Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
By Danny Herrick, Staff Writer
The men’s baseball team won two of four games this past weekend in a home and away series against Calvin.
Friday at Calvin, the Hornets lost the first game 7-3. Kalamazoo stranded nine runners on base. Senior David Kamerman walked three times and also stole two bases in the game, improving his season total to 16, a number just four off the single-season record he set last season. Senior pitcher Tommy Carion stole the show in the second game, an 11-2 Hornet win. Carion threw his fifth complete game of the year, surrendering just three hits and two unearned runs, improving an already stellar season ERA to 0.97. Calvin was forced to use five pitchers in the game, none of whom recorded more than six outs. Sophomore Brett Thomas led the way for the Hornets offense. He went 3 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs. Senior Tim Lynch was 0 for 3 but did reach base on a hit by pitch, the 21st of his career, tying him for the school record.
At home Saturday, the Hornets took the first game of the double header 5-4. Junior Jake Holloway struck out five en route to his first win of the year in 6 2/3 innings of work. Holloway surrendered five hits and four runs, one of which was unearned. Freshman Adam McDowell recorded the last out of the game, earning him his fourth save of the season– a total just one short of K’s single-season record. Senior Drew Ordakowski hit his second home run of the year and went 2 for 3, scoring one run and knocking in two.
“It was a 3-1 pitch, and I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball,” Ordakowski said. “The pitcher left a fastball up, and I didn’t miss it.”
Senior Mike Murray went 1-3 with an RBI.
Calvin won the second game 7-1. The Hornets scored one run in the bottom of the second to make the game 2-1, but Calvin answered with two in the top half of the third and never looked back. Freshman Joey Aliotta received a loss in his first start and appearance of the year. He pitched three innings, giving up four hits and four earned runs. Captains Eric Glanz and Mike McCann had the Hornets’ only two hits, each going 1 for 3.
The Hornets will look to improve upon their 10-12 record (MIAA 4-8) this Saturday and Sunday in a home and home series with Alma (7-14 MIAA 4-8). Kalamazoo will host Alma on Saturday at the beautiful Homer Stryker Field, former home to the professional Kalamazoo Kings.