@AdrianBaseball Slays the Cortland Red Dragons, 11-1, in Georgia

Sophomore RHP Jordan Williams throws a pitch. (Action photo Special to AdrianBulldogs.com)
Sophomore RHP Jordan Williams throws a pitch. (Action photo Special to AdrianBulldogs.com)

ROME, Ga.--Adrian's top three hitters went a combined 6-for-12 with four walks and six runs batted in and three pitchers did not allow an earned run as the Bulldogs crushed No. 11/16 SUNY Cortland, 11-1, in non-conference baseball action at a neutral site on Saturday.

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Adrian College 11-12-1, State University College of New York at Cortland 1-4-5

= Location: Mount Berry, Ga.; Weather Conditions: Sunny, 49 degrees, Wind slight

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs, 6-1 overall; SUNY Cortland, 7-5-1 overall

= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 26 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (215 points) and "receiving votes" in D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (50 points) poll; SUNY Cortland is 11th by ABCA/CBN (254 points) and 16th in the D3baseball/NCBWA (247) polls 

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Thomas Miller led the offense with a 2-for-4, three-RBI performance at the plate.

= Senior Zack Zschering and junior Gunner Rainey had two hits and two walks each. Rainey drove in a pair of runs and Zschering had a RBI to go with two stolen bases.

= Sophomore Jordan Williams (W, 2-0) pitched a three-hitter over 6-1/3 innings with three walks and six strikeouts. He allowed only an unearned run.

= Classmate Brandon Cooper also had two hits, scored twice and knocked in an RBI.

= Relievers Daniel McMichael, a junior, and Jesse Marks, a senior, collectively went 2-2/3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and no walks with a punch-out.

= Senior Justin McMann had the only extra base-hit in the contest, a double in the eighth.

FOR THE OPPOSITION
= Leadoff batter Scott Giordano went 1-for-2 with a RBI and walk.

= Wyatt Myers, Sam Kippen and pinch-hitter Anthony Donofrio also had singles for the Red Dragons. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian outhit Cortland 12 to four.

= The Bulldogs got all the offense they would need in the top of the second inning, capitalizing on two Red Dragon errors. After seniors Dugan Darnell and Korey Mazur reached on a throwing error and single to left-center field, respectively, Cooper singled up the middle to plate Darnell for a 1-0 lead. Cooper later scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

= Cortland cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the third when Giordano hit a sacrifice fly to right field with one out. Kippen led off with a single to left-center and advanced to third on a Bulldog fielding error. After a walk and runners on the corners, Williams prevented a tie game by getting Brian Corporan to ground out back to the pitcher to end the threat.

= In the fourth, Adrian scored twice to stretch the advantage to 4-1. Miller got a sacrifice fly to right field and Rainey had a RBI-single through the right side.

= Leading 5-1, the Bulldogs broke the game open with four runs in the seventh. Freshman pinch-hitter Kevin Cardentey had a RBI-single through the left side, Zschering drew a bases loaded walk and Miller and junior Brady Wood hit sacrifice flies. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian moves to 3-0 versus nationally-ranked squads this spring.

= Today marked the first meeting between the programs.

= Cortland won the 2015 NCAA Division III World Series with a 45-4 record and has captured 35 State University of New York Athletic Conference championships.

= Adrian has a five-game winning streak while outscoring the opposition 64-18.

= The Bulldogs are 6-1 for the first time since 2012.

UP NEXT
= Adrian wraps up its second trip to the southeastern U.S. on Sunday against Marietta College at Berry College, starting at noon.

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