Adrian, Mich. –The Alma College baseball team fell 6-0 in the MIAA Tournament to the Hope College Flying Dutchmen on Friday at Adrian College's Nicolay Field.
Junior center fielder Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) led the Scots at the plate by going 2-for-4. After going down early, 4-0, the Alma bullpen of sophomore Carson Kempa (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch), junior Aaron Saenz (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) and senior Alex Archambeault (Lansing, Mich. / Waverly) combined to throw 7.2 innings while giving up only two earned runs.
The Scots' season ends with an overall record of 19-24 with a 1-2 record in the conference tournament. Hope advances to the Championship Round against Adrian College where the winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
How It Happened
- Hope put up its first four runs in the first two innings of the game. They scored the first when the second man in the lineup drove home the lead off guy. Then with two outs in the second with bases loaded a double brought home all three runners to put the Flying Dutchmen in the driver's seat.
- Alma got its first runner in scoring position in the fourth inning with a pair of singles by Carravallah and junior first baseman Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant). A one-out fly out would advance Carravallah to third but another fly out would end the rally.
- Meanwhile on the mound, Kempa was in command retiring seven straight batters from the fourth to sixth innings. Saenz would take over and get the last out of the sixth by getting a runner who was trying to steal third caught in a run down.
- In the top of the ninth, with two Hope runners on base, Archambeault took the mound. A hot shot would be hit right back to him but the senior made the catch off the ground and threw over to first to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.
- The Scots started to rally in their last ups with Carravallah and junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) earning base hits to start the inning. The next three Alma hitters would all go down in order though to end the game.
- Saenz and Kempa ended up with the most innings pitched on the season for the Scots. Kempa racked up 13.1 innings pitched over Alma's last four games.
- Carravallah ended up as the Scots' batting champion for the season with a .340 average. He raised his hitting percentage by 23 points from last season as well as scored more runs, drove in more hits and stole more bases.
- For seniors Jordan Masters (Waterford, Mich. / Kettering), Bailey O'Keefe (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) and Joe Champoux (Muskegon, Mich. / Reeths-Puffer) they finish as the class with the second most wins in program history with 86 over four years.