Darnell, Richardson Join 100-Hit Club to Spark Adrian Sweep at Calvin, 11-3 and 12-3

On April 12 at Calvin College, Tristin Richardson became the 38th player in AC Bulldogs history to collect 100 career hits. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
On April 12 at Calvin College, Tristin Richardson became the 38th player in AC Bulldogs history to collect 100 career hits. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Junior Tristin Richardson reached the 100-hit milestone on Friday to fuel nationally-ranked Adrian to an 11-3 thrashing of host Calvin in the opener of their four-game  Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball series. Senior Dugan Darnell also reached 100 career hits in the second game, helping the Bulldogs to a 12-3 victory.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian College 11-18-1, Calvin College 3-5-1; Game 2--Adrian 12-12-1, Calvin 3-9-4

= Location: Calvin Knights Field, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 52 degrees, Wind SW 23 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 18-4 overall (11-1 MIAA); Calvin Knights 9-15 overall (5-9 MIAA)

= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 15 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (291 points) and No. 17 by the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (233) poll.

TOP 'DAWGS
= Richardson finished the first game 3-for-3, including a pair of doubles, with a season-high four runs batted in from the No. 8 spot in the lineup. 

= Senior Zack Zschering went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI as Adrian's leadoff hitter in Game 1.

= Sophomore Thomas Miller, the reigning MIAA Player of the Week, rapped five hits, scored five runs and knocked in three himself to go with a walk during the afternoon.

= Classmate Brandon Cooper recorded three hits and scored twice in the opener.

= Junior Gunner Rainey had six hits, including three doubles, and added four RBI between the two games.

= Sophomore Jordan Williams (W, 5-0) pitched six solid innings for the Game 1-win. He allowed four hits, three runs (2 earned) and a walk with six strikeouts.

= Senior Jesse Marks relieved Williams with a scoreless seventh in which he allowed a hit and got a strikeout. He hasn't allowed a run in his last four appearances over a span of 4.2 innings.

= Darnell was 2-for-5 with a season-high four RBI in the nightcap. 

= Junior Brady Wood was 4-for-5, including a double and home run, with five RBI in Game 2.

= Classmate Pierce Banks improved to 5-1 on the season after allowing just five hits, one walk and no earned runs (1R) in six innings of work of Game 2. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Jeremy Clark was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the opener. Clark also had a hit in Game 2.

= Ricky Padilla was 2-for-4 with a RBI in the nightcap.

= Ryan Petersen also had two hits in the second contest.  

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Calvin took a 3-1 lead after the first inning. Clark had a two-run double to center field to give the Knights their only lead. Clark would score from second base on a fielding error to make it a two-run game.

= The Knights' lead proved short-lived, however, as Adrian recorded a three-run frame of its own in the top of the second. Richardson sparked the rally with a RBI-double down the left field line for his milestone hit to draw the visitors within 3-2. Zschering tied it with a sacrifice fly to left field and Miller--who homered in the top of the first--hit a RBI-double to right to reclaim the lead for the Bulldogs.

= Richardson made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly in the third and he doubled the lead with a RBI double to center field in the fifth.

= Adrian got three insurance runs in the sixth to put the game away. Rainey had a two-run single up the middle and Richardson produced a RBI-single through the right side to make it 9-3.

= The Bulldogs outhit the Knights, 18-5.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Adrian never trailed and built a 7-0 advantage after two innings. Miller scored on a throwing error in the first to get things going and Darnell followed with a two-run single to center. 

= In the second, Rainey drew a catcher's interference call with the bases loaded to force home the decisive run. Darnell capped the rally with another RBI-single, this time to right-center.

= In a three-run fourth, Wood drove a two-run blast over the left field fence to stake Adrian to a comfortable 10-1 cushion. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian holds a commanding 98-75 all-time lead (45-38 on the road) in the series against Calvin.

= Richardson became the 38th member of the Bulldog 100-hit club with a double in the second inning of game one. He now has 102 in his 98-game career.

= Darnell is the 39th player in school history after connecting on a two-run single in the first inning of the second game. He now has 101 career hits in 108 games.  

= Banks ties Jeff Nokovich (20-14 from 2003-06) for eighth place on Adrian's all-time pitching wins chart. Banks is 20-4 lifetime with 164 career strikeouts--seventh in school annals.  

= The Bulldogs tied idle Hope College for first place in the MIAA standings, with identical 11-1 conference marks.

= Rainey recaptures the conference RBI lead with 33 this season, followed by No. 2 Miller with 30.

= Banks and Williams tie teammate Max Denny with five wins for tops in the MIAA.

= Banks and Williams now list second and fourth in MIAA strikeouts with 37 and 34, respectively. 

= The Bulldogs have won seven games in a row, a season's best, since suffering a 7-0 loss to MIAA foe Kalamazoo at home on April 1. Since that time, Adrian has outscored opponents 82-17 with two shutouts. 

UP NEXT
= These same two teams meet again for another MIAA doubleheader at Adrian's Nicolay Field Saturday afternoon, starting at 1 p.m.

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