Timely Hitting, Solid Pitching Nets @AdrianBaseball Home Sweep Over Kalamazoo, 5-0 and 17-4

Freshman Spencer Ford picked up his first collegiate win with a superb relief appearance in Game 2 of a twinbill sweep against Kalamazoo. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Freshman Spencer Ford picked up his first collegiate win with a superb relief appearance in Game 2 of a twinbill sweep against Kalamazoo. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team took over first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings on Saturday with a home sweep over defending MIAA tournament champion Kalamazoo College, 5-0 and 17-4.

The theme of the day was timely hitting and outstanding pitching by the Bulldogs, who are striving for their conference-record ninth conference championship in a row.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian 5-8-0, Kalamazoo 0-5-1; Game 2--Adrian 17-21-1, Kalamazoo 4-11-2

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Sunny, 50 degrees, Wind NW 8 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 10-6 overall/5-1 MIAA; Kalamazoo Hornets 11-4 overall/4-2 MIAA

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Ryan Dorow went 3-for-8 with two runs batted in, a walk and two runs scored on the day.

= Classmate Ian Mikowski also had three hits during the twinbill, plus he scored four times and knocked in two runs.

= Brian Killinger, a senior, was 4-for-8 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI in the two games.

= Junior pitcher Tommy Parsons (4-1) tossed a five-hit shutout in Game 1, fanning nine batters while walking none.

= Freshman Spencer Ford picked up his first collegiate win while working six solid innings in relief during the nightcap. In his fifth appearance for Adrian, he scattered six hits, two earned runs (3 total) and walked one while getting two strikeouts. 

THE OPPOSITION
Ian Kobernick was 4-for-6, including a double, with a walk and RBI.

Jordan Wiley, Ryan Orr and Kobernick combined for six of K-zoo's 11 hits in the second contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Adrian scored all five of its runs--all with two outs--in the bottom of the fifth inning. The big hit came off the bat of Mikowski who had a two-run double to the left-center gap that gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage at the time.

= K-zoo had three chances with runners in scoring position to get on the scoreboard, but each time Parsons pitched out of the jam. The Hornets left six runners on base for the opener.

= Kobernick, the second batter of the game, doubled but was stranded at second base after Parsons struck out the next batter and induced a ground out to first base.

= In the top of the third inning, the Hornets had back-to-back singles by Jordan Wiley and Kobernick, and then those runners advanced a base on a double steal. But Parsons struck out Jack Clark to end the threat.

Connor Grant and Alex Fultz began the Hornets' seventh with back-to-back singles. After a balk to advance the runners 90 feet, Parsons ended the game by bookending a pair of strikeouts around a flyout.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Junior college transfer Hunter Hayes led Adrian's 21-hit attack with three doubles in four trips to the plate, three runs scored and four RBI.

= Adrian freshman Tristin Richardson had four hits to set a personal record.

= Like the opener, Adrian scored five times in the decisive fifth inning--erasing a 3-2 deficit. Hayes sparked the frame with a bases-clearing double to left-center field to put the Bulldogs in front for good (5-3 at the time).

= Adrian blew the game open with seven runs in the eighth.

= K-zoo took a 3-2 advantage in the fourth when Wiley scored from third on a failed pickoff attempt at first base and then Kobernick had a RBI-single.

= In the third inning, freshman Gunner Rainey broke a 1-1 tie with a RBI-single through the left side to give Adrian its first lead.

= Ford entered the game in the second, inheriting the bases loaded with one out. On his first pitch to Orr, Ford got Orr to bounce into a 6-3 double-play to preserve the 1-all score.

= The teams traded runs in the opening stanza. Grant had a RBI-fielder's choice and Hayes countered with one of his own.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs are "receiving votes" (19 points) in the Week 4 D3baseball.com Top 25 poll. The team has won three of four games versus nationally-ranked competition so far this spring.

= Dorow owns a 15-game hitting streak, hitting .492 (31-63) during that stretch.

= Senior Miccoy Drzewiecki and Dorow are tied for the team lead with 18 RBI--good for third in the MIAA.

= This series features three of the MIAA's top-five hitters: Mikowski (.468), Dorow (.463) and Kobernick (.459).

= Parsons lowered his season earned-run average from 1.45 to 1.18, which now paces the MIAA. He also is first in wins (4) and strikeouts (37), and still has not issued a single walk in 38 innings of work.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 102 to 64.

= Adrian is the eight-time defending conference champion to tie a MIAA record while Kalamazoo is the defending MIAA tournament champion (that receives the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship). Both teams rank 1-2 in the preseason coaches' poll.

= The Bulldogs are averaging 7.6 runs and hitting .338 as a team.

UP NEXT
= These same two teams conclude their weekend series tomorrow afternoon in Kalamazoo, starting the doubleheader at 1 p.m. Game 1: Video / Live stats ; Game 2: Video / Live stats

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