@AdrianBaseball Takes Three of Four from Alma to Open MIAA Slate

Adrian College sophomore left fielder Gunner Rainey. (Photo by Mike Dickie)
Adrian College sophomore left fielder Gunner Rainey. (Photo by Mike Dickie)

ALMA, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team won the first game of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Sunday doubleheader with host Alma College in dramatic fashion, 11-6 in nine innings. But the Bulldogs lost 17-1 in the nightcap. 

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1 (9 innings)--Adrian 11-11-6, Alma 6-9-2; Game 2--Adrian 1-7-6, Alma 17-15-1

= Location: Klenk Park, Alma, Mich.; Weather: Sunny, 39 degrees, Wind W 14 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs, 8-4 overall (3-1 MIAA); Alma Scots 8-8 overall (1-3 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Preston Perry pitched well in relief of Game 1, picking up the victory to improve to 2-1 on the season. He went three innings with two strikeouts, a walk and allowed no hits and an unearned run.  

= Sophomore Tristin Richardson was 2-for-5 with three runs batted in during the opener, including what proved to be game-winning RBI on a double.

= Junior Zack Zschering, senior Hunter Hayes and sophomore Gunner Rainey each collected two hits in the first contest.

= Senior Aaron Ajrouche and sophomore Brady Wood each had a hit as a pinch-hitter in Game 2.

= Junior Justin McMann went 1-for-2, including a RBI-double, in the second game.

THE OPPOSITION
= Logan Huff led Alma in the opener with three hits. He drove in four runs in Game 2.

= Matt Minaudo and Ben Finzel had three hits apiece in the nightcap. Minaudo had two RBI and two runs scored, and Finzel also scored twice.

= Three other Scots had two hits.     

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= In the top of the ninth inning, Rainey broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run double to left field. Richardson added some insurance when he followed with a double to left-center to plate two runners. Junior Dugan Darnell capped the six-run frame with a two-run single through the right side.

= Alma overcame a five-run deficit to force extra innings against the Bulldogs for the second time in three days. Austin Roeske hit a RBI-double to put the Scots on the scoreboard in the home sixth to make it 5-1 and Jordan Anstandig added a RBI-single. Facing a loss in regulation, Alma tied it with three runs in the seventh as Minaudo had a two-run single through the right side and pinch-hitter Alex Dwan delivered a RBI fielder's choice.

= The Scots could have earned a walk-off win if not for Perry's clutch pitching. He entered the seventh when Alma already had two runs come in, inheriting two base runners with only one out. After giving up a walk, Perry got Anstandig to foul out to first base and Vann Acker struck out looking to preserve the tie.

= Adrian took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a passed ball. The Bulldogs tacked on four runs in the fifth for a 5-0 cushion, as Hayes had the big hit with a two-run triple to left field.

= The Scots had 13 runners left on base.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Alma scored the first seven runs in the opening two innings and never looked back. The hosts scored eight runs in the fifth to seal it.

= The Scots took advantage of six Bulldog errors that resulted in 10 of the runs being unearned.

= In the bottom of the first, Huff had a RBI ground out and Dwan had a RBI-single to second base as the Scots scored the only runs they would need.  

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian leads Alma in the all-time series, 103-82. The Scots are the Bulldogs' most-played rivalry at 185 meetings.

= The 17 runs allowed to Alma were the most since Feb. 28, 1999, when the Bulldogs beat the Scots in a slugfest, 28-18, during spring break in Fort Myers, Fla.

= The 16-run loss was the biggest deficit since Alma won 25-3 in 1957.

UP NEXT
= The Bulldogs step out of MIAA play on Wednesday and return home to Nicolay Field to host Heidelberg University, with first-pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. VIDEO