Calvin 9, Hope 2
Hope took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning off a Calvin error.
Neither team was able to score any runs throughout the second and third innings.
The Knights had a big fifth inning recording seven runs.
Starting Calvin off was freshman Hannah Biddlecome (Portage, Mich. / Portage Northern) with a bases-loaded walk to bring in junior Kayla Groen (Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln Way East) to tie the ballgame up. Next, senior Maddie DeGroot (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) singled to right field and junior Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia/ Lansing CC)and senior Kristen Newman (Chelsea, Mich. / Chelsea) scored as Calvin took the 3-1 lead.
Junior Abi Colon (Caledonia, Mich. / South Christian) then recorded a two-run RBI double as DeGroot and Biddlecome ran home. Finishing the inning out strong was sophomore Grace Stock (Vicksburg, Mich. / Vicksburg) with a homer to center field bringing in herself and Colon to put Calvin up 7-1.
Moving on to the top of the sixth, Calvin stretched its lead to 8-1 as Biddlecome grounded out to second base and Newman scored.
The Knights found one more opportunity to score in the top of the seventh as Groen singled up the middle to bring in freshman Jessica Bongiorno (Glendale Heights, Ill. / Glenbard West).
Hope with one more chance at bat was able to record one more run, however it was Calvin who ran away with the 9-2 victory.
Sophomore pitcher Bri Leegwater (Zeeland, Mich. / Holland Christian) earned her fifth win of the season in the circle as she struck out five and walked zero.
Calvin 6, Hope 2
The Flying Dutch started out the game with a sacrifice fly out and they took the early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second with Calvin at bat, Stock recorded a two-run second homer to give Calvin a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Groen singled through right side and Stock scored. Next, Rachel Borden reached first off an error and Groen ran to the plate to put Calvin up 4-1.
Hope was able to record another run in the top of the fifth to tighten Calvin's lead to within two.
Calvin answered in the bottom of the fifth with two runs as first junior Grace Quiggle (Saranac, Mich. / Lowell, Lansing CC) singled up the middle and Biddlecome scored followed by a single from Groen through the left side to bring in Stock as Calvin lead 6-2.
Hope was unable to score again and it was the Knights who took the 6-2 victory and swept the Flying Dutch.
Sophomore Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) claimed her seventh win of the season as the mound as she struck out six batters and walked zero.
COACHES QUOTE: Becky Hilgert stated, "Two big conference wins today. I thought our offesnes was very aggressive and contunied to attack early in both games even though with runs until a little later. Bri and Ellie both did an excellent job of keeping Hope hitters off balance and our defense played very well behind them. I thought Maddie DeGroot had a huge defensive day for us at third base. Overall it was a true team effort up and down the lineup. Our bench was outstanding and the crowd was great. It was another fun "Rivalry" atmosphere."
UP NEXT: The Knights return to action on Wednesday as they head to Adrian to take on the Bulldogs for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.