Baseball team ends season with two losses to Alma, 10-3 and 12-3

From left: Seniors Brady Johnson, Cam Hendrickson, Andrew Dayfield and Austin Cleaver
From left: Seniors Brady Johnson, Cam Hendrickson, Andrew Dayfield and Austin Cleaver

OLIVET, Mich. – The Olivet College baseball team ended its season with two losses in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) doubleheader against Alma College on Senior Day at the Cutler Athletic Complex in Olivet.

THE BASICS
Final Scores: Alma 10, Olivet 3; Alma 12, Olivet 3
Location: Klenk Park; Alma, Mich.
Records: Alma 15-25 overall, 13-15 MIAA; Olivet 8-32 overall, 5-23 MIAA

HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE)

  • The Scots scored two runs in both the first and third innings before pushing across six runs in the fourth for a commanding 10-0 lead.
  • Olivet plated a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth and scored its final run in the fifth inning.

FOR THE COMETS

  • Senior Austin Cleaver reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances – hitting a double and two singles, and walking in his trip to the plate.
  • Junior Colton Dawdy recorded two hits, including a double.
  • Four others each had a hit.
  • Senior Brady Johnson was tagged with the pitching loss after giving up six runs on eight hits in three innings.
  • Freshman Brett Tyndall allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits in an inning of relief.
  • Senior Cameron Hendrickson threw two and one-third innings of hitless relief.
  • Junior Travis Petts got the final two outs in the seventh inning.

FOR THE SCOTS

  • Alex Peczynski had three hits, with two doubles, and scored three runs.
  • Adam Thoryk also scored three times to go along with two hits and two RBI.
  • Ben Finzel and Max Trucks collected two RBI apiece.
  • Josh Riggs earned the pitching win despite surrendering the three runs on nine hits in six innings.
  • Dylan Dzendzel pitched a perfect seventh inning.

HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO)

  • Alma took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the top half of the first inning.
  • Olivet answered with its own two-spot in the bottom half of the first. Cleaver, and freshmen Aaron Gillespie and Alex Parthum all hit a single to load the bases. Junior Aiden Holliday lined a single through the right-side of the infield to score Cleaver and move everyone else up one base. Sophomore Gary Tompkins III hit a sacrifice fly to plate Gillespie.
  • After the Scots scored a run in the visitor's part of the third inning, the Comets responded with a run in the home half of the frame. Cleaver reached on an infield single, went to second on a walk to Gillespie and scored on Holliday's RBI-single.
  • Alma ended the game by scoring nine unanswered runs – three in both the fifth and seventh innings, one in the eighth and two in the ninth.

FOR THE COMETS

  • Cleaver was 4-for-4 at the plate. He also crossed the dish two times. 
  • Holliday collected two hits and two RBI.
  • Freshman Zac Walter suffered the pitching loss after yielding six runs (four earned) on 12 hits in five innings.
  • Junior Austin Hickey gave up three runs on one hit in an inning of relief.
  • Freshman Huston Snyder allowed one run on three hits in two innings.
  • Sophomore Travis Petts finished the game by giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in an inning.

FOR THE SCOTS

  • Greg Goffee was 4-for-6 and scored three runs.
  • Peczynski notched three hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • Matthew Minaudo went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.
  • Thoryk had two hits and two RBI.
  • Eric Frontzak improved his season record to 8-4 after allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out nine in eight and one-third innings.
  • Edward Farington and Jordan Masters each recorded an out in relief.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Gillespie finishes the 2017 season with 60 hits, which is tied for second-most in school history for a season. He also tied the school record with 14 doubles. Gillespie's .411 batting average is seventh-best.
  • Cleaver ends the year with 53 hits to tie for seventh-most in school history. He broke the single-season record with five triples.
  • As a team, Olivet boke the single-season records with 13 triples and 1,257 at-bats. The .359 team slugging percentage and 65 doubles are the best since 2010.