ALLENTOWN, Pa.--Adrian College, which reached the Mideast Regional "final four" of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, appears in the No. 29 spot of the final American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national rankings for the 2018 season. The Bulldogs received 70 points as the only Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association representative earning points in the ABCA/CBN Top-30. The program was listed in the season's last five ABCA polls.
Adrian also was receiving votes in the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top-25 with 45 points, and would be 29th in the nation if that poll was extrapolated beyond the top-25.
The Bulldogs, who hosted the NCAA Mideast Regional for the second time since 2009, went 2-2 in a field that included seven of the eight teams that earned points in the ABCA/CBN final national rankings. Those other schools include No. 5 Wooster (Ohio), No. 25 La Roche (Pa.), No. 27 Wabash (Ind.), "RV" Shenandoah (Va.), "RV" Ithaca (N.Y.) and "RV" Otterbein (Ohio). Adrian defeated higher seeded squads La Roche and Otterbein before falling to regional champion Wooster and Wabash.
Adrian was the No. 1 seed in the MIAA Tournament, sweeping the regular-season and postseason conference titles for the sixth time since the event started in 2012. The Bulldogs own the MIAA record of 10 consecutive conference championships.
The Bulldogs and 25-year head coach Craig Rainey finished with a 35-12 record, which is their 11th 30-win season in a row and the third-most victories in program history (behind 37 in 2012 and 36 in 2008). In its 12th NCAA appearance, Adrian had its deepest tournament run since 2014 when the team lost in the Midwest Regional finals in Whitewater, Wis. The 2018 campaign produced two All-Americans, six All-MIAA standouts and four major individual awards at the conference and region levels.
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