Alma, Mich. – The Alma College baseball team swept Trine University at Klenk Park on Sunday (April 7). The Scots took game one, 11-3, with junior Aaron Saenz going six innings to earn his second straight win. Alma then won game two, 8-6, behind a three-hit game by junior catcher Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling).
With the two victories, Alma improves to 9-15 overall and 5-7 in the MIAA to tie for fourth in the in the conference currently. Trine falls to 9-13 on the season and 2-8 in conference play.
Game One: Alma 11, Trine 3
- The Thunder struck in the top of the first with three runs on four hits. Alma responded with singles by Koin and junior center fielder Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) to lead off the bottom of the first. Junior third baseman Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston) would come up later with two outs and bases loaded and crush one over the left field wall for his first career grand slam to give the Scots a 4-3 lead.
- Saenz bounced back from the tough start to scatter only two hits over the next four innings.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Koin smacked a ball down the left field line for a double. With two outs, junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) hit one into the left center field gap for an RBI double to make it a two-run game.
- After a 1-2-3 inning from Saenz, the Scots would put up a bunch of insurance runs. Huff knocked in freshman right fielder Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) on a double, sophomore left fielder Nick Hartner (Beaverton, Mich. / Beaverton) earned his first career RBI with sac fly to bring home Huff. Koin scored later on a Trine error and then junior first baseman Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) drove home Carravallah to put Alma up eight heading to the seventh and final inning.
- Junior Travis Moyer (Portland, Mich. / St. Patrick) came into relief for Saenz in the seventh, the righty forced a ground out and pop out, and then with one man on, a grounder to second to end the first game on the day.
Game Two: Alma 8, Trine 6
- After the Thunder put up a run in the top of the first, the Scots answered with the help of the leadoff hitter Koin. The junior doubled down the left field line, then stole third and then scored on a sac fly by Schirmer.
- Trine took back the lead with a homer in the second, then the first batter of the third hit a comebacker to senior pitcher Joseph Barrons (Kingston, Mich. / Kingston). The righty had to pulled from the game after the play.
- Down 3-1 in the bottom of the third the Scots would use the small ball to take the lead. Junior left fielder Brandon Gallerson (Plano, Texas / Plano Senior), Koin and Carravallah all singled to load the bases with no outs. Schimer would then drive in Gallerson on a single to make it a one-run game and then the Scots tied it with Koin coming home on a fielder's choice.
- The Scots would keep the rally going in the third with an RBI single by Huff to give Alma a 4-3 lead. Then Trucks would steal third and then cross home on a throwing error by the Thunder catcher. Junior second baseman Carter Sanderson plated Huff on a single to make it 6-3 Scots.
- Trine cut the lead to two in the fourth but Alma came right back to make it a three-run game with an RBI from Trucks. Trine was able to make it a one run ball game in the fifth off senior Alex Archambeault (Lansing, Mich. / Waverly) but the righty would strike out the final batter he saw on the day to keep the lead intact.
- The Alma bullpen of Moyer and seniors Jordan Masters (Waterford, Mich. Kettering) and Bailey O'Keefe (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) stepped up as they combined to keep Trine off the scoreboard in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Scots tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as Sanderson reached on a single, then stole second with one out. Hartner popped out into foul territory between the home plate and third base, and because nobody was covering third, Sanderson was able to advance after the catch. Koin would then hit an RBI infield single to make it 8-6 heading to the ninth.
- Junior Dylan Clark (Tomball, Texas / Tomball Memorial) came out of the bullpen looking for his second save in as many days. The righty got his first batter to strike out looking, then forced a flyout for the second out. The game ended with the Trine hitter going down swinging as Alma took its third win of this weekend's four game series.
- Koin went 6-for-9 on the day. In conference play, the junior is leading the MIAA with a .489 batting average. He has also hit safely in eight straight games.
- Huff's 5 RBI in game one was a new career-high. The junior's 26 RBI ranks fourth in the conference.
- Schirmer extended his hit streak to eight games with three hits between today's two games.
- Dating back to last season, the Scots have won their last 11 games at Klenk Park.
The Scots now get ready to face the conference-leading Hope College Flying Dutchmen. Alma will host Hope at Klenk Park on Thursday, April 11 at 2 p.m. for a doubleheader before they head to Holland for a twin bill on Saturday, April 13.