One-Hitter by Spoelstra Gives Calvin Baseball Team Doubleheader Split With Kalamazoo
Saturday, April 17, 2010
A dominating one-hit pitching performance by Calvin junior Keith Spoelstra allowed the Knights to split a doubleheader with visiting Kalamazoo Saturday and win three of four in the series. A native of Oakland, New Jersey, Spoelstra (Eastern Christian HS) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up a one-out solo homerun to right by Kalamazoo’s Alex Crook. Spoelstra retired the final eight batters however, facing just one batter above the minimum in gaining his fourth victory of the year. Spoelstra (4-2) struck out five batters and walked one. He is now 3-1 in league play with a 1.35 earned run average against conference opponents.
Spoelstra received all the run support he would need in the bottom of the second inning as freshman Drew Vos (Grand Rapids Christian HS) ripped a two-run homer to right that also scored freshman Ben Cok (Grand Rapids Christian HS) who had reached base on a two-out walk. Cok then drove in an an insurance run in the sixth, blooping a single to left that scored sophomore Tyler Berger (Grand Rapids Christian HS) who led off the inning with a single.
Cok and Vos both had two hits in the game two win.
In game one, Kalamazoo (10-14 overall, 5-11 MIAA) grabbed early control with a run in the first and five more in the second to take a 6-0 lead. The Hornets chased Calvin starter Jeff Groenewold (Chicago, IL) in the fourth inning after Calvin (10-14 overall, 7-9 MIAA) had whittled the lead down to 7-4. Kalamazoo added an important insurance run in the fourth to go up 8-4. Calvin then scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to creep to within 8-6 and had the bases loaded with one out but a strikeout and a pop-up ended the comeback bid for the Knights.
Kalamazoo collected 15 hits off of three Calvin pitchers in the win. Calvin was credited with five hits and reaped the benefits of three Kalamazoo errors to score three unearned runs. Kalamazoo’s pitching staff also issued six walks. Junior Andrew Bosma (Holland Christian HS) drove in a pair of runs while seniors Rob Kool (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Kyle Gurzynski (Ludington HS) also drove in one run apiece.
At 7-9 in league play, Calvin is now in sole possession of fifth place in the MIAA standings, one game ahead of 6-10 Alma and two games behind third place Albion (9-7) and Trine (9-7).
Calvin returns to action on Monday when it travels to Davenport for a non-conference game scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.