ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College was blanked by Wabash College, 4-0, on the eve of championship day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Mideast Regional on Sunday, eliminating the host Bulldogs from the tournament. The victorious Little Giants advance to play top-seeded College of Wooster on Monday.
= Final Scoreline: #8 seed Wabash 4-10-1; #7 seed Adrian 0-3-0
= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather Conditions: Cloudy, 65 degrees, Wind WNW 3 mph
= Records: Wabash Little Giants, 32-16 overall; Adrian Bulldogs, 35-12 overall
= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 28 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (54 points) and No. 25 in D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (56 points);
= Freshman pitcher Jordan Williams had a quality start of 7-1/3 innings in which he allowed just one run on seven hits and three walks. He posted three strikeouts.
FOR THE OPPOSITION
= Henry Wannemuehler was 3-for-4 with a run batted in.
= Starter Bryan Roberts (W, 8-4) held the Bulldogs scoreless through 8-1/3 innings, allowing three hits and three walks. He had eight strikeouts
= Zach Moffett inherited two baserunners in the ninth and retired the two batters he faced without allowing a run to notch his 11th save of the season.
= Tyler Downing chipped in a pair of hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= Wabash got all the runs it would need in the top of the second inning when Matthew Annee hit a leadoff single to left center field and would eventually come around to score on a bloop single down the right field line by Henry Wannemuehler.
= The Little Giants got three insurance runs in the ninth. Bryce Aldridge doubled to right center that plated two runs for the key hit.
= Adrian continued to battle in the bottom half when junior Dugan Darnell was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Chad Paddock walked after one out. Enter Moffett who got junior Justin McMann to strikeout and senior Frank Resto to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.
= The Bulldogs had the first golden scoring opportunity in the first inning. After a pop-up, Rainey and Wood hit back-to-back singles. After Hayes lifted a flyball to right field, Rainey tagged and advanced to third base. Wood then stole second. But the Little Giants were able to escape the jam on a called strike three.
= Adrian left the bases loaded in the seventh after two outs.
= Wabash outhit Adrian 10 to three and the Bulldogs left eight runners on base.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Wabash now leads the all-time series 6-3. Before today, the schools' last meeting was March 7, 2010, in a 14-4 win in Birmingham, Ala.
= Adrian is 20-25 all-time in 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament--all under the watch of Coach Craig Rainey.
= This is Adrian's deepest NCAA run since 2014 when the Bulldogs lost in the Midwest Regional finals in Whitewater, Wis.
= The Little Giants own a school-record 32 victories and have advanced to the Regional final for the first time in two NCAA appearances.
= The 35 victories are the third-most in Bulldogs history behind 37 in 2012 and 36 in 2008.
= Adrian is scheduled next season to return seven starters in the lineup and three of the top four pitchers.
Mideast Regional seedings at Adrian College (with records entering the tournament): No. 1 Wooster (36-8), No. 2 Otterbein (30-14), No. 3 La Roche (34-8-1), No. 4 Marietta (27-16), No. 5 Shenandoah (34-10), No. 6 Ithaca (28-15), No. 7 Adrian (33-10) and No. 8 Wabash (28-15)
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