Senior Ian Mikowski Raps Two Hits in @AdrianBaseball 3-0 Loss at Heidelberg

Ian Mikowski sits atop the MIAA leaderboard in batting average (.491), walks (14) and on-base percentage (.597) through games played on March 28, 2017. (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Ian Mikowski sits atop the MIAA leaderboard in batting average (.491), walks (14) and on-base percentage (.597) through games played on March 28, 2017. (Photo by Mike Dickie).

TIFFIN, Ohio--Alex Simun and Zach Doran combined on a five-hit shutout to lead host Heidelberg University to a 3-0 win over Adrian College in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Heidelberg 3-4-1, Adrian 0-5-1 

= Location: Peaceful Valley Field, Tiffin, Ohio; Weather: Cloudy, 40s, Wind 7 mph

= Records: Heidelberg Student Princes 11-7 l Adrian Bulldogs 8-6 overall

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Ian Mikowski went 2-for-5 as the only student-athlete with more than one hit.

= Classmates Ryan Dorow, Brian Killinger and freshman Tristin Richardson added a single each.

= Freshman starting pitcher Brian Gubbini (0-2) gave up two runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in five innings.

= Four Bulldog relievers--senior Shane Healy, sophomore Jesse Marks, senior Kyle Shepherd, junior Nick Cecil--kept the offense in the game by holding Heidelberg hitless and only a run over the final three innings (HU had nine runners left on base).

THE OPPOSITION
Evan Long went 1-for-3 with a walk, run batted in and two runs scored.

= Simun (1-1) got the win after pitching the first six innings with two walks and three strikeouts. He allowed five singles.

Doran earned the save by throwing the last three frames, when he did not allow a hit. He, too, had two walks and three strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Simun got all the run-support he needed in the bottom of the fifth inning when Long singled down the left field line to bring home the first run. Adam Hershberger, the next batter, made it 2-0 on a RBI-single to plate Long, who had reached second base on a throw to home plate on the previous play.

= HU got an insurance run in the seventh when Darrin Shirk drew a bases-loaded walk.

= Student Princes pitching frustrated Adrian batters all day long as the Bulldogs stranded 11 runners--six in scoring position.

= Adrian's best chance to get on the scoreboard came in the top of the seventh when freshman Gunner Rainey walked and senior Dakota Cararo was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. But Doran induced the 'Dogs into hitting three groundouts to escape the jam unscathed.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs are "receiving votes" (19 points) in the Week 4 D3baseball.com Top 25 poll. The team has won three of four games versus nationally-ranked competition so far this spring.

= Dorow extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first inning.

= Mikowski tops the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in hitting with a .491 average (26-for-53).

Heidelberg leads the all-time series 20 to 14, and Coach Craig Rainey is 13-15 versus HU during his Adrian tenure.

= The Bulldogs won last year's meeting, 14-13, in dramatic walk-off fashion at home, overcoming a seven-run deficit after five to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

= Today marked the first shutout in the series since April 29, 1992, when Heidelberg won 6-0 at home.

= The Bulldogs were averaging 7.69 runs before today's contest.

= Through 14 outings, Adrian starting pitching have compiled a 2.67 earned-run average (84.0 IP, 25 ER).

UP NEXT
= Adrian returns to the MIAA circuit this weekend versus defending MIAA tournament champion Kalamazoo College. The Bulldogs travel to the Hornets on Friday for a doubleheader before the four-game series shifts to Adrian's Nicolay Field on Saturday. Game times each day are 1 and 3:30 p.m. 

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