Catcher Codey Houts belted his first home run of the season to help the Hope College baseball open Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play with a doubleheader split against visiting Calvin College on Saturday at Boeve Stadium.
Houts, pictured, delivered a fifth-inning blast for a 1-0 victory in Game 1. The Knights used a fifth-inning rally in Game 2 for a 3-1 victory.
The two teams will complete their series Monday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Calvin.
Grimes started and scattered three hits and one walk over 5 ⅔ innings. He struck out two.
Otteman recorded the final four outs for his first save for Hope (3-9, 1-1 MIAA).
Houts, a senior from Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) snapped a scoreless tie in the fifth with his second career home run.
In Game 2, Calvin (3-9, 1-1 MIAA) received a decisive, two-run double from third baseman Nate DeZwaan in the fifth to extend its lead to 3-0.
The Flying Dutchmen were outhit 10-6 and mustered a sixth-inning inning sacrifice fly from rightfielder Mason Opple of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville).