By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information student assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College baseball team swept Kalamazoo College in a doubleheader at Klenk Park with many alumni in attendance on Saturday afternoon (April 28). This is the first doubleheader sweep of the Hornets since 2013, and the first time at Klenk Park since the 2011 campaign.
Senior Matt Minaudo (Clinton Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate) led the way for the Scots going 4-8 from the plate with one double and three RBIs.
The pitching staff combined for a 2.25 ERA from the mound between the two games, locking down the Kalamazoo bats all afternoon.
Game One: at Alma 9, Kalamazoo 4
- Josh Riggs made his tenth start of the season in game one. Riggs allowed three earned runs and fanned two Hornets on his way to his third complete game of the season.
- The Alma bats jumped out to a 1-0 lead before recording an out as Logan Huff singled to left field with the bases loaded to score Max Trucks. The Hornets responded, scoring three runs in the top of the second, capitalizing on a fielding error and a sacrifice fly.
- The 3-1 Kalamazoo lead evaporated before the next out as the Scots crossed the plate four times in the second stanza. Jordan Anstandig, Vann Acker, Huff, and Minaudo all recorded an RBI in the inning, scoring Jaret Koin, Pete Carravallah, Trucks, and Acker.
- Riggs never let the Hornets back into the game as he allowed just one run for the remainder of the contest. The Scots scored two in the fourth on a double by Minaudo, one on a Trucks double in the fifth, and one on a wild pitch in sixth that gave Huff a free path to the plate.
Game Two: at Alma 6, Kalamazoo 3
- Eric Frontzak took the mound for his seventh start of the season, went eight innings, struck out two, and left with a 1.46 ERA for the season.
- Koin led the way for the bats in game two, pushing four of the Scots' six runs across on two singles and scoring once on a bases-loaded walk by Anstandig in the second inning. The Scots scored their six runs in the second and third frames, allowing Frontzak to keep control of the game from the mound.
- After scoring one run in the fourth and two in the eighth, Alma called upon Carson Kempa to slam the door on Kalamazoo in the ninth. Kempa took down the Hornets 1-2-3 for his second save of the season.
- Alma has now won six of its last seven games.
- Eric Frontzak has allowed just four earned runs in 38.2 innings pitched in conference play, holding an ERA of under one.
- Matt Minaudo regained the team-lead in RBIs with 27 for the season.
- The Scots batted .317 as a team on Saturday, right in line with their .320 average at Klenk Park this season.
The Alma College baseball team travels to Kalamazoo to complete the four-game series with the Hornets on Sunday (April 29), with game one scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. The Scots return to Klenk Park on Friday (May 4) for a doubleheader against the Calvin College Knights.