Calvin Baseball Bows out of MIAA Tournament With 11-inning 4-3 Loss to Trine
Thursday, May 09, 2013
HOLLAND - The 2013 Calvin baseball season came to an end with a 4-3 loss in 11 innings in an elimination game at the MIAA Tournament at Hope College Thursday afternoon. Calvin finishes the season with an overall record of 16-25. Calvin was making its first appearance in the MIAA Tournament this week. The Knights were defeated by Hope 7-3 in a first round game Wednesday.
In Thursday’s loss to Trine, Calvin outhit the Thunder 11-7 but stranded 10 base runners. Calvin also failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning as the Thunder scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game and then scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th.
Calvin trailed 1-0 but scored a pair of runs in the sixth as senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) delivered a two-run RBI single to right field. In the seventh, Calvin added an insurance run on a two-out RBI double to left by sophomore Grant Van Putten (Holland/Holland Christian HS).
In the top of the eighth, Trine rallied for a pair of runs to tie the game with one run charged to starter Grant Vander Wall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) and the other to relief pitcher Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington HS).
Calvin then had runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth but could not bring home a run. Trine then broke through in the 11th, using a leadoff single, a error on a sacrifice bunt that placed runners on first and third, and a subsequent groundout that brought the run home.
Senior Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA/Berean Christian HS) came up with a two-out single in the bottom half of the inning but was stranded at first.
Junior Jeff Victor (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took the loss despite throwing 3.1 innings of solid relief. Grant Vander Wall went the first 7.1 innings and was charged with two runs - both earned.
Tos closed out his Calvin career with three hits in four trips to the plate while scoring a pair of runs. Van Putten also went 3-for-6 on the day to raise his final season batting average to .426.
Tos was one of three Calvin seniors to close out their collegiate careers on Thursday as senior Mike Fuller (Sylvania, OH/Southview HS) and Cok also played in their final collegiate games.
Cok finished the year with 32 walks - a new Calvin single-season record. He also finished his career with 106 walks - also a new Calvin record. In addition, he finished second on the Calvin career list in at bats (453) and runs scored (101) while also placing fourth in career home runs (11), total bases (203) and runs batted in (82) as well as fifth in doubles (23) and eighth in total hits (127).
Van Putten’s final season average of .426 is the third-highest single-season average in Calvin history, surpassed only by the .442 average of Ken Stuursma in 1987 and the .463 mark of T. J. Cummings in 1994. His season total of 63 hits is also a new Calvin single-season record as is his season total of 23 stolen bases. Van Putten now has 44 career stolen bases and is the Calvin career record holder in that category as well. In addition, his 41 runs scored this spring is the second-highest single-season total in Calvin baseball history. Finally, his total of 85 total bases is also second on the Calvin single-season list.