Alma Outlasts @AdrianBaseball to Salvage Four-Game MIAA Series on Saturday

Action photo by Mike Dickie.
Action photo by Mike Dickie.

ALMA, Michigan--Alma College swept the nationally-ranked Adrian College baseball team in high-scoring affairs on Saturday, 15-14 in nine innings and 14-9, to gain a split of their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association four-game weekend series.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Alma 15-17-1, Adrian 14-9-3; Game 2--Alma 14-12-3, Adrian 9-11-1

= Location: Klenk Park, Alma, Mich.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind SSW 18 mph

= Records: Alma Scots 10-18 overall/8-8 MIAA; Adrian Bulldogs 20-8 overall/13-3 MIAA

= National Rankings: Adrian (No. 29 American Baseball Coaches Association-Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/"RV" D3baseball.com)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Ian Mikowski went 4-for-6 with four walks, five runs scored and three stolen bases during the doubleheader.

= Junior Hunter Hayes added four hits, including two doubles and two home runs, and five runs batted in on the afternoon.

= Senior Brian Killinger had five RBI to go along with three hits and two walks in the contests.

= Classmate Ryan Dorow scored four times in both games combined.

THE OPPOSITION
= Eric Frontzak (6-2) earned the win in both games, as a relief pitcher in the opener and then as a starter in the nightcap. He totaled 10 hits, eight runs (4 ER), two walks and two strikeouts in 8-1/3 innings combined.

= Adam Thoryk had four hits, including three doubles, and three RBI during the twinbill.

Vann Acker was 5-for-8, including three doubles, and was responsible for six runs (3 scored, 3 RBI) in the two games.

Ben Finzel drove in four runs on three doubles throughout the day.

= After sitting out the first game due to a one-game suspension (ejected in nightcap of Friday's game in Adrian), Alex Peczynski responded in the second with a 3-for-3 performance, three runs scored and three RBI plus a walk.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Down 14-12, Alma earned the walk-off win after Matthew Minaudo batted with the bases loaded and reached first on an error by the shortstop that scored Thoryk with the game-winning run, unearned. Thoryk and Nick Swanson had RBI-singles to tie it 14-all.

= The Bulldogs took a two-run advantage in the top-half of the frame as Mikowski had a RBI-triple to left-center field and Killinger followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Mikowksi.

= Hayes forced extra innings for the Bulldogs when he belted a home run with a man aboard in the seventh, knotting the score at 12-all. Dorow hit a two-run single up the middle to spark the four-run rally. 

= Adrian had built a 6-0 lead after the top of the first. Freshman Tristin Richardson had a two-run through the right side to highlight the inning.

= But Alma scored in five consecutive innings totaling 12 runs to take a 12-8 lead. The Scots took their first lead, 7-6, when Austin Roeske lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Minaudo and got another run when the fielder dropped the flyball.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= The Scots jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one inning and held on for the five-run win. Peczynski ignited the spurt with a two-run triple to center field. 

= Adrian got back in the game by the top of the third with a run in the second and three more in the third to make it 8-4. Hayes had another two-run homer to cap the three-run frame.

= Alma, however, got three runs back in the home half to go up 11-4. Peczynski, Thoryk and Jaret Koin drove in a run each on a triple, double and single, respectively.

= After Alma scored three more runs in as many innings apart, Adrian scored three more runs in the top of the ninth but the comeback was too late. Killinger had a RBI-single, senior Collin Parcher had a pinch-hit RBI-single and freshman Brady Wood added a sacrifice fly.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs are "receiving votes" (27 points) in the Week 7 D3baseball.com Top 25 poll.

= Adrian's 12-game winning streak was the longest streak in five years--the Bulldogs outscoring opponents 89 to 32 during that span.

= Adrian now leads the all-time series over the Scots, 100-81.

= Mikowski moved into second place in MIAA stolen bases with 17, which also paces Adrian. Greg Goffee from Alma also has 17.

= Frontzak's six victories are tied for first in the conference.

= Three of the top-five MIAA RBI leaders hail from Adrian: Dorow (34, 1st), Hayes (29, 4th) and senior Miccoy Drzewiecki (25, 5th).

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host Albion College (1/4 p.m.) on Saturday to begin a four-game MIAA series at Nicolay Field before the teams conclude their weekend the following day (1/4 p.m.) in Albion.

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