@AdrianBaseball Wins MIAA Championship Outright with Quick Start, Game 1 Win at Hope

Junior Brian Guck had a terrific day starting in place of the injured Hunter Hayes in the doubleheader at Hope College, finishing with three hits and two RBI Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Junior Brian Guck had a terrific day starting in place of the injured Hunter Hayes in the doubleheader at Hope College, finishing with three hits and two RBI Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

HOLLAND, Mich.--Adrian College used a fast start to win Game 1, 11-4, capturing the 2017 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball championship outright, before host Hope College came back to walk-off in the nightcap, 12-11 in 10 innings, on Friday.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian 11-10-0, Hope 4-9-4; Game 2--Hope 12-14-4, Adrian 11-15-2

= Location: Boeve Stadium, Holland, Mich.; Weather: Cloudy, 52 degrees, Wind 11 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 29-9 overall/22-4 MIAA; Hope Flying Dutchmen 23-15 overall/16-10 MIAA

= National Rankings: Adrian ("RV" National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com, 28 points; "RV" American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 11 points)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshman Tristin Richardson was 4-for-6 with three walks, four runs batted in and two runs scored in the doubleheader.

= Seniors Ryan Dorow (3 RBI), Brian Killinger (4 runs) and junior Brian Guck (2 RBI) all had three hits on the day.

= Senior Ian Mikowski walked four times, stole two bases and scored four runs on the afternoon.

= Junior right-handed pitcher Tommy Parsons scattered nine hits and four runs over six innings to improve to 9-1 on the season. He struck out seven while issuing no walks.

THE OPPOSITION
= Jordon Fairchild and Nick Lepore both had four hits and three RBI apiece in the two games.

= No. 9 hitter Drew Lunsford went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in both contests.

= Tanner Gilmore, who went 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI as the designated hitter in Game 2, picked up the win in relief. He pitched 1-2/3 scoreless innings to chalk up his first win of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Adrian sprinted to a 5-0 lead before the bottom of the first inning. The Bulldogs took advantage of two Hope errors to score four unearned runs and Richardson hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

= Hope got on the scoreboard with two runs in the third. Lepore doubled to center field and Mason Opple followed with a run-scoring single down the left field line.

= In the top of the fifth, Adrian had another big inning with four runs on six hits to increase the lead to 9-2. The first four batters had hits starting with Mikowski's triple, Killinger's RBI-double, Dorow's RBI-triple and Darnell's RBI-single. Junior Frank Resto capped it with a RBI-single.

= The Flying Dutchmen got two of the runs back in the home half of the frame: Fairchild had a RBI single and Lepore knocked in their final run on a groundout.

= Adrian wrapped up the scoring in the sixth when Dorow and Killinger had RBI doubles.

= Six of Adrian's 10 hits went for extra bases.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Codey Houts singled to center field to bring home JP Batts with the game-winning run. Batts led off with a double.

= Both teams had golden opportunities to go ahead late in the contest, but left the bases loaded in all three cases. Hope loaded the bases in the ninth, but Spencer Ford initiated a 1-2-3 double-play and struck out Landon Brower to keep it tied. Adrian had the bases loaded in the 9th and 10th, but couldn't get the go-ahead tally to cross home plate.

= Adrian forced extra innings by getting four runs over the eighth and ninth. The Bulldogs were able to close 11-10 when senior Miccoy Drzewiecki had a RBI-single, Mikowski reached on a fielder's choice to bring in the ninth run and he would later score on an error after a stolen base. Then senior Dakota Cararo tied it 10-all with a RBI-single to left field to bring home junior pinch-runner Aaron Ajrouche.

= Gilmore drilled a home run with two on base to break a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the sixth, giving Hope the lead for good at 10-7.

= Trailing 4-0, Adrian plated seven runs in the third to go up by three. Richardson had the big hit on a three-run homer.

= Hope took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run triple off the bat of Batts.

= Fairchild lifted a ball to center field for a sacrifice fly and Lepore singled to left field in the Hope second inning, increasing the advantage to 4-0.

= The teams combined to leave 23 runners on base (Adrian, 12; Hope, 11).

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is ranked third in the second NCAA Division III Mideast Region Rankings.

= Hope leads the all-time series, 93-73, but Adrian has won 13 of the past 17 meetings.

= The Bulldogs will serve as the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament and will host three other teams after the first day, May 10-12.

= The Bulldogs won nine games in a row, outscoring opponents 95-21 during that span, until Hope snapped the streak in Game 2.

= Mikowski needs two hits to set the Bulldogs' single-season record, which is currently held by Alex Cowart with 71 in 2009 and 2010.

= Mikowski also continues to pace the MIAA in batting at .490.

= Parsons widen his conference lead with nine victories--tying the amount he had during his 2016 sophomore campaign.

= Four of the top five batters in the league are in this series: Mikowski, Killinger (3rd, .433), Batts (4th, .430) and Dorow (5th, .422).

= The Bulldogs are 0-2 in extra-inning games this spring.

UP NEXT
= Adrian and Hope conclude their four-game series on Saturday, shifting to Adrian's Nicolay Field. Game times are 1 and 3:30 p.m., and the Bulldogs will be honoring their 11-member senior class after the first contest.

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