Alma, Mich. - The Alma College baseball team clinched second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Friday afternoon (May 4), sweeping Calvin College on Senior Day at Klenk Park as the Scots opened a four-game series with the Knights.
Alma (22-16 overall, 15-11 MIAA) clinched a spot in the MIAA Tournament for the second time in three years with an 8-2 victory in Game 1, then solidified the No. 2 seed - and the opportunity to host a first-round game - with an 18-10 triumph in Game 2. The Scots, with two games remaining in the regular season, are red-hot and have won nine of their last 11 outings.
Sophomore Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich./Adrian College) went 5-for-6 on the day, while junior Jordan Anstandig (West Bloomfield, Mich./Saginaw Valley State) tallied five hits and nine RBIs - including his first career grand slam. Senior Matt Minaudo (Clinton Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate) also had a day, notching five hits and six RBIs over the two-game set.
The series shifts to Grand Rapids on Saturday, May 6, for the final two games of the regular-season.
Game 1 - at Alma 8, Calvin 2
- Jordan Anstandig went 3-for-3 with three RBIs as the Scots opened the series with a victory to clinch a spot in the MIAA Tournament.
- Sophomore Josh Riggs earned his fourth win of the season, tossing a complete game and striking out three batters en route to his third straight victory in front of a home crowd.
- Alma opened the game with a 3-0 lead, scoring in the bottom of the first and adding two in the bottom of the second.
- Calvin got on the board in the top of the fourth before Minaudo hit a RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth to put Alma ahead 5-1. After a Calvin run in the top of the sixth, the Scots added three runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull away.
Game 2 - at Alma 18, Calvin 10
- A nine-run fifth inning, followed by a six-run sixth inning, allowed Alma to pull away and secure the sweep of the home doubleheader. In the process, the Scots locked up second place in the MIAA.
- Jordan Anstandig posted six RBIs - including his first career grand slam in the fifth inning - as Alma tallied 18 hits and went through five Calvin pitchers. Matt Minaudo tallied six RBIs in the game, going 3-for-6 at the plate with a double.
- Ben Finzel hit his third home run of the season in the sixth inning as Alma built up a 15-run lead before Calvin added runs late in the game.
- Eric Frontzak picked up his seventh win of the year, throwing 6.2 innings and striking out four batters before Adam Martinson relived him in the seventh.
- Vann Acker tied the school's single-season record for doubles with a two-bagger in Game two and now has 15 for the season. He is now tied with Steve Slowke, who hit 15 doubles in 2002.
- Jordan Anstandig hit his first career grand slam.
- Matt Minaudo extended his hitting streak to eight games.
- Jaret Koin has not tallied a hit in his last six contests.
- Logan Huff now has 49 hits for the season, tied for seventh-best in program history.
- Pete Carravallah's 31 runs scored this year is tied for seventh in school history.
- Matt Minaudo now has a career-high 34 RBIs this year, third-best in program history and three away from matching the school record of 37, achieved by Mark Gilling in 1998 and Doug Walters in 2016.
- Minaudo also moved into third place on the career RBIs chart with his performance and now has 81. He is nine away from second place, held by Brent Neubecker, who tallied 90 from 1992-95. Minaudo is also in third place with 136 career hits - 15 shy of second place, held by Alex Peczynski (151 from 2014-17).
- Alma's 16 home runs as a team is the most by the program since 2010.
- Eric Frontzak became the 10th pitcher in Alma College history to record seven or more wins in a single season. Frontzak also becomes one of seven pitchers to collect 16 or more career wins with his 16th victory.
The Scots will close out the regular season on Saturday, May 5, with a road doubleheader at Calvin College. Alma will return to Klenk Park on Wednesday, May 9, to host the first round of the MIAA Tournament. The opponent and time of first pitch will be announced on Sunday, May 6 .