Adrian Knocks Off No. 4 North Central-Ill., 5-4, to Close Snowbird Collegiate Baseball Classic

Adrian Knocks Off No. 4 North Central-Ill., 5-4, to Close Snowbird Collegiate Baseball Classic

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.--With a strong pitching performance in relief by freshman Jordan Williams, Adrian College wrapped up the 2018 Snowbird Collegiate Baseball Classic on Sunday with a 5-4 non-conference victory over nationally-ranked North Central College (Ill.). More details to come later....

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Adrian 5-8-1, North Central College 4-12-2 

= Location: Port Charlotte, Fla., North Charlotte Regional Park; Weather Conditions: Sunny, 83 degrees, Wind 6 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs—5-3 overall; North Central-Illinois Cardinals—2-4 overall 

=National Rankings: Adrian ("RV" National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com, 9 points); North Central-Illinois (No. 4 NCBWA/D3baseball, 522 points; No. 8 American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 287 points)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Dugan Darnell and sophomore Gunner Rainey led the offense with two hits apiece.

= Freshman relief pitcher Jordan Williams picked up his first career win in five scoreless innings in which he recorded three strikeouts. He walked two and gave up four hits in a lights-out performance on the mound.

= Classmate Drew Huffman earned his first career save.

THE OPPOSITION
= Mike Wisz paced NCC's 12-hit offense with three hits.

= Jeremy Quade, Robert Zebrauskas and John Carmody added two hits apiece, with Quade driving in two runs.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian drew first blood in the top of the second inning but NCC countered with two runs in the bottom half.

= The Bulldogs took the lead for good with three runs in the next frame.

= Adrian added an insurance tally in the seventh.

= The Cardinals tried to rally with two runs in the bottom of the ninth.

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BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian has defeated a Top-5 team twice in as many seasons as the Bulldogs downed third-ranked Birmingham-Southern, 3-2, on the road on March 2 of last year.

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UP NEXT
= Adrian opens its nine-time title defense of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship on Saturday when the Bulldogs have their home opener at Nicolay Field against Alma College. The doubleheader starts at 1 p.m.

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