Tommy Parsons' Pitching Performance Sparks Twinbill Sweep over Visiting Kalamazoo on Friday

Junior college transfer Chad Paddock had four hits during Adrian's doubleheader sweep against Kalamazoo Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Junior college transfer Chad Paddock had four hits during Adrian's doubleheader sweep against Kalamazoo Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team defeated visiting Kalamazoo College, 1-0 and 7-3, in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader on Friday behind a dominant pitching performance from senior Tommy Parsons in Game 1 and some late-inning heroics by Brady Wood in Game 2.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian 1-5-2, Kalamazoo 0-3-1; Game 2--Adrian 7-13-0, Kalamazoo 3-9-0

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 39 degrees, Wind NNW 8 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 11-4 overall (5-1 MIAA); Kalamazoo Hornets 5-10 overall (3-3 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Parsons (3-0) turned in another complete game, striking out seven and walking none in his sixth career shutout to tie a school record. He tossed a three-hitter and picked off two baserunners.

= Junior Chad Paddock was 4-for-7 with a run batted in and a walk during the doubleheader.

= Senior Hunter Hayes had three hits, including a double, on the afternoon.

= In the second game, senior Frank Resto and sophomores Gunner Rainey, Brady Wood recorded two hits apiece.

= Sophomore newcomer Jordan Williams also improved to 3-0 on the season after getting the win in relief during the nightcap. He pitched 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and just one hit allowed.

THE OPPOSITION
= Jordan Wiley led the Hornets with three hits on the day.

= Chase Coselman was 2-for-5 in the nightcap. 

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Adrian pushed across the lone run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Paddock hit an infield single to shortstop and was replaced by freshman pinch-runner Brandon Cooper. Cooper advanced to third base after a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher and scored on a Hayes double to left-center field.

= The Hornets' best scoring chance came in the top of the fifth when Todd Bonnivier doubled to center field after two outs. But Parsons ended the threat by picking off Alex Kracht at second base, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for Bonnivier.

= The Adrian defense turned three double plays to help keep Kzoo off the scoreboard.  

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Wood broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth when he singled up the middle to plate sophomore Tristin Richardson, who had reached after a two-out single. The Bulldogs' four-run frame also consisted of a RBI-double to right field by junior Dugan Darnell and two-run single through the left side by Resto.

= Kzoo scored three times on four hits and a walk in the top of that frame to equal the score 3-3, sending eight men to the plate. Connor Grant singled to right center for two runs to get the Hornets on the scoreboard. Alex Fultz, the next batter, hit a sacrifice fly to right field to knock home Stefan Leclerc after he reached via a walk. With runners at second and third and two outs, Kalamazoo could have taken the lead if it weren't for a sensational sliding catch by Richardson into the fence along the right field line where there is little foul territory. It remained 3-3.

= The Bulldogs scored a run in the third, fourth and seventh innings to go up 3-0. Richardson had a sacrifice fly, Paddock a RBI single and freshman Sean O'Keefe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.

= Adrian out-hit Kzoo 13 to nine and the teams combined for 23 runners left on base (Bulldogs-14; Hornets-9)

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian has won seven of the past eight meetings against Kzoo to move to 107-65 in the all-time series, including 66-37 at home.

= Wiley leads the MIAA with 20 steals.

= Parsons and Williams rank 1-2 in the conference in earned-run average at 1.74 and 1.77, respectively. Both right-handers also have three wins for second.

= Parsons leads all active NCAA Division III pitchers with 32 victories, extending his Bulldogs record. He also moved past Craig Reynolds (214 from 2003-06) for third place on the schools' all-time strikeouts list with 215.

= Adrian's Pierce Banks, with a season-high eight strikeouts in his Game 2 start today, is second behind Parsons (36) in the MIAA in that category with 30.

= Wood moved into the top-5 in MIAA batting at an even .400 for third place and junior Zack Zschering is fifth with a .390 average.

UP NEXT (UPDATED)
= These same two teams are scheduled to conclude their four-game MIAA weekend series in Kalamazoo on Monday, starting at 1 p.m. The teams were going to play tomorrow but officials moved the playing date two days later to allow for better field conditions.

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