Adrian College Suffers First NCAA Regional Loss to No. 26-Ranked Concordia-Chicago, 7-2

Adrian College Suffers First NCAA Regional Loss to No. 26-Ranked Concordia-Chicago, 7-2

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WHITEWATER, Wis.—Nationally-ranked Concordia Chicago broke open a close game midway through with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Adrian College, 7-2, in Game 8 of the UW-Whitewater hosted Midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship on Friday.
THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Concordia-Chicago 7-13-2, Adrian 2-8-1 (NCAA Midwest Regional Game #8)
= Location: Prucha Field at Miller Stadium, Whitewater, Wis.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 46 degrees, Wind NE 9 mph (Wind Chill 43 degrees)
= Records: #2 seed Concordia-Chicago Cougars 31-11 overall; #3 seed Adrian Bulldogs 34-12 overall
= National Rankings: Adrian ("RV" National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com, 26 points; "RV" American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 27 points)' Concordia-Chicago (No. 26 ABCA/CBN; "RV" NCBWA/D3baseball, 17 points;
TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Ian Mikowski went 3-for-5 with a run scored and stolen base.
= Freshman Tristin Richardson was 2-for-4 and he had a run batted in.
= Senior Dakota Cararo had a single off the bench.
= Classmate Shane Healy pitched well in relief, striking out two and allowing a hit in 1-2/3 scoreless innings.
THE OPPOSITION
= Bryan VanDuser and Brent Spohr had three hits apiece, while Spohr drove in a game-high three runs.
= Joe Silva and Doug Matthews each had two hits. Silva walked twice.
= Keaton Conner (6-3) went six innings to get the win. He allowed three hits, four walks, two runs (1 earned) and had five strikeouts.
= Mike Formella pitched three scoreless innings for his sixth save. He scattered five hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= In the decisive bottom of the sixth inning, VanDuser put CUC in the lead for good with a RBI-single to right-center field and Spohr got two RBI on a bases-loaded single to center. A throwing error from the outfield allowed a third run to score on that same play, making the score 6-2.
= Richardson broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth when he singled to right-center field to bring home senior Ryan Dorow from second base, who was hit by a pitch to leadoff. That was the first time the Bulldogs got a runner in scoring position.
= But the Cougars answered in their bottom half to take their first lead of the night. The first three batters reached as Kevin Coppin walked, Justin Rodriguez singled to left field and Matthews had a RBI-double to left-center field to plate Coppin. Brendan Klein made it 2-1 when he grounded out to shortstop that brought home Rodriguez from third base.
= Adrian equalized 2-2 in the fifth by taking advantage of an error to score an unearned run. Mikowski hit an infield single to shortstop and then stole second. Sophomore Dugan Darnell hit a grounder to the pitcher, barehanded, who threw wildly to first base as Mikowski came around to score.
= CUC outhit the Bulldogs, 13 to 8, and both teams left nine runners on base.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Mikowski extended his Bulldogs' season stolen bases record to 39 today, which ranks top-5 in the nation.
= The 'Dogs fall to 18-22 all-time in 11 NCAA tournament appearances.
= Adrian and CUC are now tied 2-2 in the all-time series—all four games occurring in NCAA tournament play and three in Whitewater, Wis.
= The Cougars are in their eighth NCAA Tournament and now have a 12-14 record all-time.
= Adrian freshman pitcher Pierce Banks loses for just the first time in nine decisions (8-1).
NEXT UP
= Adrian will play fourth-seeded St. Scholastica (33-9) at 2:15 p.m. EDT (1:15 CDT) Saturday in an elimination game. If the Bulldogs win, then they would play the winner of St. Thomas vs. UW-Whitewater later that night at 8:45 Eastern/7:45 Central in another elimination game.
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Regional Schedule/Results (all times Central)
Thursday, May 18  
10 a.m. Game 1 - UW-La Crosse def. St. Scholastica, 11-2 || Box Score
1:15 p.m. Game 2 - UW-Whitewater def. St. Norbert, 4-2 || Box Score
4:30 p.m. Game 3 - Adrian def. St. Thomas, 5-2 || Box Score
7:45 p.m. Game 4 - Concordia Chicago def. Macalester, 8-3 || Box Score
Friday, May 19  
10 a.m. Game 5 - St. Scholastica def. St. Norbert, 2-0 || Box Score (St. Norbert eliminated)
1:15 p.m. Game 6 - St. Thomas def. Macalester, 3-2 (11 innings) || Box Score (Macalester eliminated)
4:30 p.m. Game 7 - UW-La Crosse def. UW-Whitewater, 5-2 || Box Score
7:45 p.m. Game 8 - Concordia Chicago def. Adrian, 7-2 || Box Score
Saturday, May 20  
10 a.m. Game 9 - St. Thomas (27-17) vs. UW-Whitewater (36-8)
1:15 p.m. Game 10 - St. Scholastica (33-9) vs. Adrian (34-12)
4:30 p.m. Game 11 - UW-La Crosse (30-17) vs. Concordia Chicago (31-11)
7:45 p.m. Game 12 - Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10