Calvin Splits Doubleheader at Trine
Saturday, March 24, 2012
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin baseball team picked up a victory in the opener of an MIAA doubleheader at Trine University Saturday afternoon, winning 9-7. Calvin built an 8-1 lead only to see Trine roar back to within a run at 8-7 heading into the seventh. Calvin tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh however as junior Tyler Tos ripped an RBI single to make it 9-7. Tos (Walnut Creek, CA) finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs.
In the bottom of the seventh, Trine (6-6, 1-1 MIAA) put runners on second and third with two outs but lefthander Cory Laster (Ludington) was able to extinguish the threat on a fly-out to centerfield to pick up his second save of the season.
Senior Joe Lambers (Grosse Pointe) picked up the win for Calvin (6-6, 1-1 MIAA) to run his season record to 3-1. Lambers struck out three and walked two. Senior Scott Tipton (Stow, OH) also had three hits and two RBI’s on the day. Calvin built an 8-1 lead by scoring two runs in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth before Trine scored two in the fifth and four in the sixth to make the game interesting.
In game two, Calvin suffered a hard-luck 1-0 defeat as the host Thunder scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore pitcher Grant VanderWall took the loss despite a strong pitching performance.
VanderWall (2-1) allowed just three hits in six innings of work but two of the three hits came in the sixth inning and combined with an error, allowed the Thunder to take a 1-0 lead. In the seventh, Calvin placed the tying run on second base with two outs could not bring the runner home.
The two teams play again on Monday in a doubleheader at Calvin slated to start at 2 p.m.