Calvin Baseball Takes Two From Trine to Complete Four-Game Series Sweep

Calvin Baseball Takes Two From Trine to Complete Four-Game Series Sweep

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, - Calvin completed a four-game conference sweep of Trine on Monday afternoon, taking both ends of a doubleheader from Trine by scores of 4-0 and 10-5. The Knights improve to 9-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

Calvin 4 Trine 0

Calvin rode the right arm of senior Clay Francisco to capture a 4-0 shutout win over the Thunder. Francisco (Delton, Mich./Thornapple Kellogg HS) tossed a six-hit complete-game shutout, striking out four and walking only one to up his season record to 2-2 on the season. The shutout was the first of his collegiate career.

Francisco received all the run support he would need in the second inning as the Knights scored three runs on two hits, two errors, a hit batter and a base on balls. Freshman Andrew Hung (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott HS) led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a double by junior Logan Marshall (Plymouth, Mich./Salem HS). Sophomore Mitch Mustert (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) followed with a sacrifice fly. Marshall later scored on a throwing error and the Knights tacked on a third run on a throwing error later in the innning.

In the fourth, Mustert was hit by a pitch, stole second and then third with two outs and ran home on an infield error moments later.

Franciso bore down the rest of the way to gain the win. Trine outhit Calvin 6-2 but was charged with three errors while walking two and hitting four batters.

Calvin 10, Trine 5

Calvin fell behind 4-1 as the Thunder scored three unearned runs in the second. Calvin answered with a run in the second on an RBI single by junior Jeremy Clark (San Diego, Ca./Mt. Carmel HS) and then exploded for five runs in the fourth with Mustert roping a two-run RBI single and freshman Matt Raymond (Chicago, Il./Loyola Academy) belting a two-run RBI double.

In the seventh, senior Ryan Pena (Lake Forest, Ca./J. Serra Catholic HS) belted an RBI double. The Knights then added two insurance runs in the eighth as senior Beau Redfield (Cedar Springs, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) collected an RBI single and Raymond later scored on a passed ball.

Junior Trevor VanDuyn (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) went the first six innings for the Knights to get the win, improving his season record to 3-0. VanDuyn struck out six and walked only two. Senior Logan Walker (Imlay City, Mich./Lapeer East HS) tossed the final three innings for the Knights to preserve the win, striking out two and walking one.

Calvin collected 11 hits in the victory with Pena going 3-for-5 at the plate. Sophomore Ricky Padilla (Poway, Ca./Poway HS), Mustert and Clark all had two hits apiece.

COACHES COMMENT: "Whenever you can take three out of four in a conference series you've done well. When you can take all four it's outstanding," said Calvin head baseball coach Kevin VanDuyn. "I thought Clay Francisco was tremendous in the first game today. He gave our team a big lift by going the whole way. We found a way to scratch across enough runs to get him the support he needed. I thought we got good pitching in game two as well and I was very pleased to see our guys fight back after getting behind early. We showed a lot of fight and I liked the way we came ready to compete this afternoon."

NEXT UP: Calvin will travel to Albion on Thursday for a conference doubleheader slated to start at 2 p.m.