@AdrianBaseball Rolls Hope College on Senior Day for Eleventh 30th-Win Season in a Row

The Adrian College baseball 2018 senior class is honored between games of a Friday doubleheader versus Hope College. (Photo by Mike Dickie)
The Adrian College baseball 2018 senior class is honored between games of a Friday doubleheader versus Hope College. (Photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College baseball team completed an undefeated Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season at home after sweeping a Friday doubleheader over visiting Hope College on Senior Day, 9-2 and 11-8. 

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1—Adrian 9-8-1, Hope 2-6-3; Game 2—Adrian 11-14-1, Hope 8-12-2

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather Conditions: Sunny, 64 degrees, Wind NNW 22 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs, 30-6 overall (24-2 MIAA); Hope Flying Dutchmen, 14-22 overall (12-14 MIAA)

= National Rankings: Adrian is 16th by D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, 213 points; No. 23 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 144 points

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Brady Wood was 5-for-6, including a double and triple, with three walks and three runs scored during the doubleheader.

= Senior Hunter Hayes led all student-athletes with four runs batted in on the afternoon.

= Classmate Tommy Parsons improved to 8-0 on the mound with a complete-game, six-hitter. He had seven strikeouts against no walks.

= Juniors Dugan DarnellZack Zschering and sophomore Tristin Richardson had three hits apiece in the twinbill.  

THE OPPOSITION
= Jonathan Sojka was 3-for-5 and Evan Maday went 2-for-3 in the second game.

= Trace Slancik and Danny Carrasco both had two hits on the day.

= Landon Brower and Joey Merucci posted two RBI each in the opener and nightcap, respectively. 

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= The Bulldogs scored four times in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Hayes drew a bases loaded walk, Darnell hit a two-run single to center field and Richardson capped it with a RBI-double to right field.

= The Flying Dutchmen cut the deficit in half, 4-2, in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and one out, Brower had a two-run single off a diving second baseman's glove. The Bulldog defense prevented more runs by turning an inning-ending double play.

= Leading 5-2 after three, Adrian tacked on four insurance runs in the fourth. Hayes provided the highlight with a bases-clearing double to left-center and he would later score on a fielding error.

= Parsons threw 89 pitches, 69 for strikes. He allowed a base runner to second only twice after the second inning. 

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Adrian scored in each of the first four innings, including five unearned runs in the opening frame. The Bulldogs capitalized on two Hope errors and junior Justin McMann hit a key two-run double to left field.

= Adrian built an 11-1 lead before the Flying Dutchmen rallied for six runs in the sixth to close 11-7. Carrasco hit a leadoff homer to left field and Merucci capped it with a two-run single to center field as a pinch-hitter.

= Hope threatened again in the seventh, but Adrian freshman relief pitcher Mo Hanley shut the door. Hanley inherited a runner on third base and an 11-8 lead with one out when he struck out Maday and Merucci without further damage.

= Hanley finished his outing with his first collegiate save after going 2-2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is ranked fourth in the second of three NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Rankings, released recently.

= Hope sees its season's best four-game winning streak snapped.

= Maday ranks second in MIAA batting average at .400, followed by No. 4 Wood at .388 and No. 5 Hayes, .381.

= Parsons continues to lead the conference in victories (9-0), strikeouts (94) and earned-run average (1.44).

= The opening game was delayed 28 minutes at the start due to lightning protocol.

= The Flying Dutchmen lead the all-time series 94-76, but Adrian has won 38 of the last 51 meetings; four of the past five games before today had been decided by one run.

= Adrian owns an 18-game winning streak at home dating back to last season. 

= Sophomore Gunner Rainey has 99 career hits in an Adrian uniform, and senior Frank Resto has 98.

= All 11 of the AC program's 30-win seasons have come since 2008 and during the Craig Rainey coaching era.

= The Bulldogs won all 16 of their MIAA home games this spring--the first undefeated season at home in conference play in school history.

UP NEXT
= These same two teams conclude their four-game series in Holland on Saturday with a doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m.

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