GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Albion College collected five more hits than Calvin College Thursday, but the Britons hit .150 with runners in scoring position as the Britons came away with 3-0 and 8-7 losses in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader.
Albion pitcher Craig Conway allowed three runs on three hits and six walks. His nine strikeouts was a season high.
Calvin scored runs in the first and second to take a 2-0 lead. Jordan VanderWall hit a leadoff double in the first. VanderWall advanced to third on a fly ball by Steven Seager and scored on a sacrifice fly by Colton Wolfe. Ryan Stewart hit a leadoff single in the second and he scored as Conway walked three consecutive batters.
Calvin tacked on an insurance run in the fifth. VanderWall drew a walk to start the inning and he scored on Wolfe's one-out single.
Albion, meanwhile, never got the clutch it as it stranded runners at second and third in the first and fourth, and stranded a runner at second after Justin Fujarski doubled in the second.
Jack Wyman collected two of Albion's six hits in the game.
Albion forged a 5-5 tie in the sixth and scored a run in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, but Calvin rallied to score three in its half of the seventh.
Kenny Frieswyk drew a leadoff walk in the sixth and he scored on Gehan's single.
Marowski hit a leadoff single in the seventh. He advanced to second on Williams' single and a bunt by Fujarski. Marowski scored on a sacrifice fly by Spencer Bonofiglio.
Wolfe provided the power for Calvin in the seventh, belting a two-run homerun.
Albion loaded the bases in the ninth, but it only managed one run as Justin Dennis was credited with the RBI.
The teams will complete the four-game series with a 1 o'clock Saturday doubleheader at Frank Joranko Field.