Calvin Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Kalamazoo - Clinches Share of Fourth Place in MIAA

Calvin Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Kalamazoo - Clinches Share of Fourth Place in MIAA

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Calvin split a doubleheader at Kalamazoo on Saturday and assured itself at least a share of fourth place in the final MIAA regular season standings.

With tiebreaker edges with Trine and Alma, the Knights also have an inside track for next week's four-team MIAA Tournament. The MIAA Tournament field will officially be announced Sunday night after the conclusion of conference doubleheaders involving Albion and Trine and Alma and Olivet.

In Saturday's opener, sophomore Jonathan Keane (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central HS) reeled off his third consecutive win as a starting pitcher, tossing shutout ball through six innings and then slamming the door on a Hornet comeback bid in the bottom of the seventh.

Keane gave up three singles in the first but did not allow a run. He was staked to an early 1-0 lead on a solo home run to right off the bat of junior Nate DeZwaan (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian HS).  

Keane did not allow a hit over next five innings to keep the Knights in front. Calvin (19-21 overall, 13-15 MIAA) scored two insurance runs in the top of the seventh as sophomore Beau Redfield (Cedar Springs, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) delivered an RBI double and junior Johnny Salgado (Whittier, Ca./Whittier HS) lashed an RBI single to plate Redfield.

Kalamazoo (28-12 overall, 20-8 MIAA) used a walk, two hits and a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh to close to within a run at 3-2 but Keane closed out the game with a double-play ball turned by Salgado at short and DeZwaan at second.

Keane (4-4) struck out four batters and walked only one while scattering five hits.

In game two, Calvin scored three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Junior Kyle Houts (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake HS) stole home on a double steal with sophomore Miles Kuperus (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) swiping second on the play. Senior Colton Wolfe (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids HS) belted a two-run homer to right two batters later. The home run was the seventh of the season for Wolfe including the 26th of his collegiate career.

Kalamazoo scored two in the bottom of the fifth and six runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead for the win.

Freshman Micah Berlage (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) took the loss for Calvin to dip to 0-2 on the year. Berlage was one of seven pitchers for Calvin in the game two loss.

Wolfe and freshman Logan Marshall (Plymouth, Mich./Salem HS) had two hits apiece for Calvin in the loss.