WESTFIELD, Ind. - The Calvin baseball team opened its 2019 season with a doubleheader split against Anderson University (Ind.) Wednesday afternoon at Grand Park.
Calvin used a strong comeback to win the opener 12-6 and then lost a hard-fought 5-2 contest in game two. The game one win handed first-year head coach Kevin Van Duyn his initial victory as a collegiate head coach although it came in his absence as he remained in West Michigan with the flu.
In game one, junior Trevor Van Duyn (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) went the first 5.2 innings on the hill for the Knights. Calvin trailed 5-1 but scored 10 unanswered runs to claim the lead. Freshman Andrew Hung (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott HS) provided a key pinch-hit double with two outs and the bases loaded in the Knight uprising. The two-base hit by Hung brought i two runs and kept the Knights on track for the win. Shortstop Matt Raymond went 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Sophomore Ricky Padilla (Poway, Ca./Poway HS) had a triple and a pair of RBI. Senior Beau Redfield (Pierson, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS), sophomore Mitch Mustert (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and senior Miles Kuperus (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had two hits apiece.
Junior Mike Kool (Sturgis, Mich./Centreville HS) went 1.1 innings in relief to pick up the win. Junior Justin Paauwe (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) went the final two innings, striking out four to seal the win.
In game two, Calvin had two runners on with only one out but had a runner throw out at the plate in the final inning. Senior Clay Francisco (Delton, Mich./Thornapple-Kellogg HS) went the first four innings on the mound. Freshman Zach Thor (Woodbury, Mn./New Life Academy) and senior Logan Walker (Imlay City, Mich./Lapeer East HS) both tossed an inning in relief.
Junior Quinn Hyndiuk (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield East HS) had two of Calvin's four hits including a double.
"We played really strong, selfless baseball," said Calvin assistant coach Dan Taylor who helped fill in for Kevin Van Duyn on Wednesday. "We were able to grind out at bats and get deep into pitch counts. We had some great bunts and key contributions off the bench. On the day our pitching staff had 17 strikeouts and only four walks. On a cold afternoon, that's a great start for our guys."
Taylor also credited the preparation of the Calvin players. "To go out and play two games right off the bus is a credit to our guys," said Taylor. "They have worked very hard in preparing for the season. That preparation showed in the fact they were able to make plays when they were needed despite having not been outside since the fall. That's a credit to our guys and their diligent mind-set."
Calvin will head back to Indiana next weekend when it travels to Hanover University for a three-game weekend series with a single game set for March 8 and a doubleheader scheduled for March 9.