GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 20 ranked Calvin softball team split with the Alma Scots on Tuesday. The split helps keep the Knights alive in a tight MIAA race. The Scots took game one, 7-3, with the Knights responding with a 10-2 victory in game two. Calvin improves to 16-5 overall and to 3-3 in the MIAA. Alma moves to 18-7 and 4-2 in MIAA action.
"I was very happy how we bounced back in game two," said Calvin head coach Becky Hilgert. "Defensively we played error-free which is so important against good teams. Offensively our players up and down the batting order attacked, had a good approach and did not settle after scoring a few early runs. After a few sluggish games offensively, it was nice to see the bats come alive."
After three scoreless innings, the Scots struck first in game one. Alma scored two runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the fifth inning.
Sophomore Katie Mumby (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) crossed home plate on a throwing error in the sixth inning.
The Scots pushed the lead up to 7-2 in the seventh inning.
Junior Anna Gernant (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) recorded five strikeouts in game one.
Maddie DeGroot had a game-high three hits.
The Knights jumped on the Scots in the third inning. Senior Jessica Brasser (Rockford, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) started the scoring spree with a single to right field that scored junior Kristen Newman (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea). Grace Stock then scored Brasser on a double to right field. Junior Abby Colon (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian) was able to get Stock across home plate with a shot to left field.
The Scots cut the Calvin lead in half in the fifth inning.
The floodgates opened for Calvin in the sixth inning.
Freshman Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian) kept the Scots quiet on Tuesday. She only allowed five hits to the potent Alma lineup. Borst also recorded two strikeouts.
After a recent schedule change, the Knights next game is scheduled for Saturday in the rivalry at Hope.