Calvin Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Sewanee - Rypel Picks Up Win #100

Calvin Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Sewanee - Rypel Picks Up Win #100

Knoxville, Tn. - Calvin split a doubleheader with Sewanee on Wednesday, dropping the opener 4-3 in 10 innings before coming back to top the Tigers 11-4 in 11 innings in game two.

Game two provided a milestone moment as it marked the 100th collegiate victory for Calvin head baseball coach John Rypel.

In game one, Calvin took a 3-0 lead with senior Colton Wolfe (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids HS) belting his second home run of the spring. Sewanee (12-10) rallied to win the game in extra innings.

Sophomore Clay Franciso (Delton, Mich./Thornapple Kellogg HS) went the first two innings with junior Jamie Bristol (Grand Rapids, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) coming on in relief.

Junior catcher Kyle Houts (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake HS) had two hits to lead the Calvin plate attack. Freshman Trevor VanDuyn (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) took the loss for Calvin in relief to fall to 2-2 on the year.

In game two, Calvin erupted for seven runs in the top of the 11th inning to pull away for the extra-innings win. Freshman Jeremy Clark (San Diego, Ca./Mt. Carmel HS) came up with a key two-out hit in the 11th inning to ignite the 7-run Knight outburst.

Clark and Houts both had two hits for the Knights. Senior Mike Kempton (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg HS) had four hits, continuing his early season hitting spree.

Sophomore Jonathan Keane (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central HS) started the game on the hill and tossed six strong innings. Freshman Mike Kool (Sturgis, Mich./Centreville HS) picked up the win, throwing four innings of relief. Sophomore Jimmy Dirksen (Portage, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian HS) sealed the win by pitching the final frame for the Knights.

The victory wrapped up a five-day trip through Tennessee for Calvin (4-6). Wednesday's doubleheader was played at Smokies Park, home of the Double A Tennessee Smokies minor league club. After the game, Rypel gave a brief team speech to the Knights on the team bus. "I joked and told them I hope it doesn't take me as long to get to 200 wins as it took me to get to 100 wins," said Rypel. "The guys had a great time playing in a professional baseball park today. Our trip as a whole has been a really good experience. Every one of the opponents we played had a winning record. That competition will only help us as we head into our league schedule."

Calvin is scheduled to open its MIAA campaign on Saturday when it hosts Trine University at 1 p.m. at Calvin Field.