Bulldogs Baseball Drops 10-3 Decision at Berry College in First Loss of the Season

Tristin Richardson was one of three Bulldogs to have two hits against Berry College on Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Tristin Richardson was one of three Bulldogs to have two hits against Berry College on Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

MOUNT BERRY, Ga.--Host Berry College used a six-run fifth inning to earn a 10-3 comeback victory over the previously undefeated Adrian College baseball team on Saturday afternoon. 

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Berry 10-14-1, Adrian 3-9-3

= Location: William R. Bowdoin Field, Rome, Ga.; Weather: Clear, 62 degrees, Wind S 9 mph

= Records: Berry Vikings--8-4 overall; Adrian Bulldogs--3-1 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
= Juniors Dugan Darnell, Chad Paddock and sophomore Tristin Richardson (double) had two hits apiece to pace Adrian.

= Junior Jordan Torrento chipped in a double. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Zack Walch went 3-for-3, including a double, with three runs scored along with a walk.

= Spence Johns was 2-for-5 with three runs batted in. 

= Jacob Delk, Quinn Smith and Devin Post also had two hits apiece. Smith had two RBI.

= Ben Coker (W, 3-1) started seven innings while allowing two runs (1 earned), six hits and a walk. He recorded seven strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Berry outhit Adrian 14 to nine.

= Things started well enough for the Bulldogs, who led 2-0 by the fourth inning. Senior Frank Resto had a RBI-single to left field in the top of the second inning to stake Adrian a 1-0 lead. Two frames later, Richardson doubled, then stole third base and would score on an error by the center fielder.

= Johns put the Vikings ahead to stay, 3-2, with a two-run single to left-center field as part of a six-run frame in the fifth. Berry scored four other runs on a throwing error, twice on a RBI-groundout and a single.

= Berry scored four more insurance runs over the next three innings.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Berry takes a 2-1 lead in the all-time series that started in 2015. The Vikings also won last season, 4-2, on Feb. 26.

UP NEXT
= Adrian continues its southern spring break tour on Sunday against Marietta College on the Berry College campus, starting at noon.

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