GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin baseball team picked up a key victory in the MIAA race on Thursday afternoon. The Knights took the first game of the series of the MIAA-leading Bulldogs of Adrian, 4-0. The Bulldogs bounced back with a 6-4 victory in game two. The Knights move to 11-13 on the year and 9-5 in MIAA play. The Bulldogs are now 18-5 in 2018 and 12-2 in MIAA play.
Junior Ryan Pena (Lake Forest, Calif./J Serra Catholic) started the scoring on Thursday in the second inning with a blast over the fence in left-center field with his first home run of the year.
The Knights added three more runs in the third inning. A throwing error allowed senior James Boice (Grand Rapids, Mich./Kelloggsville) and senior Ryan Stewart (Shelby, Mich./Parkway Christian) to safely cross home plate. Senior Nate DeZwaan (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian) singled to center field to score sophomore Quinn Hyndiuk (Elm Grove, Wis./Brookfield East)
The Calvin defense stood firm the rest of the game and did not allow a Bulldog run.
Junior Jonathan Keane (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central) had a strong outing on the mound and only allowed two hits in game one. Keane finished with eight strikeouts.
Nate DeZwaan had two of the four Calvin hits in game one.
The Bulldogs bit the Knights with one run in the second inning and three runs in the third inning.
The Knights tied the game in the eighth inning when Ricky Padilla scored on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs grabbed the lead back with two runs in the ninth.
Calvin threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but could not convert.
Ricky Padilla led Calvin in game three with three hits.
Junior Clay Francisco (Delton, Mich./Thornapple Kellogg) finished with four strikeouts.
The Knights look to bounce back on Friday at Adrian.