ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College has made an indelible stamp on the club baseball circuit so far as a first-year program--and they want to keep it going. The Bulldogs are headed to the 2018 National Club Baseball Association Division III World Series in their inaugural season after defeating Edinboro University in the NCBA District 2 playoffs in a best-of-three-game series.
Adrian is 19-5 overall for a .792 winning percentage, including an 11-0 record in conference play in the NCBA District 2 West. The Bulldogs got to the national tournament after defeating the East champion Fighting Scots two-games-to-one at home last weekend, sandwiching 11-1 and 5-1 wins around a 10-8 loss.
"Our guys showed a lot of fight last weekend after getting beat in game two of the district playoff," commented Adrian head coach Brent Greenwood '14, who shined as a pitcher for the Bulldogs' NCAA varsity program from 2011-14. "It was winner take all in Game 3 on Sunday morning and we were electric from the get-go. You could just tell that these guys were not going to let this opportunity pass by."
As a result, Adrian will play District 3 winner West Georgia in Friday's first round of the NCBA World Series at Showers Field in Dubois, Pa., starting at noon. The double-elimination tournament, which also features District 1 champion New Hampshire and District 4 winner Missouri Science and Technology, runs through Sunday, May 20.
"Heading into the World Series is exciting but just like the rest of this year, it will be a learning process," said Greenwood. "Obviously, our goal is to go to Dubois and win the whole thing but I also feel that no matter the outcome our first season has been a huge success.
"We started the year with a group of individuals and it has been awesome watching these 30 guys transform into a team!"
The Bulldogs are led by junior Brandon Milligan who has a .438/.473/.750 slashline with two home runs and 18 runs batted in. Classmate Mark Cash is the ace of the pitching staff with a 6-0 record, 2.83 earned-run average and 37 strikeouts in 35 innings.
"I would like to thank everyone, especially the seniors for taking a chance on Adrian College Club Baseball," Greenwood said. "When we first met I couldn’t tell you who we were going to play, where we were going to play, what league we were going to play in, or what uniforms we were going to wear but the guys put that all aside for the love of the game.
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