Alma, Mich. – The Alma College baseball team swept Albion College Tuesday, 10-1 and 12-6, in the Scots first games at Klenk Park this season. Alma earns its first MIAA wins on the year with now a 2-6 record in conference and 6-14 overall. The Britons drop to 10-8 and 5-3 in the MIAA.
The Scots received strong outings from their starting pitchers with junior Aaron Saenz (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) going six shutout innings in game one while senior Joseph Barrons (Kingston, Mich. / Kingston) struck out nine batters, a new career-high in his time at Alma, over 7.2 innings in game two.
At the plate, many players contributed to the 22 runs scored today by the Scots. Junior first baseman Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) went 5-for-9 on the day with four runs scored and one RBI.
Game One: Alma 10, Albion 1
- The Scots struck first in the third inning with junior catcher Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling) sending one deep over the left center field wall for a solo blast. Four straight hits would follow including back-to-back RBI triples by juniors Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) and Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston). A two out RBI single by senior Jordan Anstandig (West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern) would put Alma up 5-0.
- The Britons looked to answer in the top of the fourth with runners on first and second and two outs. But Saenz, who made his first career start today, would get the Albion batter to go down swinging for his seventh strike out of the game.
- Alma kept the hot bats going with the first six batters of the fourth reaching safely. Trucks brought in the first run of the inning on a single. Huff doubled in a run while freshman left fielder Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) and junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) each knocked in one on singles. The Scots took a commanding 9-0 lead into the fifth.
- Trucks would score the Scots final run of the game in the sixth on an error. The Britons would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh with two outs but a fly out to Robinson would put the game in the books.
Game Two: Alma 12, Albion 6
- After giving up an unearned run in the first, Barrons found his groove in the second with striking out all three Albion batters to end the frame.
- Alma would answer in the bottom of the second with two outs and Robinson in scoring position at second. Junior second baseman Carter Sanderson (Ilderton, Ont. / Central Secondary School) would send one up the middle for a single to bring home Robinson and tie the game at one.
- The Scots would take the lead in the bottom of the third on a fielder's choice with bases loaded. Then with two outs and Huff at second, Schirmer came through in the clutch to plate the third baseman and make it 3-1.
- Alma was able to take advantage of some costly Albion errors in the fifth. After already scoring one on an error, Schirmer bunted right in front of home plate with one out and runners on first and second. The throw would sail high over first base into foul territory and allow both runners to come in and score. Schirmer would advance all the way to third where he scored on a ground out on the following at bat to give the Scots a 7-2 advantage.
- Four straight singles to kick off the sixth would put Alma into a comfortable lead. All four hitters would eventually come around to score to make it 11-1.
- The Britons were able to cut the lead to five with four runs in the eighth. Schirmer plated the final run of the day with an RBI double. Freshman Ty Sobczak (Petoskey, Mich. / Petoskey) pitched a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down the sweep for the Scots.
- From the first to the fourth, Barrons retired nine straight batters during game two.
- Schirmer had his first three-hit game in an Alma uniform in game two.
- The cleanup hitter, Huff, led the Scots with four RBI combined between the two games.
- The Scots scored 18 more runs today than they did in Monday's doubleheader at Albion.
Alma will look to build off the momentum in a four-game series with Trine University this weekend. The Scots head to Indiana for a doubleheader on Saturday (Apr. 6) before returning to Klenk Park for a twin bill on Sunday (Apr. 7) against the Thunder. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.