Bulldogs Climb in NCAA Division III Baseball National Polls

Senior Frank Resto (#7) became Adrian's all-time leader in sacrifice bunts with 27 last month, breaking a record that stood for 12 years. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Frank Resto (#7) became Adrian's all-time leader in sacrifice bunts with 27 last month, breaking a record that stood for 12 years. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

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ADRIAN, Mich.--For the second consecutive week, the Adrian College baseball team is nationally-ranked in both major polls for NCAA Division III programs. The Bulldogs rise six spots to No. 16 in the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top-25 with a season-high 213 points for their third-straight appearance, while improving from No. 25 to No. 23 (144 points) in the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top-30.

The Bulldogs have won 19 of their past 21 starts to stand at 28-6 overall and lead the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings by nine games with a 22-2 league mark. Adrian has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIAA Tournament, extending the conference record of 10 consecutive championships. Leading the MIAA in several statistical categories, the team also lists among Division III leaders in winning percentage (3rd, .824), strikeouts per nine innings (10th, 9.7), earned-run average (12th, 2.92), strikeout-to-walk ratio (17th, 2.91), on-base percentage (23rd, .423), batting average (26th, .325), WHIP (33rd, 1.29) and doubles per game (37th, 2.27). Individually, senior pitcher Tommy Parsons is second with seven complete games, third with a 17.40 strikeouts per nine innings ratio, 10th with 0.66 walks allowed per nine innings, 11th with eight wins, 12th with 87 strikeouts and 17th with a 1.32 ERA. His battery mate senior Frank Resto is seventh at 0.31 sacrifice bunts per game. Freshman pitcher Jordan Williams also is 11th with an 8-0 record. Junior Jordan Torrento is 11th with 1.00 base on balls per game.

The national polls are split for the No. 1 team as Wooster tops D3baseball/NCBWA with 12 first-place votes among 602 points and Randolph-Macon-Va. debuts in the top spot with four first-place votes among 453 points according to ABCA/CBN.

Adrian closes out the MIAA schedule this weekend against Hope College, first in Holland on Friday (2 and 4:30 p.m.) and then at Adrian's Nicolay Field on Saturday (1 and 3:30 p.m.) to complete the four-game series. The Bulldogs have a chance to reach the 30-win milestone for the 11th season in a row, and can break the school record for conference victories of 25-3 set by the 2009 club.

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