By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information student assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College baseball team dropped the second half of the four-game series with Trine University on Tuesday (April 10).
The Scots fall to 13-11 on the season (6-6 in the MIAA) while the Thunder make up ground in the conference, now sitting at 10-14 (4-8 in the MIAA).
Game 1 - Trine 2, at Alma 1
- The Thunder scored in the top of the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead, while Mike Gustin kept the Scots' bats at bay, giving up only two hits in six innings of work.
- Alma cut the deficit to one run in the bottom of the sixth when Matt Minaudo hit an RBI single to score Jordan Anstandig. The Scots put the tying run on with one out when Pete Carravallah singled to right centerfield, but could not get him home as Trine's closer Caleb Deiter forced the final two outs.
- Dylan Dzendzel threw all seven innings for Alma, striking out nine batters and giving up only three hits.
Game 2 - Trine 9, Alma 4
- The Scots jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning, as Max Trucks sent a lead-off solo home run to right field. Matt Minaudo would later triple to left centerfield, scoring Jordan Anstandig to take a 2-0 lead after the first frame.
- The Alma bats added one more run in the bottom half of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Ben Finzel walked, sending home Vann Acker.
- Eric Frontzak earned the nod on the mound for game two. Frontzak went 7.2 innings allowing just eight hits, striking out four Trine batters in the process.
- The game took an unfortunate turn in the ninth, as Trine pushed eight runs across. The Thunder saw four different relief pitchers from the Scots' bullpen before Cam Schneider would come in to stop the run.
- Vann Acker pushed Pete Carravallah across in a final effort to come back from the 9-3 deficit, but the Scots couldn't make up the difference.
The Scots open a four-game series with Hope College on Thursday, April 12, traveling to Holland for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. The series is scheduled to shift to Alma on Saturday, April 14, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Klenk Park.