This past Saturday, the Kalamazoo College baseball team resumed MIAA play at Olivet to start a weekend series with the Comets. Per usual, sophomore Ryan Orr took the hill to open the series, but the result was a little bit different than “usual.”
In the top of the 1st, the Hornets took a 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI infield single from junior third basemen Jack Clark, and that was all the run support Orr would need. Dominant pitching performances are nothing new for the sophomore starting pitcher, but Saturday’s performance provided a couple of firsts for Orr. After retiring the side in order in the bottom of the 1st, Orr struck out the side in the 2nd, recording three of what would end in a career high nine strikeouts.
He did not stop there though, despite a runner reaching on an error in the next inning, the sophomore would only face the minimum amount of batters, as junior catcher Brett Garwood gunned down the lone base runner attempting to steal. The error was the only base runner that the Comets would get off of Orr, who recorded his 6th win of the season with not only another complete game, but a no-hitter, only one batter shy of a perfect game.
The Hornets got another strong pitching start in game two from junior Aaron Schwark, who tossed seven strong innings, allowing only two runs, scattering eight hits. The offense sprang to life in game two, beginning with a double steal in the 4th inning, followed up by an RBI triple from junior Ian Kobernick to make it 2-0.
Schwark got some more insurance runs in the 5th when Clark belted his first home run of the season, and sophomore Josh Reuter singled in two more. Olivet threatened the lead when they scored two in the 7th, but the Hornets answered with three runs over the next two innings to seal the 10-2 victory, and sweep of the day.
Kalamazoo returned home on Sunday looking to complete the series sweep of the Comets, and received their third strong performance on the mound, this time from senior Dylan Pierce. Pierce went five innings, allowing only one run in the 1st inning. The Hornets offense did not wait too long to give their pitcher some support though, evening the game at one in the 3rd, and then adding three more in the 5th. Pierce ended the day by recording his third win of the season, moving to 3-1 as the Hornets were victorious 4-1.
Game 2 on Sunday saw a lot more offense from both teams, starting with the Comets striking in the top of the 1st once again. Despite the early deficit, the Hornet offense was alive and well in game two, as four Hornets recorded multi-hit games, and eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit. The offensive barrage was led by Jack Clark, who has become a rock in the 3 hole for Kalamazoo. Clark went 3-3 on the day with a walk, and scored three times. Sophomore Connor Grant added 3 RBI, and hit his second home run of the year to help the Hornets to a 13-6 victory, and a series sweep.