MARYVILLE, Tn. - Calvin dropped a 4-3 decision to Maryville in 11 innings Tuesday night.
The Knights (4-4) trailed 3-0 but climbed back into the game on a two-run homer by senior Ryan Pena (Lake Serra, Ca./J. Serra Catholic HS) in the top of the third.
Calvin tied the game in the eighth as as senior Miles Kuperus (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was hit by a pitch with the bases full.
The Knights placed two runners aboard with one out in the ninth but had the rally extinguished on a double-play ball. In the bottom of the 11th, Maryville's Ian Campbell reached base on a one-out walk and then stole second. With two outs, he stole third and advanced home with the winning run on a wild throw down the left field line.
Pitching was strong for both teams as Calvin came up with just six hits while Maryville (12-10) had eight.
Junior Quinn Hyndiuk (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield East HS) had two of Calvin's six hits and drew two walks. Junior Logan Walker (Imlay City, Mich./Lapeer East HS) went the first five innings for Calvin on the hill, striking out four and walking one. Sophomore Henry Breems (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) tossed three innings of shutout relief. Junior Justin Paauwe (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took the loss in relief, striking out three in 2.2 innings of work.
COACHES QUOTE: "We really battled," said Calvin head baseball coach Kevin VanDuyn "Both teams got some runs early and then the pitchers really took over. Maryville is a strong team. They've got 22 games under their belt so we had to dig down to catch up. Our pitching was very good again tonight and our defense overall has been good. The thing we probably need to work on a little bit more is our hitting but we will get there. We feel good about the way we are playing and competing."
NEXT UP: Calvin travels to Coveant College for a contest in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The twinbill will take place on Wednesday with the opener set to begin at 3 p.m.