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Hope College Softball Results
Overall Record: 25-15-1
FINAL SEASON RECORD: 25-15-1 / Final MIAA: 12-4 (2nd place)
EARLY SEASON (3-2-1)
SPRING BREAK (8-2)
REGULAR SEASON (13-9)
All-MIAA Honors Include MVP Honors for Andrea Reinecke (5/10/11)
Reinecke has also been named the MIAA's most valuable pitcher. She led the MIAA with a sparkling 0.81 earned run average, posting a 7-1 record in conference play. She threw a league-best four shutouts, including a perfect game against Kalamazoo, and allowed only 32 hits in 52 innings pitched against conference opponents. For the season she posted an 11-5 record and 2.21 earned run average. Hope's leadoff hitter, Phillips batted a team-leading .401 on the season and was the leader in total bases (82). She threw-out 10 baserunners.
Named to the All-MIAA second team were junior outfielder Stephanie Faber (Byron Center/GR South Christian HS) and freshman third baseman Emma Page (Portage/Portage Central HS).
The Flying Dutch, under first-year coach Mary Vande Hoef, finished second in the MIAA race and were 25-15-1 overall. The team's 12-4 league record included victories over two nationally ranked opponents.
Memorable Season Ends for Flying Dutch (5/6/11)
Flying Dutch Split Tournament Games (5/5/11)
Flying Dutch Split With Nationally Rank Scots (4/30/11)
Flying Dutch Stay in Title Contention With Split (4/28/11)
The Flying Dutch salvaged the split on the arm of senior Andrea Reinecke who pitched her fifth shutout of the season. Reinecke (10-3) allowed just four hits, struck out three and walked four. Leadoff hitter Abby Phillips batted 3-for-4, including a first inning homerun. Jo Forst added a pair of hits.
Saint Mary's came from behind to win the opener. Hope led 4-1 after five innings, but the Belles came back with two runs in both the sixth and bottom of the seventh. Andrea Reinecke homered while Stephanie Faber and Emma Page each had a pair of hits.
Flying Dutch Split Pair of One-Run Decisions (4/25/11)
Coach Mary Vande Hoef's Dutch are 10-2 in league games with two doubleheaders remaining beginning Tuesday at Saint Mary's. Hope is 22-11-1 overall.
In the opener Laura Tjepkema's single in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in two runs for the win. Tjepkema batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs while leadoff hitter Abby Phillips had a pair of hits. Michelle Marra (13-8) went the distance for the pitching win.
In the nightcap the Flying Dutch scored a run in the first inning, but were shut out the rest of the way as Trine scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Each team had five hits. Andrea Reinecke (9-2) suffered the pitching loss. She helped her own cause with a pair of hits and an RBI.
Flying Dutch Sweep Nationally Ranked Adrian (4/23/11)
Adrian came to Holland ranked 16th in Division III and riding a 33-3 record. They left Holland the victim of outstanding pitching and timely hitting as the Flying Dutch improved to 9-1 in conference play and under first-year coach Mary Vande Hoef are 21-10-1 overall heading into the final week of the regular season faced with three key MIAA doubleheaders. It begins Monday with a home makeup twinbill against Trine.
In the opener Michelle Marra (12-8) went the distance in throwing a seven-hitter. Hope's eight-hit attack was spread across seven players. Hitting homeruns for the Flying Dutch were Abby Phillips and Emma Page. Hope had six stolen bases raising the school-record season total to 87 in 99 attempts.
In the nightcap Andrea Reinecke (9-2) also went the distance in recording her fifth straight win. Adrian stranded 11 baserunners. Reinecke helped her own cause batting 3-for-3 while Suzie Stevenson and Joe Forst each had a pair of hits. Adrian pitcher Jami Shafley was tagged with her first loss after 10 victories.
Outstanding Pitching, Including a No-Hitter, Leads to Sweep (4/21/11)
In the opener Marra fired a one-hitter and in the nightcap Reinecke followed with a no-hit perfect game, the first against an MIAA opponent since 1993.
The wins put the Flying Dutch at 7-1 in the MIAA and 19-10 overall heading into a stretch of four league doubleheaders over the next five six days.
Kalamazoo's lone hit was the only baserunner allowed by Marra who improved to 11-8 on the season. Hope's nine-hit attack was highlighted by Suzie Stevenson's 3-for-3 performance and a game-ending two-run homer by Jo Forst.
Reinecke (8-2) pitched her third straight shutout and fourth of the season. The no-hitter was the ninth in school history and the first in five seasons. Reinecke was supported by an 11-hit attack. Kori Nieuwsma and Kristin Higgs each batted two-for-two with three RBIs.
The Flying Dutch stole 12 bases in the doubleheader, six in each game, to established a Hope single season theft mark. This year's team is 81-of-92. The old record was 74-of-91 in 1996. Hope over the last four games has 22 copnsecutive stolen bases.
Flying Dutch Sweep Rival Calvin (4/13/11)
Coach Mary Vande Hoef's Dutch improved to 5-1 in the MIAA and to 17-10 overall.
Hope won the opener on a walkoff sacrifice fly by Stephanie Faber with one out in the seventh inning. Calvin had erased a 4-1 Hope lead by scoring three times in the final two innings. Senior Michelle Marra (10-8) pitched a complete game victory. Laura Tjepkma had a pair of hits,including a double.
In the nightcap the Flying Dutch scored four times in the second inning and added a pair in the fith on homeruns by Suzie Stevenson and Emma Page. Senior Andrea Reinecke (7-2) pitched her second consecutive shutout allowing three hits while walking and striking out three. Stephanie Faber, Laura Tjepkma and Emma Page each had two hits.
The Flying Dutch continued their aggressive base-running going 10-for-10 on stolen bases. Through 28 games the Flying Dutch have 69 stolen bases in 80 attempts.
