@AdrianBaseball Concludes Regular Season at Home Versus Baldwin Wallace

Your 2018 Adrian College Bulldogs baseball team. (Photo courtesy of Joni Ehinger).
Your 2018 Adrian College Bulldogs baseball team. (Photo courtesy of Joni Ehinger).

ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College baseball team wrapped up the regular season by dropping both ends of a non-conference twinbill to visiting Baldwin Wallace University, 7-5 and 9-4.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1—Baldwin Wallace 7-5-2, Adrian 5-9-2; Game 2—Baldwin Wallace 9-10-0, Adrian 4-6-0

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather Conditions: Sunny, 67 degrees, Wind NNE 8 mph

= Records: Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets, 28-12 overall; Adrian Bulldogs, 30-10 overall

= 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 Gunner Rainey paced the offense with a 4-for-8 afternoon performance at the plate, with six runs batted in.

= Classmate Brady Wood and junior Jason Croci added three hits during the doubleheader. Both student-athletes had a double.

= Senior pitcher Preston Perry threw three scoreless innings without allowing a hit to keep the Bulldogs in Game 1.

THE OPPOSITION
= Chase Knodle went 4-for-7 with three RBI from the leadoff spot on the day.

= Alex Marcum had two hits and five RBI in Game 1.

= Brandon Wysong (W, 3-1) got the win in Game 1, pitching four scoreless innings while allowing three hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

= Spencer Berg picked up his first save of the season in the opener and earned the win in relief during the nightcap.

= Spencer Aukerman also was credited with his first save in the second game, going three innings of scoreless ball. He gave up one hit while striking out five and issuing no walks.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= BW scored twice in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Marcum homered to left field after Dudley Taw had walked.

= The Yellow Jackets got some insurance runs--five--in the fourth. Marcum hit a bases-clearing double down the third base line that proved to be the difference in the contest as BW led 7-0.

= The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, when Rainey homered with one aboard to left field.

= Adrian made things more interesting with three runs on four hits in the next inning. After two outs, Rainey singled to right-center to bring home Croci and Wood followed with a RBI-single to center as Rainey also scored on a bobble in the outfield during the same play.

= After Perry retired the BW side in order to begin the seventh, Adrian threatened in the bottom half by getting the first two batters to reach via a walk by senior Hunter Hayes and single by classmate Brian Guck. After senior pinch-hitter Aaron Ajrouche sacrificed to move the runners up a base, Berg came in and was able to halt the rally by getting Croci to strikeout looking and senior Frank Resto to flyout for the final two outs.

= Adrian outhit BW nine to five, but the Bulldogs had nine runners left on base. 

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= The Yellow Jackets scored first again, plating six runs in the top of the fourth to stay in the lead for good. Reese Albright hit a ground-run double down the right field line to score two to break a 0-0 tie and Dudley Taw capped it with a key two-run single up the middle. 

= But, like in Game 1, the Bulldogs fought back with four of their own in the bottom half. Junior Zack Zschering drew a bases loaded walk and Rainey cleared the bases with a double down the third base line to make it 6-4 in BW's favor.

= BW, however, scored three runs in the seventh to ice the win.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is ranked fourth in the second of three NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Rankings. The third public weekly rankings will be announced on Thursday.

= Adrian entered the day with an 18-game winning streak at home dating back to last season. 

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host Calvin College at 3 p.m. Wednesday to open the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship tournament. 

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