Baseball

Baseball Collects 32 Hits, 30 Runs In Sweep At Olivet

The Hope College baseball team pounded out 32 hits and 30 runs at Olivet on Saturday to complete a four-game series sweep.

The Flying Dutchmen won 12-7 and 18-2 to stay in a second-place tie with Kalamazoo.

Both Hope (17-9 overall) and Kalamazoo are 10-6 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play and moved within three games of first-place Adrian after Alma swept a doubleheader from Adrian on Saturday. Alma and Trine are two games behind Hope and Kalamazoo.

In Game 1 against Olivet, the Flying Dutchmen overcame a 6-2 deficit after three innings by scoring three times in the fourth, five times in the fifth and twice in the sixth.

Rightfielder JP Batts of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS) hit a two-run double in the fourth. He tops the Flying Dutchmen with a .453 batting average.

Third baseman Danny Carrasco of Grandville, Michigan (Calvin Christian) hit a solo homer - his first of the season — to start the fifth. After a RBI single from second baseman Michael Barnett of Saline, Michigan (Saline), first baseman Landon Brower of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) cleared the bases with a three-run double for a 10-6 lead.

Designated hitter Tanner Gilmore of Murrieta, California (Alta Loma), pictured, smacked a two-run homer in the sixth - his team-best fourth of the season.

Reliever Connor Grimes of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) picked up his first win of the season with 4 ⅓ innings of one-run relief.

In Game 2, Hope seized control with three runs apiece in the second and third innings, then nine in the fifth inning of the scheduled nine-inning game.

Batts went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI.

Leftfielder Trace Slancik of Scotts, Michigan (Vicksburg) also had three hits and three runs scored.

Gilmore went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

The 20 hits are a season-high for the Flying Dutchmen and their most in a game since 24 against Albion on April 17, 2015.

Winning pitcher Connor Jackson of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford) scattered four hits and two runs over seven innings. Jackson (1-0) struck out seven and walked one against Olivet (5-23, 2-14 MIAA).

Hope returns to action on Tuesday, April 18 with a 2 p.m. nonleague home doubleheader against Aquinas.

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