Bulldogs Breeze by Oglethorpe to Sweep Stormy Petrels, 18-1

Senior Brandon Baldus had a career-day with three hits and three runs batted in as Adrian cruised by Oglethorpe, 18-1, Saturday. (Action photo Special to AdrianBulldogs.com)
Senior Brandon Baldus had a career-day with three hits and three runs batted in as Adrian cruised by Oglethorpe, 18-1, Saturday. (Action photo Special to AdrianBulldogs.com)

ATLANTA--Bolstered by season highs of 19 hits and 18 runs scored, Adrian scored early and often in a convincing 18-1 non-conference baseball victory to sweep a two-game series at Oglethorpe on Saturday.

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Adrian College 18-19-0, Oglethorpe University 1-5-2

= Location: Anderson Field, Atlanta, Ga.; Weather Conditions: Cloudy, 55 degrees, Wind WNW 7 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs, 4-1 overall; Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels, 5-9 overall

= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 26 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (215 points) and "receiving votes" in D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (40 points) poll

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Brandon Baldus connected for career highs in hits (3-for-4) and runs batted in (3).

= Classmate Korey Mazur matched him with three hits and three RBI, plus two runs scored.

= Junior Brady Wood went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

= Classmate Gunner Rainey chipped in three hits, two RBI and three runs scored.

= Sophomore Thomas Miller had two hits, two RBI and three runs scored.

= Leadoff batter senior Zack Zschering walked three more times to give him six on the weekend. And he scored two runs.

= Sophomore Jordan Williams got his first win of the season after going five scoreless innings in which he gave up three hits and no walks while striking out five batters.

= Senior third baseman Dugan Darnell went 2-for-5 with two RBI and on the mound struck out the side in the ninth inning.

FOR THE OPPOSITION
= Alec Babb had a double to lead five different Petrels with a hit.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Williams and four Bulldog relievers got all the runs they would need when the offense put up five runs on five hits and a walk in the top of the very first inning. Rainey had a run-scoring single through the right side for a 1-0 advantage and Baldus capped it with a RBI-single down the left field line.

= Leading 10-0, Adrian iced the win with eight runs in the seventh. Miller started it with a two-run double down the right field line and sophomore Nick Rauch ended it with a two-run double of his own to right-center.

= Alex Featherstone scored on a passed ball for an unearned run in the home eighth inning to spoil Adrian's combined shutout bid.

= The Bulldogs outhit the Stormy Petrels 19 to five.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs improve to 7-2 all-time against the Petrels and 6-2 at Oglethorpe after the weekend sweep in which Adrian outscored its hosts, 32-9.

= Adrian is off to its best five-game start (4-1) since going 5-0 to begin the 2012 campaign.

= Mazur has supplanted sophomore teammate Brandon Cooper (T-2nd, .500) in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association batting with a .529 average.

= Rainey now ranks tied for second in MIAA RBIs with eight and Wood is tied for fourth with seven.

= Adrian also banged out 19 hits in the March 2 season opener against nationally-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a 15-2 win.

UP NEXT
= After Saturday's contest, the Bulldogs return home before going back on the road in a return trip to the state of Georgia next weekend when they play at Berry College (Friday, March 15), Cortland State (Saturday, March 16) and Marietta (Sunday, March 17). 

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