Softball Splits With Saint Mary’s
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Calvin split a doubleheader with visiting Saint Mary’s Tuesday afternoon at the Gainey Athletic Complex, winning the opener 8-2 before dropping the nightcap 3-2. Calvin is now 12-10 on the year and 3-5 in the MIAA.
In game one, junior Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) retired the final 11 batters she faced while belting a two-run homer and a double to lead the Knights to the victory. Avila went 3-for-4 at the plate while allowing just two hits. Calvin had 13 hits in the victory. Freshman catcher Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) also went 3-for-4 while driving in three runs. Sophomore Trista Brownlee (Saginaw/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and freshmen Megan Rozeveld (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) and Ashley Jakus (Muskegon/Muskegon Reeths-Puffer HS) had two hits apiece. Sophomore Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS) also scored three runs.
Calvin scored three runs in the first capped off by a two-run homer by Avila. The Knights added two more runs in the second and three in the sixth to gain the win.
Avila also started game two in the pitcher’s circle and tossed shutout ball through the first four innings. Avila also gave Calvin a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run in the second inning. In the top of the fifth, VanderMeer led off with a double and later scored on a double by Brownlee.
Saint Mary’s (13-11 overall, 3-1-0 MIAA) answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth however including one run that was unearned.
In the top of the seventh, Jakus reached base on a two-out single and then moved to third on a double down the left field line by Brownlee but both runners were stranded on a fly-out to centerfield.
Calvin outhit Saint Mary’s 8-5 in game two but stranded eight runners. The Knights also committed three errors. Brownlee had three of Calvin’s eighth hits while sophomore Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) went 2-for-3 with a double.
Avila took the game two loss to fall to 6-4 on the year.
Calvin is back in action on Thursday as it travels to Goshen for a non-conference doubleheader slated to start at 3:30 p.m.