Olivet, Mich. – The Alma College baseball team (15-19, 11-11 MIAA) swept the Olivet College Comets (5-29, 3-19 MIAA) in a doubleheader Tuesday by scores of 2-1 and 12-3.
Junior third baseman Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston) went 5-for-8 on the day with a career high four hits in game two. Huff also knocked in two runs, scored two and had a stolen base in the second game as well. He extended his hit streak to 13 games.
Junior Aaron Saenz (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) pitched a complete game in game one to win his fifth straight appearance. Saenz gave up one earned run on five hits while striking out four batters. Sophomore Carson Kempa (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch) earned the second win for the Scots by going 5.2 innings as the Alma offense piled on the runs.
How It Happened
Game One: Alma 2, Olivet 1
- Saenz gave up his one run in the first inning and the Comets looked primed to score more with runners on second and third with one out. But a pop out to the second baseman and strike out got Saenz and the Scots out of the inning.
- Alma would tie the game in the third with junior center fielder Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) scoring on an error. Junior first baseman Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) then hit a sacrifice fly to score junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) to give the Scots the lead.
- Saenz continued to sail through the innings by keeping Olivet off the scoreboard. In the fifth his defense turned a double play with Schirmer tossing it to junior second baseman Carter Sanderson (Ilderton, Ont. / Central Secondary School) who relayed it to first.
- The final five Comet batters would go down in order with the final one going down swinging for Saenz's fourth strikeout of the game.
Game Two: Alma 12, Olivet 3
- The Scots got on the scoreboard in the opening frame with the junior catcher Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling) leading off the game by being hit by a pitch. Koin then stole second base and came around to score on a throwing error by the Comets.
- Koin then knocked in the next Alma run in the second with an RBI single. Schirmer plated another run with a two out single up the middle.
- After Olivet cut the lead to two in the bottom of the second, the Scots answered with three runs in the third. Sanderson hit a two RBI single and then sophomore Alex Dwan (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) brought home the next run with a single.
- Kempa got on a roll in the middle innings by retiring eight straight heading into the sixth. Schirmer would lead off the top of the frame with a home run to left field. Senior left fielder Jordan Anstandig (West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern) made it an 8-1 game with a sac fly.
- The Comets put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth but the Alma bullpen took over and shut the door. Senior Bailey O'Keefe (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) struck out the side in the seventh while junior Travis Moyer (Portland, Mich. / St. Patrick) struck out two in the eighth.
- After coming in as a defensive replacement in the eighth, freshman center fielder Noah Hamilton (Fowler, Mich. / Fowler) led off the top of the ninth with a single through the left side for his first career hit. Hamilton later scored on a two RBI single by Huff. The third baseman scored the final run of the game on a ground out.
- Junior Dylan Clark (Tomball, Texas / Tomball Memorial) took the mound for the bottom of the ninth. After forcing a ground out the righty struck out back-to-back batters to finish off the sweep.
- Sanderson went 4-for-8 between the two games with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases. The second baseman has had multiple hits in four of the last five games.
- Schirmer went 3-for 4 with two RBI to go with his solo blast in game two. In the last five games, the shortstop has 10 hits while batting .500 over that span.
- Saenz is now tied for the most wins in the MIAA against conference opponents.
- Alma had a season-high six stolen bases in game two.
The Scots and Comets move their conference series to Klenk Park for a doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.