Calvin Softball Sweeps Bluffton, Borst earns No-Hitter

Calvin Softball Sweeps Bluffton, Borst earns No-Hitter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin softball team took both ends of a doubleheader from Bluffton on Thursday evening at the Gainey Athletic Complex winning by scores of 11-0 and 4-1. 

GAME ONE:
Calvin 11, Bluffton 0 (5 innings)

The Knights took the early 3-0 lead in the bottom of first inning. 

In the bottom of the second, senior Rachel Borden (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg) ran home off of a wild pitch to give Calvin the 4-0 edge. 

Calvin had a big at bat turn in the third inning as junior Abi Colon (Caledonia, Mich. / South Christian) led off for the Knights blasting a homer to right center. Junior Grace Quiggle (Saranac, Mich. / Lowell, Lansing CC) feeding of the high energy, earned a homer of her own to put the Knights up 6-0. 

The Knights continued to control the ballgame as they recorded four more runs in the bottom of the fourth and as the Beavers failed to earn any runs in the top of the fifth, Calvin ran off with the 11-0 run rule win. 

Sophomore pitcher Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) earned a no-hitter as well as picked up her fifth win of the season at the mound as she struck out eight and walked only two. The no-hitter was the first of Borst's collegiate career.

GAME TWO: 
Calvin 4, Bluffton 1

Junior Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia/ Lansing CC) started the Knights out as she scored off of a wild pitch to give Calvin the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. 

Neither team was able to get on the board throughout the second and third inning. 

Calvin struck again in the bottom of the fourth as senior Kristen Newman (Chelsea, Mich. / Chelsea) grounded out to shortstop and junior Kayla Groen (Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln Way East) ran home. 

The Beavers got on the board next to tighten Calvin's lead to within one. 

With the bottom of the sixth underway, the Knights connected on who more runs as first Borden singled a bunt and Groen ran home followed by a single from Horvath to bring in Borden.

The Beavers weren't able to make a comeback in the top of the seventh and the Knights closed out the doubleheader taking the 4-1 win to sweep the Beavers. 

Senior pitcher Anna Gernant (West Des Moines, Iowa / Valley)picked up her fifth win in the circle as she struck out eight batters. Sophomore Bri Leegwater (Zeeland, Mich. / Holland Christian) closed out the game and recorded her first save of the season. 

COACHES QUOTE: Becky Hilgert stated, "I liked that our pitchers were all very efficient in their innings tonight. We attacked their batters and forced a lot of bad contact. Offensively, I liked that we stayed aggressive in each inning during the first game. The second game, it was nice to score first and I was happy to get those extra few runs going into the last inning. Overall nice team wins across the board."

UP NEXT: The Knights return to action on Saturday as they head to Hope to take on the Flying Dutch for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.