Bulldogs Run Win Streak to Nine Games After MIAA Series Sweep of Calvin, 7-2 and 13-4

The Adrian Bulldogs celebrate another baseball victory in 2019. (Action photo by Calvin Sports Information)
The Adrian Bulldogs celebrate another baseball victory in 2019. (Action photo by Calvin Sports Information)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College baseball team extended its season-long winning streak to nine games after dispatching visiting Calvin, 7-2 and 13-4, completing a four-game Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association weekend series sweep of the Knights. 

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian College 7-9-0, Calvin College 2-6-2; Game 2--Adrian 13-17-0, Calvin 4-8-2

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Sunny, 54 degrees, Wind SW 16 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 20-4 overall (13-1 MIAA); Calvin Knights 9-17 overall (5-11 MIAA)

= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 15 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (291 points) and No. 17 by the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (233) poll.

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Thomas Miller, the reigning MIAA Player of the Week, continued his hot streak with a 6-for-9 performance at the plate, including a pair of doubles, in today's doubleheader.

= Senior Dugan Darnell went 4-for-5 and scored five runs during the twinbill, plus he made a fantastic diving stop at third base to steal a hit in Game 2. Check out the video starting about 2:45.14 mark: https://youtu.be/m8E987H8yyk?t=9916

= In Game 2, sophomore Brandon Cooper was 3-for-5, including a double and triple, with three runs scored and two runs batted in.

= Besides Cooper, Darnell and Miller, Bulldogs with at least two hits in the second game: seniors Zack Zschering (triple), Jordan Torrento and juniors Gunner Rainey (double), Brady Wood.

= Senior Jason Schroeder (W, 1-1) was the Game 2 winner, striking out five batters in 6.1 innings. He worked around three walks and five hits while allowing just one run.

= Freshman Maxwell Denny (W, 5-0) pitched six strong innings for the Game 1 victory. He scattered six hits, allowed two runs and issued no walks with three strikeouts. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Ryan Petersen led Calvin with three hits on the afternoon.

= Leadoff batter Ryan Pena made three hits and drove in two runs in the doubleheader.

= Jeremy Clark also produced three hits in the two games, while Nick Vogel had two RBI in the second contest.  

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= The Knights struck first off the bat of Pena, a two-run triple down the right field line in the top of the second inning.

= Adrian cut the deficit in half in the bottom half when junior Tristin Richardson drilled a RBI-triple to the center field wall.

= The Bulldogs took the lead for good with two unearned runs in the fourth, taking advantage of a miscue in left field. Darnell doubled down the left field line and senior Korey Mazur walked to set the stage for Torrento lifting a flyball to left that the fielder dropped that would have ended the inning, but allowed the two baserunners to score for a 3-2 lead.

= Adrian added two more runs for insurance in each of the last two frames to end the game by five runs. They scored on a wild pitch, attempted double-steal of home, a sacrifice fly and single.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Adrian got all the runs they would need in the fourth inning when the Bulldogs sent 10 men to the plate, scoring six times on six hits and an error. Wood started the rally with a RBI-single to right center and senior Jason Croci had the big hit with a two-run double to the wall in left-center. The frame also featured a double-steal of home by Croci and Zschering to second base.

= Calvin ruined the shutout bid in the seventh inning. Ricky Padilla lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Matt Raymond, who reached on an infield single with one out.

= The Bulldogs outhit the Knights 17-8. Calvin left 10 runners on base.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian holds a commanding 100-75 all-time lead (55-37 at home) in the series against Calvin.

= Cooper takes over the MIAA batting lead with a .439 average.

= Rainey ended the day with one more RBI (33) than teammate Miller (32) to lead the conference.

= Denny takes sole possession of the MIAA pitching wins leaderboard with six. And his 1.78 earned-run average ranks second.

= Over a nine-game hitting streak, Miller is batting at a .615 clip (24-for-39, eight extra-base hits) with 15 RBI.

UP NEXT
= Adrian was supposed to play at Wittenberg Sunday afternoon, but due to a forecast for heavy rains in Springfield, Ohio, that non-conference meeting has been canceled. So the Bulldogs' next action will be on Tuesday at MIAA foe Kalamazoo for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. (This date was originally scheduled for March 31) 

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