the MIAA, while Alma drops to 10-16 and 6-11 in conference play.

The Knights will host the Britons of Albion on Thursday for a doubleheader scheduled to start at 2 p.m. before traveling to Albion on Saturday, with another twinbill scheduled for 1 p.m.

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