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Softball Extends Win Streak to Six Games With Doubleheader Sweep at Olivet

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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OLIVET - Calvin stretched its win streak to six games with a doubleheader sweep at Olivet Tuesday afternoon, winning by scores of 3-0 and 8-0. Calvin’s current six-game win streak is its longest since 2004 when the Knights ripped off an eight-game win streak.

Calvin is now 11-15 overall and 4-4 in the MIAA heading into a Thursday home doubleheader against rival Hope at 3:30 p.m.

Calvin received stellar pitching performances in both of its victories over Olivet Tuesday. In game one, sophomore Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) tossed her first collegiate shutout, scattering five hits, striking out two and walking none in seven innings of work.

Calvin scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Senior Marie Prins (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) put Calvin on the board with a run-scoring double in the fifth that plated freshman Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS) who had singled earlier in the inning.

In the sixth, freshman Kelsey Pollock (Greenville/Belding HS) singled home freshman Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) from second base to make it 2-0. In the seventh, Prins ripped her third home run of the spring, spraying a line drive off the scoreboard hanging above the fence. VanderMeer and Prins were both 2-for-3 in the win.

In game two, Avila tossed her second consecutive shutout as she limited the Comets to three hits in a game that lasted just five innings due to the mercy-rule. Avila struck out three and walked just one in upping her season record to 6-7 on the year.

Calvin collected 12 hits in the win led by junior Hannah DeWeerd (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI’s. Freshman Merin Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a run batted in while Hillbrands and Avila were both 2-for-3 at the plate. Hillbrands scored three runs while Avila belted a triple.

Calvin scored three times in the first, twice in the second, once in the third and two more times in the fourth to help seal the win.

At 4-4 in league play, Calvin is now tied for fifth place in the MIAA standings.

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