Wixom, Mich. – The Alma College baseball team (16-20, 12-12 MIAA) defeated the Olivet College Comets (6-30, 4-20 MIAA), 15-11, in game two of a doubleheader at the Total Sports Complex. Olivet came out victorious in game one on the day by a score of 8-4.
Junior center fielder Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) had a career day going 7-for-9 at the plate with six runs scored and 4 RBI including a 5-for-5 performance in game two where he hit his first career home run.
The second game was tied at 11 a piece at the seventh inning stretch when junior third baseman Logan Huff scored on a bases loaded walk that was drawn by junior Matt Scanzano (Oakville, Ont. / De La Salle College Oaklands). Huff then stepped up with a two-run lead in the eighth and launched a ball over the left field wall for a two run shot for his team-leading fifth home run this season.
How It Happened
Game One: Olivet 8, Alma 4
- The Scots got down early in game one with Olivet hitting a grand slam in the second inning. Junior third baseman Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) scored the first Alma run on error in the bottom half of the frame to cut the lead to 5-1.
- Alma would not score again until the sixth. Carravallah led off the inning with a ground rule double and junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) knocked him in with a double. Schirmer came home on a single by senior left fielder Jordan Anstandig (West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern) and the Scots cut the difference to two on a bases loaded walk by junior second baseman Carter Sanderson (Ilderton, Mich. / Central Secondary School).
- Olivet tacked on another two runs with a home run in the top of the seventh. Schirmer worked a walk with one out but the Scots could not get a rally going and came out on the losing end to start the day.
Game Two: Alma 15, Olivet 11
- The Scots were able to get on the scoreboard in the first thanks to a bases loaded walk by Anstandig that scored Carravallah. Olivet would respond though with another grand slam to take a 6-1 lead after the top of the third.
- A pair of sacrifice flies by Huff and freshman right fielder Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) made it a 6-3 game in the bottom of the third. Alma put two more across in the fourth with an RBI ground out by Schirmer and a bunt single by Trucks.
- The Comets pushed their lead back to three with two runs in the fifth but the Scots answered with four runs in the bottom half with all of them coming with two outs. Carravallah drove in the first two on a double down the right field line and then back-to-back-to-back singles by Schirmer, Trucks and then Huff helped Alma take a 9-8 advantage.
- Robinson led off the sixth with a monster shot over the right field fence, then Carravallah brought home a run on a double to the left center field gap.
- After the Comets tied the game in the top of the seventh, the Scots used their discipline at the plate to work two walks and one hit by pitch that set up the RBI base on balls by Scanzano. Carravallah then earned his fifth hit of the day with the lead off jack to left center to make it 13-11 before Huff added the insurance runs with his own bomb.
- Senior Bailey O'Keefe (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) worked a scoreless ninth to seal the deal and split the twin bill.
- Carravallah's five hits in game two was one behind the program record for a single game. It is the most hits in a single game by a Scot since 2007.
- Huff's five home runs rank third in the MIAA. As a team, Alma has the second most home runs in the league with 22 this season.
- Trucks went 4-for-8 on the day with three runs scored and two RBI. He has had multiple hits in each of the last three games.
- Freshman Ty Sobczak (Petoskey, Mich. / Petoskey) earned his second win of the season in game one. Junior Travis Moyer (Portland, Mich. / St. Patrick) worked a scoreless eighth inning to keep, at the time, a one run lead intact.
- The Alma defense turned three double plays between the two games.
The Scots now prepare for their final conference series of the regular season as they look to hold onto the fourth and final playoff spot in the MIAA. They take on the Calvin College Knights who currently sit two games behind Alma with a 10-14 conference record. Alma heads to Calvin on Friday (May 3) for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. while the Scots host the Knights on Saturday (May 4) at Klenk Park where the Scots' senior class will be honored in between the two games.