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Baseball Team Opens Up Cactus Play By Winning Three of Four

Saturday, March 17, 2012

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TUCSON, AZ - Calvin improved to 3-2 on the year with a pair of victories on Friday. Calvin opened play with a 5-3 win over NAIA Dickinson State and then topped Division III Norwich 14-6. On Saturday, Calvin split a doubleheader against defending MIAC champion Hamline, winning game one 11-10 and losing the nightcap 6-2.

In the win over Dickinson State, senior Joe Lambers (Grosse Pointe/Grosse Pointe South HS) picked up the win to up his record to 1-1 on the year. The lanky southpaw went five innings and struck out seven. Sophomore Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludingto HS) later came on to pick up the save in relief. Freshman Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) went 2-for-4 in the win with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Against Norwich, freshman Nate Schepers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) picked up his first collegiate victory, striking out seven batters in six innings of work. Freshman Ben Guilfoyle (Romeoville, IL/Plainfield East HS) and sophomore Brent Zinn (Canton/Plymouth Christian HS) also came on in relief. Senior Jake VanAlten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored to key the Calvin offensive attack. Freshman Dan Miedema (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS), Johnathan VanByssum (Clarendon Hills/Timothy Christian HS) and Spencer Schuiling (Lake Odessa/Lakewood HS) also had two hits apiece with Miedema belting a pair of doubles and VanByssum one.

On Saturday, Calvin split a doubleheader against defending Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Hamline, winning the opener 11-10 and losing the nightcap 6-2.

In game one, Calvin was led by Van Alten and junior Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA/Berean Christian HS) who both went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Senior Scott Tipton (Stow, OH/Cuyahoga Valley Christian HS) had a triple with three runs batted in while Cok and sophomore Kyle Spoelma (Kentwood/South Christian HS) both had triples. Sophomore Grant VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) was credited with the pitching win, upping his season record to 2-0 on the year. Junior Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) came on to earn the save.

In game two, Cok belted an RBI triple while Tipton had a double with two runs batted in but it was not enought to stave off defeat.

Calvin is back in acton on Monday when it takes on Wisconsin-Superior in a doubleheader.

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