Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Alma College baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday with the Kalamazoo College Hornets. The host Hornets took game one, 5-3, while the Scots bats got hot in game two to win, 12-2.
Junior catcher Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling) went 4-for-9 on the day with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) set new career-highs in a single game with four hits and five RBI in the second game. Junior Aaron Saenz (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing) pitched six innings while giving up two earned runs to take the victory.
The Scots are now 12-18 on the year with an 8-10 record in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Hornets move to 11-20 overall and 9-13 in conference.
How It Happened
Game One: Kalamazoo 5, Alma 3
- Alma's bats were limited to start the game as they did not get their first man on base until a double by Koin to lead off the fourth inning. At that point, the Scots already trailed by three.
- The fifth was when the Scots started to rally. Junior third baseman Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston) led off the inning with a single. After a walk and a Kalamazoo error, the bases were loaded for freshman right fielder Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) who knocked in the first run of the game for the Scots with a sacrifice fly to center field.
- Still in the fifth with two outs and runners on first and second, Koin drove home a run on single and then junior center fielder Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) followed it with his own RBI single to tie the game at three.
- Kalamazoo took back the lead in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. The Scots went down in order in both the sixth and seventh to drop the opening game of the conference series as the Hornets' pitcher threw a complete game while striking out 10 batters.
Game Two: Alma 12, Kalamazoo 2
- The Scots offense got to work quickly in the first with Schirmer hitting a double to bring home Koin. Schirmer came around to score on a balk to make it 2-0.
- Saenz faced some trouble in the first with a runners at first and third with nobody out. But after a ground out and line out double play, the Scots were able to keep Kalamazoo off the board.
- Huff extended the lead to three in the third with an RBI single. After the Hornets cut the lead to one, the Scots put four more runs on the board in the fourth thanks to some Kalamazoo errors and a two RBI double by Schirmer. The junior kept his hot game going with an RBI single that plated Carravallah to make it 8-2 in the sixth.
- Alma poured it on in the ninth with another four-run inning. Sophomore left fielder Nick Hartner (Beaverton, Mich. / Beaverton) scored the first run on a wild pitch. Then Robinson singled in a run to put the Scots run total in the game to double digits. With two outs, Schrimer earned his fourth hit of the game with a single that scored Robinson. Carravallah scored the final run of the game on an error.
- In his last four appearances, Saenz is 4-0. Over that time the junior has given up six earned runs through 21.2 innings pitched.
- Carravallah scored a career-high four runs in game two.
- Huff extended his hit streak to nine games after today's twin bill. Koin has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
- Junior Travis Moyer (Portland, Mich. / St. Patrick) and freshman Ty Sobczak (Petoskey, Mich. / Petoskey) combined to throw three shutout innings out of the bullpen in game two.
The Hornets come to Klenk Park on Sunday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. as the Scots look to take the MIAA series.