Softball Sweeps Twinbill from Visiting Olivet Friday Afternoon
Friday, April 12, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin softball hosted the Comets of Olivet Friday afternoon for a conference doubleheader. Calvin used two big innings of six runs and eight runs, respectively, to defeat Olivet in game one, 17-4. In game two, aggressive base running and 16 total stolen bases aided the Knights to a 13-5 victory.
In game one, the Comets scored the first run of game one in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Calvin responded with a six run bottom of the first, highlighted by a 2-RBI double by junior Janelle Agren, to take a 6-1 lead. Olivet chipped away at the Calvin lead in the second and third innings, adding a run apiece to cut the Knights advantage to 6-3.
In the bottom of the third, the Knights plated eight more runs to take the 14-3 lead. Sophomore Christie VanderMeer had a 2-RBI single in the third while Agren again hit a 2-RBI double.
Three more runs by Calvin in the fourth and some strong pitching in relief by sophomore Trista Brownlee gave the Knights a 17-3 lead heading into the fifth.
The Comets scored one run in the fifth but could not cut into the Calvin lead any more and the Knights earned the 17-4 mercy-rule victory.
In game one, Calvin was led offensively Agren who was 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored. Junior Lina Avila was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and two runs scored while VanderMeer was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Junior Caitlin Callow earned the win in the circle for the Knights.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Calvin scored two runs in the top of the second to open up the scoring. The Comets responded with two of their own in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 2-2.
In the top of the third, the Knights scored four runs, with two coming on a 2-RBI single from Avila.
In the fourth inning, Calvin again plated four runs, thanks to aggressive base-running as the Knights stole five bases in one half-inning. In the middle of the fourth, Calvin held a 10-2 lead.
Olivet did not go away quietly, however, and the Comets responded with three runs to cut the Knights advantage to 10-5.
Calvin then scored one in the sixth on a solo home run from freshman Ashley Reimersma, and two in the seventh, one on a solo home run by Agren, to take a 13-5 lead. Brownlee then shut the Comets down on defense to close out the 13-5 victory.
In game two, sophomore Catherine Hilbrands was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI while Brownlee was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, one RBI and five stolen bases. Brownlee also earned the win in the circle, pitching four and two-thirds innings, striking out three, allowing two hits and giving up only one earned run.
“It was fun to get some people on base. Our players were aggressive on the bases and made Olivet’s mistakes hurt them,” said head coach Sharon DeKleine. “With proper hitting, we bounced out of not scoring a lot of runs by scoring a lot of runs today.”