DECATUR, Il. - Calvin improved to 3-0 on the young season with a doubleheader sweep over Buena Vista winning by scores of 10-1 and 6-1.
Calvin 10, Buena Vista 1
Calvin used six runs in the top of the first inning to gain early control of a 10-1 victory over Buena Vista. Calvin tacked on two more runs in the second and two more in the third to claim victory in a run-rule decided game.
The Knights pounded out seven hits and used eight walks to roll to the win.
Senior Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia HS) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Senior Amber Stanilius (Sparta, Mich./Sparta HS) had a double and three RBI.
Junior Ellie Borst (Hudsonville Mich./Unity Christian HS) went the distance in the circle, striking out four and walking one while scattering four hits.
Calvin 6, Buena Vista 1
Calvin used a 13-hit attack to gain the doubleheader sweep of the Beavers. Calvin scored single runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to methodically put the game in the win column.
Sophomore Hannah Biddlecome (Portage, Mich./Portage Central HS) went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior catcher Grace Stock (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg HS) went 3-for-4 with a double. Senior Grace Quiggle (Saranac, Mich./Lowell HS) had a pair of hits as did freshman Brooke Timm (Niles, Mich./Niles HS).
Junior Bri Leegwater (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) started the game and went 4.1 innings to pick up the win. She struck out one and walked one before giving way to freshman Kirsten Krause (Fredonia, Mich./Grafton HS) who threw the final 2.2 innings in the circle.
COACHES COMMENT: "I was really pleased with our energy, mindset and effort today," said Calvin head softball coach Becky Hilgert. "We did a great job battling through adversity all weekend. Our pitching staff kept Buena Vista's hitters off balance and our defense played solid behind them. Offensively we had strong contributions up and down the lineup and put pressure on them every inning. Long innings can really wear a team down defensively and scoring 31 runs over three games in cold conditions was the resutl of us staying within overselves and having a smart but aggressive approach at the plate. Overall, a great start to our young season."
NEXT UP: Calvin will face Buena Vista again next Friday (7 p.m.) and Lake Forest (9 p.m.) next Friday night in Rosemont, Illinois.