Baseball Overpowers Albion For Doubleheader Sweep In Series Opener

Sean Hoey struck out more batters for the Hope College baseball team than any pitcher in six years Thursday as the Flying Dutchmen toppled Albion College 17-0 and 9-2 at Boeve Stadium.

The freshman righthander from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) struck out a career-high 11 en route to a complete-game shutout in the opener of the four-game series.

Pitchers Connor Grimes of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) and CJ Otteman of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland East) combined for seven strikeouts in Game 2 to help complete the sweep.

Hoey (5-1) is the first Hope pitcher since Adam Clements in 2012 against Calvin to reach double-digits in strikeouts.

Against Albion, Hoey, pictured, allowed only three hits and two walks.

The Flying Dutchmen gave Hoey all the offense he needed with a three-run second that included an RBI double from leftfielder Nick Lepore of Clinton Township, Michigan (Warren De La Salle) and a run-scoring single from centerfielder Evan Maday of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Kentwood).

Hope erupted for 13 runs in the fifth - sending 19 batters to the plate against five different Albion pitchers.

The Flying Dutchmen finished the game with 15 hits, including three from Lepore and two apiece from Maday, shortstop Jordon Fairchild of Muskegon, Michigan (Oakridge) and third baseman Danny Carrasco of Grandville, Michigan (Calvin Christian).

The 17 runs scored were a season-high for Hope.

In Game 2, the Flying Dutchmen snapped a 1-1 tie with a four-run fifth that included, in succession, a single from rightfielder Mason Opple of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville), an RBI double from Carrasco, a run-scoring triple from catcher Trace Slancik of Scotts, Michigan (Vicksburg), and a two-run homer from Lepore.

The Flying Dutchmen totaled 16 hits with three apiece coming from Maday and Carrasco.

Grimes (2-1) started on the mound. He scattered five hits and two runs over six innings. He struck out four and walked three.

Otteman worked out of a jam after replacing Grimes with two on in the seventh. He recorded the final nine outs for his third save of the season.

Hope (12-20, 10-12 MIAA) concludes its series on Friday at Albion with a 2 p.m. doubleheader. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422