Holland, Mich. - The Alma College baseball team suffered a sweep at the hands of Hope College on Thursday afternoon (April 12) as the Scots and Flying Dutchmen opened a four-game series at Hope's Boeve Stadium.
Alma (13-13 overall, 6-8 MIAA) suffered a 6-5 loss in Game 1 after Hope score twice in the bottom of the sixth, and was defeated by a 6-2 margin in Game 2 after the Flying Dutchmen pulled away in the late stages of the contest.
Relief pitcher CJ Otteman was credited with the win in both games for Hope (10-14, 8-6) as the closer in each contest.
Game 1 - at Hope 6, Alma 5
- The two teams traded leads four times in the series-opening game, with the Flying Dutchmen scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead for good.
- Alma took a 2-0 lead to open the contest, scoring in the top of the first on a home run by Jordan Anstandig, then adding another run in the top of the second when Matt Minaudo was walked home with the bases loaded.
- Hope scored three times in the bottom of the second, including twice due to errors, to go up 3-2, then took a 4-2 advantage in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly.
- Alma come back in the top of the sixth, scoring twice to take back the lead. Ben Finzel got the Scots within one run when he was walked home with the bases loaded, then Anstandig hit a two-RBI single to center field, putting Alma up, 5-4.
- Hope tied the game in the sixth on a RBI double by Mason Opple, then Opple scored on the next at-bat thanks to an RBI single by Danny Carrasco.
- Josh Riggs went four innings as the starter, giving up seven hits while striking out two batters. Alex Archambeault took the loss after two innings of work.
Game 2 - at Hope 6, Alma 2
- Hope took the lead in the bottom of the fifth and added insurance runs in the seventh inning to complete the sweep.
- The Dutchmen opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Mason Opple hit a RBI double. Alma tied the game in the top of the third after Jordan Anstandig hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Max Trucks.
- Hope regained the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth when Opple hit a two-RBI double. Alma answered in the top of the sixth, with Logan Huff scoring on a RBI single by Jaret Koin to pull the Scots within one run at 3-2.
- The Dutchmen took command of the game in the late innings, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh before adding another run in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 6-2 lead.
- Joseph Barrons threw the first six innings and took the loss, striking out four batters, before he was replaced by Carson Kempa in the seventh. Kempa finished the game with two innings of work and one strikeout.
The Scots are scheduled to conclude the series with Hope on Saturday, April 14, with a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Klenk Park.