Calvin Baseball Swept by Hope in Saturday Doubleheader

Calvin Baseball Swept by Hope in Saturday Doubleheader

HOLLAND, Mich. - Calvin dropped both ends of a Saturday doubleheader at rival Hope Saturday afternoon, falling 11-2 and 5-3. The twinbill came one day after Calvin had taken a pair of games from the Flying Dutchmen in Grand Rapids.

Saturday's doubleheader concluded the four-game weekend series.
Hope (12-6 overall, 5-3 MIAA) pounded out 15 hits in the game one win over Calvin (8-10 overall, 4-4 MIAA) Saturday.

Calvin scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run RBI double to right by junior Nate DeZwaan (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian HS). Hope answered with three runs in the third, five in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth to complete the win.

Calvin was limited to six hits by Hope Eric Plaehn (4-0) who struck out seven and walked just two.

Freshman Mike Kool (Sturgis, Mich./Centreville HS) took the loss for Calvin to dip to 2-1 on the season.

In game two, Calvin outhit Hope 11-9 but stranded 10 base runners and grounded into three double plays. The final double play came in the top of the ninth with the Knights threatening with two runners aboard and only one out.

Hope scored a run in the first but Calvin tied the game with a solo home run to right by senior Colton Wolfe (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids HS) in the top of the fourth. The home run was fifth of the season for Wolfe and the 24th of his collegiate career.

Hope's Tanner Gilmore launched a two-run home to right in the bottom of the fourth inning however, giving the Flying Dutchmen a 3-1 lead. Hope added another run in the fifth with Calvin scoring an unearned run in the sixth.

Kool later drove in sophomore Beau Redfield (Cedar Springs, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) with an infield single in the eight to bring the Knights within a run at 4-3 but Hope came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the eighth and held on from there for the win.

Junior Johnny Salgado (Whittier, Ca./Whittier HS) had three of Calvin's 11 hits while Wolfe had two.

Sophomore Jonathan Keane (Broofield, Wisc./Brookfield Central HS) went seven strong innings but took the hard-luck loss to fall to 0-3 on the year. Keane struck out eight batters and walked none.

Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts Illinois Tech at 4 p.m. in a non-conference game.