The Kalamazoo College men’s baseball team travelled to Richmond, Ind. this weekend where they took on Earlham College in a three game series. They won one game, but lost the other two.
The Hornets fell 6-4 on Saturday against Earlham after a slow start. They gave up four runs in the first inning, but played hard and ended up outhitting their hosts. Aaron Schwark’17 started the game Saturday and pitched five innings before taking the loss.
Despite the loss, the players were still happy to finally take the field together as a team. “Being on an actual baseball field for the first time since the fall was thrilling. All the guys were amped up,” said Ryan Orr’18.
The Hornets were able to fair better on the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, winning 5-4 in twelve innings. Ryan Orr’18 got his first collegiate start, pitching eight innings and striking out six. It was a long game, but Ian Kobernick’17 batted in the winning run in the top of the twelfth. Joe Giacalone’18 got the save with a fly out to seal the victory.
“Getting our first victory was huge, and I think the way we won that game was especially important,” said Orr’18.
The final game of the series directly followed the second, and the Hornets lost a heartbreaker 7-6. After leading most of the game, Earlham scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to come back and claim victory.
Scott Devine’15 and Joey Aliotta’15 each had a pair of hits including triples and each player stole a base as well.
“We jumped out to an early lead, but playing with the lead can actually be tough. You have to keep your foot on the gas and that’s something we have to work on as a team,” says Orr’18.
The Hornets next game is an MIAA doubleheader at Calvin on March 20.