Nationally-Ranked @AdrianBaseball Extends Win Streak to 10 After Walk-Off against Crosstown Saints

(Action photo by Mike Dickie)
(Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior Ryan Dorow delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift nationally-ranked Adrian College to a 5-4 come-from-behind, walk-off win Wednesday over crosstown Siena Heights University in the Battle of the Maple City among non-conference foes.

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Adrian 5-7-0, Siena Heights 4-11-1

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Sunny, 61 degrees, Wind WNW 6 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 18-6 overall; Siena Heights Saints 13-22 overall

= National Rankings: Adrian (No. 29 American Baseball Coaches AssociationlCollegiate Baseball Newspaper/"RV" D3baseball.com)

TOP 'DAWGS
= The top-three batters in the lineup had two hits apiece: seniors Ian Mikowski, Brian Killinger and Dorow.

= Dorow knocked in four of Adrian's five runs.

= Classmate Trevor Stevens (W, 1-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to get the victory. He had one strikeout while giving up three hits.

= Senior reliever Shane Healy, Adrian's fourth pitcher of the day, threw two scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. 

THE OPPOSITION
Brenden Baker went 3-for-4 with a run batted in.

Ty Schafer chipped in two singles.

Freddy Jehle had a triple and John Watts hit a double.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Adrian loaded the bases with no outs. Senior Miccoy Drzewiecki led off with walk, Mikowski reached via a walk and Killinger had a bunt single to third base. Dorow, the fourth batter in the frame, rapped a single through the left side of a drawn-in infield to plate sophomore pinch-runner Jordan Torrento (for Drzewiecki) and Mikowski to end it.

= The Saints had their chances, leaving 13 runners on base.

= SHU went ahead 4-3 in the top of the fifth. Baker and Schafer, the first two batters, reached via a single and walk. They advanced 90 feet after Bradley Connochie grounded out to the pitcher on a slow roller. With one out, Baker and Schafer attempted a delayed steal where Baker ventured too far off the third base bag, started to retreat and then broke for home plate to score as the third baseman couldn't receive the catcher's throw. (Schafer stayed at second base).

= Adrian knotted the score at 3-all in the fourth when Killinger had a RBI-single and Dorow hit a ground-rule RBI-double over the right-center wall.

= In the top-half of the frame, Ryley Overacker extended SHU's lead to 3-1 on a RBI-single to first base. But junior Nick Cecil, AC's first reliever of the afternoon, minimized the damage by getting John Watts to popup to the catcher to strand the bases loaded.

= SHU took a 2-1 advantage in the third as Kevin Ketvirtis had a RBI-groundout and Baker singled up the middle for another run.

= Adrian drew first blood in the first when Mikowski led off with a single, stole second and third base, and then scored when Dorow reached on a throwing error.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs are "receiving votes" (27 points) in the Week 7 D3baseball.com Top 25 poll. The team has won three of four games versus nationally-ranked competition so far this spring.

= Siena Heights is a NAIA-scholarship program affiliated with the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

= Adrian has 10 consecutive wins--its longest streak in five years. Since the last loss on March 28, the Bulldogs have outscored opponents 77 to 22.

= Mikowski raised his batting average to .479, which ranks tied for first in the MIAA.

= Dorow increased his season RBI total to 31--good for first in the conference.

= Adrian remains undefeated in seven home games.

= The SHU Saints still lead the all-time series 42-31, but the Bulldogs have taken 15 of the past 21 meetings.

= Dorow is two hits shy of tying the school record for hits in a career (235), according to the NCAA.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host Alma College on Good Friday (2 p.m. Video l Live stats) to begin a four-game Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association series. Then on Saturday, the series shifts to Alma for another twinbill, starting at 1 p.m. (Live stats).

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