Flying Dutch Split Doubleheader at Albion (4/9/11)
Albion batters hit four homeruns in the opening game while the Flying Dutch were being held to three hits. Senior Michelle Marra (9-8) took the pitching loss. Designated hitter Kori Nieuwsma had a pair of hits, including a double.
In the nightcap, Reinecke (6-2) pitched her second shutout of the season allowing just two hits. Shortstop Kristin Higgs batted 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Laura Tjepkma was 2-for-2 and scored three runs while Suzie Stevenson hit her first homerun of the season.
Flying Dutch Sweep Comets in MIAA Opener (4/7/11)
Three times the Flying Dutch needed to come from behind in the opener and the last was the most dramatic of all. Hope was down to its last strike in the seventh inning and Kristin Higgs had a nine pitch at-bat before hitting the ball, which ricocheted off the Olivet third baseman's glove and into left to allow the tying run to score. Suzie Stevenson's RBI single in the eighth gave Hope the 5-4 win.
In the nightcap Olivet scored first, but Hope got the next nine runs to force an early end because of the eight-run mercy rule.
Senior pitchers Michelle Marra (9-7) and Andrea Reinecke (5-2) each went the distance. The Flying Dutch had four homeruns in the doubleheader. Leadoff hitter Abby Phillips had two in the opening game, her first of the season. Hitting homeruns in the second game were Jo Forst and Emma Page. Stephanie Faber and Page each had four hits over the two games.
Flying Dutch Bow to Nationally Ranked DePauw (4/2/11)
Flying Dutch Bow Twice to Visiting Chicago (4/1/11)
The visiting Maroons hit five homeruns in the doubleheader and held a 25-14 advantage in total hits. Michelle Marra (8-5) suffered the opening game pitching loss while Andrea Reinecke (4-2) took the defeat in the nightcap. Stephanie Faber batted 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the second game.
Flying Dutch Split Home Opening Doubleheader (3/29/11)
In the opener Hope's bats were silenced as the Flying Dutch were limited to four singles. Hope's bats came alive in the second game behind 14 hits, including four doubles and a pair of homeruns by sophomore Jo Forst, her first as a collegian.
Senior Andrea Reinecke pitched a three-hitter in the victory and helped her own cause with three hits and three RBIs. Senior Michelle Marra took the pitching loss in the opener.
Flying Dutch Win a Pair in Florida (3/24/11)
The Flying Dutch literally stole their victory against Allegheny behind seven stolen bases. Andrea Reinecke pitched the complete game victory behind six strikeouts and no walks. Collecting two stolen bases apiece were Reinecke, Laura Tjepkema and Kristin Higgs. Hope's hits were spread across five players with Stephanie Faber collecting a triple and Jo Forst a double.
Stephanie Faber's double with one out in the bottom of the ninth drove in two runs for the victory against Benedictine. Michelle Marra pitched the victory in relief of Andrea Reinecke. Faber batted 3-for-4 while Suzie Stevenson was credited with two stolen bases.
Flying Dutch Split in Florida Games (3/22/11)
Flying Dutch Split Florida Games (3/21/11)
Hope 6, SUNY-New Paltz 4: Senior Andrea Reinecke pitched the complete game victory and helped her own cause with a pair of RBIs. Hope's eight-attack was bolstered by doubles hit by Abby Phillips, Kori Nieuwsma, Emma Page and Jo Forst.
St. Thomas, Minn. 7, Hope 5: Senior Kori Nieuwsma hit a three-run homer to give Hope the lead in the first inning, but St. Thomas scored three times in the fourth inning to break a 4-4 tie. Senior Michelle Marra took the complete game pitching loss. Hope outhit St. Thomas 11-9 with Abby Phillips, Stephanie Faber, Suzie Stevenson and Emma Page each having a pair. Stevenson's hit were both doubles.
Flying Dutch Win Twice to Open Florida Games (3/19/11)
The Flying Dutch made a first inning run stand up the rest of the way as Marra pitched a five-hit shutout, the fourth of her career. She struck out five batters and walked none. Back-to-back singles by Abby Philips and Stephanie Faber was followed by a double-steal that put both baserunners in scoring position. A fielder's choice putout of Kori Nieuwsma allowed Phillips to score what would turn out to be the game's only run. Leading Hope's eight-hit attack was led by Phillips and Laura Tjepkema who each had a pair of singles.
In the Bethel victory, senior pitcher Michelle Marra threw a three-hitter and was backed by an 11-hit attack led by Laura Tjepkema who batted 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Collecting two hits apiece were Abby Phillips, Suzie Stevenson and Emma Page. The Flying Dutch took advantage of eight Bethel fielding errors that result in five unearned Hope runs.
Doubleheader is Prelude to Florida Trip (3/17/11)
Kori Nieuwsma's two-run homerun in the top of the seventh had given Hope a 5-3 lead. Pitcher Andrea Reinecke collected her fifth strikeout of the game to open the bottom of the seventh inning when time ran out. Stephanie Faber had a pair of hits, including a double and two RBIs.
In the opener a six-run fourth inning spelled the difference for the Thunder. Hope's 10-hit attack was led by Laura Tjepkema who was 3-for-3, Michelle Marra took the pitching loss with a strikeout and two walks.
Flying Dutch Win Three of Four on Opening Weekend (2/26/11)
Sophomore Kristin Higgs of Sturgis/Sturgis HS and senior Andrea Reinecke of Eaton Rapids/Eaton Rapids HS were named to the all-tournament team. Higgs batted .615 (8/13) in the tournament from the #9 position in the order with a triple, four homeruns and 11 RBIs. Reinecke batted .500 (7/14) with a double, triple, three homeruns and nine RBIs. She also pitched a victory and when not on the mound played second base.