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Softball Drops a Pair to Nationally-Ranked Alma Monday Afternoon

Monday, April 25, 2011

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GAME ONE REPORT
(written by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)

By a score of 4-0, the Knights fell short in the first game of a double header against MIAA foe and league co-leader Alma on Monday.

Alma got on the board early.  Lead-off hitter Kelly Koenigsknecht got things started with a single.  She then stole second before Camille Dittmar’s bunt and an ensuing error scored her.

In the top half of the second Erika Brower hit Lauren Davis home.  Alma would tally another run off a Koenigsknecht double, putting the Scots up 2-0.  The Knights’ first six batters went down in order.

Calvin recorded its first base-runner in the bottom of the third when Ashley Oosterink looped a single to shallow right-center field.  The Knights could do nothing with it, however, stranding Oosterink at first.

Oosterink recorded the Knights’ lone two hits.  She notched another single in the bottom of the sixth after she smacked a single off the Scots’ pitcher, Tara Leedy, and reached first safely.

Amanda Schneider drove in the game’s final run in the top of the fifth with a single up the middle.  The Knights went down one-two-three in the bottom half of the inning.

Shelby Mast and the Knights held the Scots scoreless in the top of the seventh but the Knights were unable to muster any offense when they took the plate.  Marie Prins, Lina Avila, and Hannah DeWeerd grounded out in order for the Knights, concluding the game.

Leedy was credited with the win, advancing her record to 14-0.  The loss dropped Shelby Mast to 3-12.

GAME TWO
(Written by sports information student assistant Jordan Brink)

In the second half of Calvin’s twin-bill against the Alma Scots, the Knights lost by a score of 6-1.

In the bottom of the second, Alma scored the first two runs of the game.  The Scots capitalized on a leadoff walk with a Lauren Davis triple and an Erika Brower single.

The following inning Alma put up a three spot sparked by consecutive hits from Rebecca Dewyse and Amanda Schneider.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Scots got on the board once again.  Kelly Koenigsknecht singled to left field for her only hit of the game.  Emily Ross then doubled to bring Koenigsknecht all the around from first.

The lone run put on the scoreboard for the Knights occurred in an eventful top half of the fifth inning.  Sass VanRooyen doubled to right field to get things going. She eventually came around to score when freshman Shelby Sheehan advanced to first on an error.  A walk to Heather Sanderson put another runner on the bases before starting pitcher Louise Rezmer escaped the inning with a huge strikeout.

Louise Rezmer got her ninth win of the season as she improved her record to an impressive 9-1.  Lina Avila was credited with the loss, making her record on the mound 1-7.

Alma, nationally ranked #8 and conference co-leader, was too much to handle for the Knights in both games.  After the game starting pitcher Lina Avila said, “I was very proud of the effort our team put forth today.  We played our hardest and hung with one the better teams in the country.”

Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Trine University for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader.

MIAA SOFTBALL STANDINGS THROUGH 4-25-11 GAMES

Alma 11-1
Hope 10-2
Adrian 11-5
Albion 6-6
Trine 5-5
Saint Mary’s 3-5
Calvin 4-8
Olivet 2-10
Kalamazoo 0-10

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