WESTFIELD, Ind. - Calvin picked up a 12-7 comeback victory over Franklin Thursday night to open its spring break trip.
Calvin (2-1) trailed 6-2 but kept nipping at the heels of the Grizzles (2-2). The Knights scored a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh to close within two.
Calvin erupted for six runs in the top of the eighth, using four walks, two hits, two errors and a hit batter to take a 10-6 lead. Franklin scored a run in the bottom half and had the bases loaded before junior Justin Pauwe (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was able to close the door.
The Knights added two insurance runs in the ninth as junior Quinn Hyndiuk (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield East HS) scored on a fielder's choice and senior Miles Kuperus (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) later drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Sophomore Peter VanDyken (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) went 3.0 strong innings of middle relief to pick up the win while Pauwe tossed the final two frames. Junior Trevor VanDuyn (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) got the start and went the first four innings.
Sophomore Ricky Padilla (Poway, Ca./Poway HS) led a 10-hit Calvin attack by going 3-for-6 at the plate with three RBI and two doubles. Hyndiuk had two hits, two walks and three runs scored. Sophomore Logan Marshall (Plymouth, Mich./Salem HS) had an RBI triple.
COACHES QUOTE: We knew that if we could keep battling at the plate we would have a chance. Their starter threw pretty hard and we did get two early runs off of him which was key. Once we got into their bullpen we started picking up up the pace offensively and we found a way to win. I thought Peter VanDyken gave us a huge lift with his three innings of middle relief. He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to come back.
NEXT UP: Calvin travels south to Terre Haute for a three-game weekend series on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Knights will take on Rose-Hulman at 6 p.m. Friday night and then turn around on Saturday to face Rose-Hulman at noon and DePauw at 3 p.m.