GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's Softball team swept Kalamazoo College in a doubleheader on Wednesday evening at the Gainey Athletic Complex.
Calvin 10, Kalamazoo 2
The Knights got on the board first as senior Maddie DeGroot (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) doubled down the right field line and freshman Hannah Biddlecome (Portage, Mich. / Portage Northern) ran home to give the Knights the early 1-0 lead as the first inning closed out.
In the top of the second inning, Kalamazoo took the 2-1 edge.
Calvin answered in the bottom of the second as first junior Kayla Groen (Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln Way East) scored off of a throwing error to tie the ballgame up.
With bases loaded, Biddlecome grounded out to short stop and senior Rachel Borden (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg) scored to give the Knights the lead.
Closing out scoring in the inning was sophomore Grace Stock (Vicksburg, Mich. / Vicksburg) as she singled to second base to bring in junior Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia/ Lansing CC) and senior Kristen Newman (Chelsea, Mich. / Chelsea) as Calvin led 5-2.
The Knights went on to control the rest of the ballgame recording four more runs in the third and one in the fourth to run away with the 10-2 victory.
Senior Anna Gernant (West Des Moines, Iowa / Valley) picked up her seventh win in the circle as she struck out five batters.
Calvin 5, Kalamazoo 3
The Knights took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Groen doubled to left field to bring in DeGroot.
In the bottom of the third, Kalamazoo had a big inning scoring three runs off a three RBI to take the 3-1 lead.
Calvin tightened Kalamazoo's lead to within one in the top of the fourth as Groen had a sacrifice fly out to center field and DeGroot scored.
Moving on to the sixth, DeGroot scored off of a passed ball to tie the ballgame up at 3-3.
The Knights took the lead in the top of the seventh as first Stock doubled to left field to bring home Horvath followed by a single from junior Abi Colon (Caledonia, Mich. / South Christian) to bring home Stock as the Knights walked off with the 5-3 win.
Sophomore Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) picked up her 11th win at the mound striking out eight batters.
COACHES QUOTE: Becky Hilgert stated, "Two very big conference wins for us today. Offensively I thought we really had a lot of unselfish at bats and we really focused on moving runners and we did a nice job executing either hitting behind runners or sacrificing to move runners into scoring position. In the second game, we did a good job of handling some adversity and kept fighting until we took the lead in the top of the seventh. Defensively we stayed strong behind Anna and Ellie who did a good job of battling through some bases loaded situations. Overall, two great team wins today to give us some energy going into the finale versus Olivet."
UP NEXT: The Knights host Olivet on Saturday for a conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.