Baseball Takes Two From Alma - Moves Within a Game of Fourth Place in MIAA Standings
Monday, May 10, 2010
Calvin used back-to-back pitching gems to move within a game of fourth place in the MIAA standings, sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Alma Monday afternoon at Calvin Field. Calvin won the opener 2-1 behind a three-hit complete-game pitching performance by junior Peter Steiner (Chicago, IL/Glenbrook South HS). Calvin won the nightcap 5-2 behind a sterling effort by freshman Eric Poencet. Steiner carried a no-hitter through four innings with the Scots (10-28 overall, 6-20 MIAA) breaking through for their first hit and only run in the fifth inning. Calvin (17-20 overall, 13-13 MIAA) scored a run in the second on an RBI groundout by freshman Drew Vos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and added another in the third on a run-scoring single by junior Tyler Berger (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS).
In the sixth, Steiner stranded an Alma runner at third and then set the side down in order in the seventh to record his fifth victory of the year against three defeats. Steiner struck out seven batters and walked just two in the win. Steiner also helped his own cause at the plate with a pair of hits while Berger had two hits as well.
In game two, freshman Eric Poencet (Grand Rapids/Northview HS) came within three outs of a no-hitter as he entered the seventh without allowing a hit and holding a 5-0 lead. Poencet’s no-hit bid was broken up however on a bloop single to left by Joseph Yourchock. Poencet struck out the next batter but the Scots then used two singles, an error and a walk to creep to within 5-2 and also fill the bases. Sophomore Joe Lambers (Grosse Pointe/Grosse Pointe South HS) then came on in relief and got the Knights out of the jam with a strikeout and a pop-up to shortstop to gain his second save of the season.
Poencet (3-1) was the winner, striking out six and walking two.
Calvin collected eight hits in the win led by Vos and senior Kyle Gurzyski (Ludington/Ludington HS) who collected two hits apiece. Gurzysnki doubled in two runs in the sixth while Vos had an RBI single in the fourth.
Junior Andrew Bosma (Holland/Holland Christian HS) drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the first, raising his season RBI total to 33. With 33 RBI’s, Bosma is now tied for sixth place on the Calvin single-season list.
With the pair of victories, Calvin moved to within a game of fourth place Albion (14-14 MIAA). Calvin will travel to Alma on Tuesday for a season-ending doubleheader at 2 p.m. The Knights can gain a share of fourth place in the final MIAA standings with a win over Alma and can gain sole possession of fourth place with a doubleheader sweep.