Frank Resto and Gunner Rainey Reach 100-Hit Milestone as Baseball Wraps Up MIAA Slate

Senior Frank Resto was one of two Bulldogs today to collect 100 career hits for Adrian College. Sophomore Gunner Rainey reached that milestone in the first game of a doubleheader at Hope; Resto in the nightcap. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Frank Resto was one of two Bulldogs today to collect 100 career hits for Adrian College. Sophomore Gunner Rainey reached that milestone in the first game of a doubleheader at Hope; Resto in the nightcap. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

HOLLAND, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College baseball team Saturday wrapped up the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season at Hope College, as the host Flying Dutchmen overcame large deficits to take both ends of the doubleheader 11-9 and 17-12.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1—Hope 11-15-2, Adrian 9-13-1; Game 2—Hope 17-13-4, Adrian 12-15-1

= Location: Boeve Stadium, Holland, Mich.; Weather Conditions: Sunny, 75 degrees, Wind E 5 mph

= Records: Hope Flying Dutchmen, 16-22 overall (14-14 MIAA); Adrian Bulldogs, 30-8 overall (24-4 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 7-for-10, with a home run and double, and drove in five runs during the doubleheader.

= Classmate Gunner Rainey scored four times on the day and had three hits in the opener.

= Senior Hunter Hayes smacked two home runs and had five runs batted in during the first contest.

= Junior Zack Zschering went 4-for-10 with two runs scored and three RBI on the afternoon. 

= Classmate Jordan Torrento had four hits, including a home run, five runs and three RBI in the twinbill.

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THE OPPOSITION
= Mason Opple had three home runs as part of a 4-for-10, four-RBI performance to pace the Hope offense today.

= Trace Slancik recorded five hits, five RBI and six runs in the two games.

= Danny Carrasco notched two hits in each game.

= Landon Brower was 4-for-7 with six RBI in both contests.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Opple and Slancik each belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs for the walk-off win, after the Flying Dutchmen entered the top of the frame trailing by a 9-7 score.

= After Slancik gave Hope a 2-0 advantage with a two-RBI single in the first, Adrian scored eight unanswered runs to go up 8-2 by the top of the fifth. Torrento hit his first career home run with a man aboard in the second and Zschering tripled with the bases loaded in the fourth to fuel the Bulldogs' comeback.   

= But the Dutchmen had a comeback story of their own in store. It started in the fifth when Landon Brower had a RBI-single to make it 8-3 and the hosts scored another tally on a fielding error.

= Then in the sixth, Hope closed within 9-7 on RBIs by Opple (home run), Nick Lepore (single) and Brower (sacrifice fly), scoring three runs on four hits and a walk to set the dramatic stage for the next stanza.

= In the top of the seventh, Adrian was hoping to increase its 9-7 lead by getting two base runners on with one out. Senior Frank Resto walked and Torrento was hit by a pitch, but winning pitcher Matt VanDyken (W, 2-4) escaped the threat by inducing Zschering to fly out and Rainey to pop up.

= Hope outhit Adrian by a 15-13 count and had 11 runners left on base compared to eight for the Bulldogs.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Like Game 1, things started well enough in the nightcap for the Bulldogs who led 3-0 after one and built an 8-0 bulge after 1-1/2 innings. Wood and Hayes connected for back-to-back home runs to ignite the quick start, and Hayes capped the five-run second inning with a grand slam.

= Hope, however, cut the deficit in half with four runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batter and an error in the second. Jordon Fairchild (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI) capped it with a two-double to right center.

= Then in the next inning, the Flying Dutchmen sent 11 men to the plate to score seven times on five hits, two hitbatsmen and a walk. No. 9 batter Brant Kym (2-for-5, 3 RBI) lifted a two-run homer to left field to knot the score 9-9 and after Evan Maday was hit by a pitch Fairchild homered to right-center to put the Dutch in the lead for good, 11-9.

= Hope outscored Adrian 6-3 the rest of the way to maintain their advantage for the win.

= Adrian left 14 runners on base.

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

= Wood is second in the MIAA with a .416 batting average while Hope's Maday ranks fourth at .383

= The Flying Dutchmen lead the all-time series 96-76, but Adrian has won 38 of the last 53 meetings.

= Rainey finished the opener with three hits, surpassing 100 for his 83-game AC career. He becomes the 38th Bulldog ever—and the second this season – to join the 100-hit club with 102.

= Resto had two hits in the nightcap to join Rainey with 100 career hits.

= The Bulldogs lost back-to-back games for the first time in two months.

= For the second time this season a Bulldog has tied the school single-game record with five hits as Wood did the feat in Game 2. Zschering also had five March 28 against then-nationally-ranked Heidelberg.

= Hayes leads the MIAA with career highs of seven home runs and 52 RBI; Opple ranks tied for second with five and third with 33, respectively.

= Hope scored its most runs against Adrian since an 18-16, extra-inning (8) victory on April 22, 2000, in Holland.

= The 79 runs scored combined this weekend are the most in a season series since the teams have been meeting since 1950 (according to available records).

UP NEXT
= Adrian closes the regular season on Monday when it hosts Mideast Region foe Baldwin Wallace (ranked 12th in the region) in a non-conference twinbill at Nicolay Field, starting at 2 p.m.  

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