No. 39-Ranked @AdrianBaseball Moves to 3-0 for the First Time in Six Seasons

Frank Resto went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in Adrian's 9-5 win at Emory on Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Frank Resto went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in Adrian's 9-5 win at Emory on Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Junior Chad Paddock and senior Hunter Hayes hit home runs, and freshman Jordan Williams pitched six solid innings, to help propel the nationally-ranked Adrian College baseball team to a 9-5 non-conference victory at Emory University on Friday afternoon.

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Adrian 9-14-1, Emory 5-8-2

= Location: Chappell Park, Atlanta, Ga.; Weather: Sunny, 57 degrees, Wind SE 17 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs--3-0 overall; Emory Eagles--4-7 overall 

=National Rankings: Adrian ("RV" National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com, 34 points; No. 39 American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 188 points)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Paddock recorded a career-high three hits, including his first home run of the season and a double, in his Adrian debut. He also had two runs batted in and he scored three times. The Comstock High School product previously played at Lake Michigan College, a junior college located in Benton Harbor. 

= Junior Zack Zschering also established a career high with three hits and he had a RBI.

= In his collegiate debut on the mound, Williams allowed three runs (2 earned), five hits and two walks while striking out five Eagles.

= Senior Frank Resto, junior Dugan Darnell and sophomore Tristin Richardson added two hits apiece. Richardson had a double and RBI.

THE OPPOSITION
= Danny Kerning came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

= Jackson Grayson knocked in two runs on a single and sacrifice fly.

= Peter Freck, Emory's fourth and final pitcher of the day, went 2-1/3 scoreless innings while giving up two hits and he had two strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Paddock broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the third inning with his first home run of the season over the wall in left field.

= In Adrian's fifth inning, Hayes homered to left-center field after sophomore Gunner Rainey reached on a throwing error to lead off. Junior Justin McMann capped the three-run frame with a sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 6-2.

= The Bulldogs padded the advantage with another three-run frame in the seventh. Paddock had a RBI-double to right-center to spark it.

= The teams traded a pair of runs in the second inning. Adrian claimed a 2-0 lead after McMann reached on a fielding error to plate Richardson with an unearned run and junior Jordan Torrento drew a bases loaded walk. In the home half, Christopher Stern had a RBI-double to left-center and Michael Wilson had a run-tying single to center.

= Both teams had nine runners left on base. 

= Adrian outhit Emory 14 to eight, with the Bulldogs reaching a season's best.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian and Emory met for the first time since Feb. 26, 2008, when the Bulldogs edged the then- No. 5 ranked Eagles, 12-11. Emory now leads the all-time series 4-2.

= Emory has lost four consecutive games.

= The Bulldogs are 3-0 for the first time since 2012 when they started the season 5-0 in Florida and Georgia.

= Adrian senior pitcher Preston Perry has made two appearances over five innings without giving up an earned run so far this season.

= Darnell and Zschering share the team batting lead with a .417 average through three contests--both five-for-12. 

UP NEXT
= Adrian continues its southern spring break tour on Saturday when it plays at Berry College in Rome, Ga.  Video l LiveStats

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