Adrian Begins NCAA Tournament with St. Thomas: 2017 Midwest Regional Notebook

Thursday signals Adrian's 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. (Photo by Mike Dickie)
Thursday signals Adrian's 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. (Photo by Mike Dickie)

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ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team will begin the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship in the Midwest Regional on Thursday against St. Thomas (Minn.), with nationally-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater serving as the host institution. The first-pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central Time) at 400-seat Prucha Field at Miller Stadium in Whitewater, Wis. 

Overall Records: Adrian is 33-11, including 12-7 on the road and 4-2 at neutral sites; St. Thomas is 26-16 in 2017, which includes marks of 7-4 on the road and 7-10 neutral.

Ticket Information: Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 Seniors/students/children, and the front gates will open 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to the start of the first game each day.

Multimedia: Live Stats and Live Video provided by the UW-Whitewater Athletic Communications Office. Adrian Athletics will have Twitter updates and videos throughout the week.  

How Adrian and UST Got Here: The Bulldogs are seeded No. 3 at the Midwest Regional after capturing their fifth Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament crown, earning the MIAA's automatic bid; The No. 6-seed Tommies are a Pool C (at-large) team out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.    

Bulldogs Versus the Tommies: UST holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series. The squads met during spring break in Homestead, Fla., for a Feb. 25 doubleheader in the 2001 season when the Tommies prevailed 6-5 and 8-2.

Rest of the Regional: The host UWW Warhawks (35-7 record) are seeded No. 1, followed by No. 2 Concordia Chicago (29-11), No. 4 St. Scholastica (32-8), No. 5 Wisconsin-La Crosse (28-17), No. 7 Macalester (26-15) and No. 8 St. Norbert (30-11).

Championship Make Up: On Sunday, the Division III Baseball Committee announced the 56 teams that will compete in the 2017 field. Six teams will compete at four regional sites and eight teams will compete at four regional sites. All regionals will use a double-elimination format. Forty-one conference champions qualified automatically.

Bulldog Bits: Adrian has won nine MIAA championships in a row, which is a conference record...the Dawgs have earned the MIAA tournament in five of its six seasons of existence (since 2012) and hosted as the No. 1 seed five times...AC went 3-1 versus the Top-25 this spring, including wins over No. 3 Birmingham Southern on March 2 (3-2 on the road), No. 9 Wooster on March 18 (8-5 in Florida) and No. 25 North Central on March 19 (won 21-4, lost 10-6 in Florida)...the Bulldogs also defeated NAIA-scholarship Siena Heights on April 12 (5-4 at home) and traditional national power Marietta on March 17 (9-2 at a neutral site)...Adrian was 20-2 in the month of April...the team put together two double-digit winning streaks this spring, including 12 in a row from April 1-14...AC has won 30 games in a season every year since 2008...senior designated hitter Miccoy Drzewiecki is batting .318 with nine home runs (two shy of tying a school record) and 39 runs batted in--the latter two establishing career highs--from the No. 9 spot in the lineup.

Coach Craig Rainey: The 1989 graduate is in his 24th season at his alma mater. Rainey has compiled a 618-399 (.608) career and school record. With a 427-165 (.721) conference record, he is the winningest baseball coach in MIAA history. 

Adrian Highlighted in NCAA National Statistical Rankings: The complete listing is here, but the Bulldogs are in the top-10 in hits (512), double plays (5th, 46), batting average (6th, .346), sacrifice flies (6th, 30), triples (7th, 22) and on-base percentage (10th, .427).

Honors, Honors, Honors: Adrian landed a MIAA-leading eight all-conference standouts including seven on the first team. Co-players of the year and senior teammates Ryan Dorow and Ian Mikowski as well as two-time MIAA Pitcher of the Year Tommy Parsons headline the listing.

Speaking of Parsons: The junior right-hander has tied a school record and currently ranks second in the nation with his 11-1 won-lost record. In 84 innings of work, he has compiled a 2.25 earned-run average and 93 strikeouts (11th in the nation). Parsons also is second entering the NCAA Tournament with 15.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Earlier this season, he tossed 44-1/3 innings without issuing a walk (believed to be a first in Division III history) and had 25 consecutive scoreless innings for 18th-longest streak ever in Division III.

Setting the Table: Mikowski is chasing NCAA statistical championships in on-base percentage (1st, .589), walks (2nd, 44), hits (2nd, school-record 77), runs scored (3rd, school-record 66), stolen bases (3rd, school-record 37) and batting average (5th, .475).

So Goes Dorow: The shortstop who has been drawing interest from Major League teams is the first player in MIAA history to be named to the first team all four years, as well as the first-ever three-time MIAA Position Player of the Year. His 72 hits are second in school history and he is batting .411 with two home runs, eight triples (which is third in the NCAA) and 54 RBI (eighth in the nation). This spring, he has set Adrian career records for runs scored (174), hits (262), doubles (56), total bases (419), RBI (187) and home runs (25).

Kill-inger Instinct: All-MIAA First Team selection Brian Killinger, a senior second baseman, ranks sixth in Division III with a school-record 15 sacrifice bunts. Not only has he shown an aptitude for giving himself up, but he's also contributed to the Bulldogs' impressive offense with career highs in batting average (.398), doubles (9), triples (4), runs scored (45), slugging (.540), RBI (32), on-base percentage (.485), stolen bases (16), hits (64) and walks (21).

Adrian NCAA History: The 'Dogs are 17-21 all-time in the NCAAs and had their highest finish of fourth-place at the 2008 Division III World Series held in Appleton, Wis. Adrian also had NCAA appearances in 2005-06-08-09-10-11-12-13-14-15 for 11 total. No other MIAA school has more than four.

St. Thomas in the NCAA: UST is 66-40 in 20 previous NCAA trips and has two national championships (2001, 2009) in its history. 

Next Up:
Winners of the eight regional tournaments will qualify for the double-elimination championship at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis., on Friday-Tuesday/Wednesday, May 26-30/31, 2017.

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NCAA regional schedule:

Thursday, May 18 (home teams listed first and all times listed Central)
Game 1 – St. Scholastica vs. UW-La Crosse, 10 a.m.
Game 2 – UW-Whitewater vs. St. Norbert, 1:15 p.m.
Game 3 – Adrian vs. St. Thomas, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Concordia Chicago vs. Macalester, 7:45 p.m.

Friday, May 19
Game 5 – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 6 – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 1:15 p.m.
Game 7 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 20
Game 9 – Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 7, 10 a.m.
Game 10 – Winner of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 8, 1:15 p.m.
Game 11 – Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 4:30 p.m.
Game 12 – Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10, 7:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 21
Game 13 – Winner of Game 12 vs. Loser of Game 11, 12 p.m.
Game 14 – Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 13, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 22
Game 15 – Winner of Game 14 vs. Loser of Game 14, TBD (if necessary)