Knights Fall at IWU Tournament Despite Belting Homeruns
Saturday, April 09, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, IL - Calvin dropped a pair of games at the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament on Saturday, falling to the host Titans 9-4 and then falling to Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1-2. In its opener against Illinois Wesleyan, Calvin (4-16) took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by freshman Lina Avila.
Illinois Wesleyan came back with three runs in the bottom of the third however to take a 3-1 lead. In the fourth, sophomore Bekah Kline belted her third homerun of the spring but Illinois Wesleyan scored five in the fourth and one in the fifth to take control. Calvin scored two runs in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by senior Heather Sanderson and junior Marie Prins. Sophomore Shelby Mast took the loss for Calvin, striking out nine batters in six innings of work. Sanderson, Kline and Prins had two hits apiece for Calvin.
In the loss to Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Calvin trailed just 5-2 through six innings but Oshkosh scored seven times in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Prins had a pair of hits for Calvin including her third homerun of the year. Avila took the loss for Calvin while Mast struck out six batters in relief.
As a team, Calvin has not hit 15 homeruns - its highest team total in 20 years.
Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it travels to rival Hope for a 3:30 p.m. conference doubleheader.