Baseball wraps up regular-season with split at Calvin

Baseball wraps up regular-season with split at Calvin

Grand Rapids, Mich. - The Alma College Baseball team concluded the regular-season with a split at Calvin College on Saturday (May 5) as the Scots and Knights wrapped up their four-game series. 

Alma (23-17 overall, 16-12 MIAA) finishes the regular-season with the No. 2 seed in the MIAA Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, May 9. The Scots will host a single nine-inning game against an opponent to be determined once the league schedule concludes on Sunday, May 6. 

Senior Matt Minaudo (Clinton Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate) tallied four hits in seven at-bats for the Scots and tied the single season record for RBIs, adding three for a season total of 37. 

Sophomore Vann Acker (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) also collected four hits and hit a pair of home runs while pacing the Scots with six RBIs. Alma hit four home runs in the two games, pushing their season total to 20, the most by a team since 1989.

The Scots qualify for their second postseason tournament after compiling the second-most league wins in program history. 

Game 1 - Alma 5, at Calvin 4

  • Matt Minaudo went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run while Jaret Koin also hit one out of the park as the Scots came from behind to clinch the series.
  • Alma opened the game with a pair of scores in the top of the first after Minaudo hit a RBI single to score Jordan Anstandig, while Ben Finzel hit a RBI single during the next at bat to score Vann Acker
  • The Scots went up by a 3-0 margin in the top of the second when Koin hit a lead-off home run, but the Knights responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 advantage.
  • Alma tied the game in the top of the fifth inning on a homer by Minaudo, then sent home the winning run with a RBI single in the top of the sixth inning. 
  • Dylan Dzendel threw a complete game for Alma, tossing four strikeouts in seven innings of work. 

Game 2 - at Calvin 10, Alma 7

  • The Scots opened the game with three runs in the first inning after Vann Acker hit a two-run homer, then Matt Minaudo scored on fielding error.
  • Calvin battled back to take a 4-3 lead with two runs in the bottom of the second and third innings before Alma tallied four scores with a grand slam by Acker in the top of the fifth to go up, 7-4.
  • The Knights cut into the Scots lead with a run in the bottom half of the fifth to pull within two runs, then scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead. 
  • Joe Barrons went five innings as the starter, striking out three batters, while Carson Kempa pitched the final three frames, relieving Barrons in the sixth inning. 

Noteables

  • Matt Minaudo tied the single-season record with his 37th RBI of the season in Game 1, matching the mark set by Mark Gilling (1988) and Doug Walters (2016).
  • The Scots' 16 MIAA wins rank second in program history. Only the 2016 team, which won 18 conference games, recorded more. 
  • Alma's 20 team home runs are the most by the Scots since 1989.
  • Vann Acker hit his first career grand slam in Game 2.
  • Alma now has 74 doubles as a team, the second-best single-season total in program history and six shy of the school record of 80, set in 2016. 
  • The Scots' 214 team RBIs this year are the second-most in program history and eight away from the record of 222, set in 2016.
  • Alma has scored 237 runs this season, second all-time and 17 away from the school record of 254, set in 2016.
  • Logan Huff became the seventh player in program history to tally 50 or more hits in a season with his one hit today. 
  • Matt Minaudo currently has 147 at-bats this season, third all-time and eight shy of his school record 155 in 2016.
  • Minaudo also played in his 146th career game and is tied for third in career games played with Matt Cresswell (2010-13). He also ranks third in career hits with 140, and third in career RBIs with 84 after today's games.
  • Minaudo had his nine-game hitting streak snapped in Game 2. 
  • Max Trucks has taken 28 walks this season and is one of four players to record 28 or more walks in program history. 
  • Pete Carravallah extended his hitting streak to five games.
  • Jaret Koin has registered a hit in his last eight outings.

Up Next

Alma will open play in the MIAA Tournament on Wednesday, May 9, hosting an opponent to be determined. This marks the second time in three seasons the Scots have qualified for the postseason, and the second time the Scots have entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Klenk Park. 

2018 Season Review
May 14, 2018 2018 Season Review
Baseball splits at Olivet
April 20, 2018 Baseball splits at Olivet