Angola, Ind. – The Alma College baseball team split a doubleheader at Trine University on Saturday (April 6). The Scots took game one, 6-4, while losing game two, 5-4.
Junior Dylan Dzendzel (Royal Oak, Mich. / Royal Oak) earned his team-leading third win of the season in game one by giving up two earned runs on 5.1 innings. Junior Dylan Clark took the save by striking out the only batter he faced to end the game.
The Scots now sit 7-15 on the year overall with a 3-7 record in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Thunder's record reads 9-11 and 2-6 in the MIAA.
Game One: Alma 6, Trine 4
- The game started with a bang off of junior catcher Jaret Koin's (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling) bat who homered to lead off the day. The Thunder would respond by taking advantage of a throwing error by Dzendzel and then later scoring on a sacrifice bunt to tie the game at one.
- In the fourth, junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) triple in a run to give the lead back to the Scots. Then with two outs, Schirmer would come into score on single by junior second baseman Carter Sanderson (llderton, Ont. / Central Secondary School) to make it 3-1 Alma.
- Meanwhile on the mound, Dzendzel was able to keep the Thunder bats in check by retiring eight of nine batters from the third to fifth.
- The Scots looked to add some insurance in the sixth. Schirmer reached on a fielder's choice and then advanced to third on a double by senior Jordan Anstandig (West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern). The shortstop would come across home plate on a Sanderson ground out.
- Trine cut the lead back to two with a run in the bottom of the sixth. In the top of the final inning, junior first baseman Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) knocked in Koin on a single. Trucks was able to steal third with two outs and then came around to score on a hit by freshman right fielder Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt).
- The Thunder would not go away quietly though. Three straight hits to begin the inning would cut the lead to three with runners on first and third with no outs. A two-out single would make it a two-run game and put the tying run on base. Clark would then come out of the bullpen where he was able to paint the outside corner for strike three to end the game.
Game Two: Trine 5, Alma 4
- Trine was able to use the long ball to strike first in the later game on the day. A three-run shot in the second inning would put them into comfortable position. The Thunder would score another in the fourth and looked prime to score more with runners on second and third with onr out. But freshman pitcher Trevor Wregglesworth (Onaway, Mich. / Onaway) was able to limit the damage by forcing a ground out back to the mound and a pop out.
- Alma's big inning came in the fifth. A Trine error would allow Koin and sophomore catcher Alex Dwan (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) to score to cut the lead in half. Trucks, who reached on the error, would come home on a ground out by junior third baseman Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston). With two outs, Schirmer plated junior centerfielder Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) to tie the game.
- Sophomore Carson Kempa (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch) would come out of the bullpen in the bottom of fifth and looked spectacular, retiring 11 straight before an error in the eighth.
- In the top of ninth, with the score still tied, the Scots had the go ahead run 90 feet away with two outs. But a ground out would end the frame and give Trine the chance to walk it off. The Thunder started the inning with a single, then advanced the runner to second on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter would come up and smack one to left field to bring home the winning run to split the twin bill.
- Koin and Schirmer each had three hits on the day. The Sterling native now leads the Scots with three home runs this season.
- Koin has hit safely in six straight games, five of those being multi-hit games.
- Dzendzel leads the MIAA with 42 strikeouts this season.
- This was the first doubleheader of the season for the Scots that one team did not win both games on the day.
Alma and Trine will play another twin bill on Sunday (April 7) at the Scots' Klenk Park. First pitch of the first game is scheduled for 1 p.m.