@AdrianBaseball Secures Tenth 30-Win Season in a Row in 6-5 Walk-Off Triumph on Senior Day

The 2017 Adrian College baseball senior class was honored between games in Saturday's doubleheader versus Hope College. (Photo by Mike Dickie)
The 2017 Adrian College baseball senior class was honored between games in Saturday's doubleheader versus Hope College. (Photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team reached the 30th-win plateau for the 10th year in a row with a 6-5 win in eight innings as part of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader split with visiting Hope College on Saturday on Senior Day. The Flying Dutchmen, however, came from behind in Game 2 to win 3-2.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian 6-3-2, Hope 5-4-3; Game 2--Hope 3-7-2, Adrian 2-5-0

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 57 degrees, Wind N 17 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 30-10 overall/23-5 MIAA; Hope Flying Dutchmen 24-16 overall/17-11 MIAA

= National Rankings: Adrian ("RV" National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com, 28 points; "RV" American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 11 points)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Ryan Dorow had two hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in during the twinbill.

= Junior Frank Resto drove in two runs on a pair of walks in the opener.

= Senior Ian Mikowski walked four times and stole three bases in the two games.

= Relief pitcher Shane Healy celebrated his Senior Day by throwing two scoreless innings to get his first win of the season in the opener.

THE OPPOSITION
= JP Batts was 3-for-5 with two walks and a pair of RBI on the afternoon.

= Nick Lepore had two hits on the day.

= Matt VanDyken (W, 4-1) pitched a complete-game to salvage the split for Hope. He allowed five hits, two runs and a walk with four strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Adrian loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning as Resto was hit by a pitch, Mikowski was intentionally walked after sophomore pinch-runner Jason Croci advanced to second base on a failed pickoff attempt and senior Brian Killinger walked. After a pitching change, Dorow hit into a fielder's choice to shortstop but the Dutchmen couldn't turn the inning-ending double play, driving in Croci with the walk-off run.

= Trailing 5-1 in the top of the sixth, Hope was able to force extra inning by putting across four runs on just one hit, two hitbatsmen and taking advantage of a throwing error that led to two of the runs being unearned. Danny Carras had a RBI-single through the right side to start the rally and Drew Lunsford capped it with a RBI groundout to second base.

= After Batts gave the Flying Dutchmen a 1-0 lead on an infield single in the top of the first, Adrian responded with a run in the second and two each in the third and fourth to go up 4-1. The Bulldogs first three tallies came via a bases loaded walk. In the fourth, Dorow had a RBI-triple to the left-center field wall and sophomore Dugan Darnell followed with a sacrifice fly to right to bring home Dorow.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
Michael Barnett snapped a 2-2 tie on a sacrifice fly to center field in the sixth inning. Landon Brower and Batts hit back-to-back singles to start it. Brower went to third on the hit by Batts, who was trying to stretch it into a double but was tagged out. Brower scored on Barnett's flyball.

= Things started well enough for the Bulldogs who built a 2-0 lead on a RBI by Dorow in the first and junior Brian Guck's RBI-groundout in the third. 

= But Hope equalized with a pair of runs in the fifth. Lunsford and Jordon Fairchild connected on back-to-back RBI singles.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is ranked third in the second NCAA Division III Mideast Region Rankings.

= Hope leads the all-time series, 94-74, but Adrian has won 14 of the past 19 meetings.

= The Bulldogs will serve as the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament and will host three other teams after the first day, May 10-12.

= Mikowski needs two hits to set the Bulldogs' single-season record, which is currently held by Alex Cowart with 71 in 2009 and 2010.

= The Bulldogs are 1-2 in extra-inning games this spring.

= Dorow eclipsed the 50-RBI mark for the second straight year. He leads the MIAA with 52 this spring.

= During the Hope weekend, Killinger surpassed 100 hits in his Bulldogs career. He has 103 in 89 games in this, a career season that includes a .429 batting average.

= Batts ranks third in the conference with a .436 batting average.

= Between games today, the Adrian coaching staff and fans honored the Bulldogs 12-member senior class for their contributions to the program over the last four years.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against a MIAA tournament opponent to be determined after play on Sunday. Stay tuned to AdrianBulldogs.com for more information.

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