The Kalamazoo College baseball team went into the week looking to continue their hot start to the MIAA season. After sweeping their four game series with Albion and splitting 2-2 with defending MIAA champion Adrian, the Hornets began the week in Holland with a double header at Hope.
The Hornets took game one from the Dutchmen behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore Ryan Orr, and multi-hit games from juniors Ian Kobernick and Nate Donovan. Orr tossed a complete game, allowing only five hits and striking out five as he improved his record to 4-1 on the season. Kobernick provided offense from the top of the order with two hits and three RBI, while Donovan produced from the nine-hole with three hits. The Hornet offense started early, with Kobernick driving in two runs in the second inning, but Orr shut them down over the next four innings, and got two late insurance runs to secure the win. The offense continued to produce in game two, putting up eight runs through six innings to jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Dutchmen. Junior Aaron Schwark turned in a quality start on the mound as well, pitching seven innings giving up only three runs. The eight runs would not be enough for the Hornets though, as the Dutchmen rallied to score nine runs in the last three innings, ending with game with a walk-off walk.
Upon returning home, the Hornets found themselves on the other end of a rally, trailing 9-1 after the top of the fifth inning. Kalamazoo was not done though, as junior Jack Clark started the scoring with a two RBI single. Clark’s two RBIs led to what became a seven run inning for the Hornets, but K was unable to score in the last two innings to complete the comeback. Game two of the home series was another high scoring affair. The Hornets jumped out to a 5-0 lead through four innings. But again it was the Dutchmen’s turn to rally, as they scored ten unanswered runs over the next three innings in what ended in a 10-7 defeat for the Hornets who fell to 7-5 in the MIAA.
Over the weekend, Kalamazoo began a weekend series with the Trine Thunder at home at Woodworth field. Ryan Orr again took the mound to start the series, and once again tossed a gem, allowing only six baserunners and striking out eight for his second complete game of the week. A five run third inning was all the support Orr would need as he cruised to his fifth win of the season. Sophomore Connor Grant led the Hornets offense with two hits and two RBIs while right of the nine Hornets starters reached base safely. Again pitching in the second game of the double header, Aaron Schwark turned in another solid performance, going seven innings and allowing only two runs. Kalamazoo’s offense was on fire in game two, racking up 14 runs on 21 hits, including four hit games from juniors Ian Kobernick and Mitch VanKoevering.
The Hornet offense that dominated the Saturday games was held silent in the two games at Trine on Sunday though, notching only seven hits over the two games. Despite the slowed offense, the Hornets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in game one, but were unable to add any additional runs, falling 4-1 in the end. Trine dominated in game two from the start, scoring two in the first, and never looked back, holding the Hornets to only three hits, and adding five more runs en route to a 7-0 defeat for Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo’s next game is a break from MIAA play as they host Ohio Northern this Thursday at Woodworth field before the weekend series with Olivet. The Hornets enter the game at 13-11-1 overall and 9-7 in the MIAA.