PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - No. 9 Adrian College baseball got out of the cold weather and into the swing of things on Monday with a 12-7 win over Muskingum (0-2). The Bulldogs might not have had the cleanest game but that much can be expected in the first game of the season. The bats certainly did not take a long time to warm up as Adrian pounded out 13 hits against Muskingum.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the second and then added five runs in the fourth to take an 8-4 lead after three and a half innings. Adrian added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to keep their distance from MU. Junior Sam Fischer went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI's in the leadoff spot. The top five hitters in the order each had an RBI for the Bulldogs including a team-high three RBI's from junior R.J. Rios. Rios' hit in the contest was a big one clearing the fence.
Junior Rylie Robinson got the start for Adrian and had a rocky start going six innings and allowing eight hits and five earned runs. He got enough run support and did limit a big inning by Muskingum with seven strikeouts. The Adrian bullpen did an outstanding job going three innings and allowing two earned runs. Holden Branch threw in the seventh giving up both runs. Jeff Davis and Lucas Willitzer allowed no hits in the last two innings.
"Rylie competed and gave us a chance to win," said head coach Craig Rainey. "It was a good quality start for his first outing. It was not his best start but good pitcher find a way to get through it. We swung the bats very well and executed offensively in situations. We have to keep getting better on defense in particular."