Nationally-Ranked Baseball Strikes Down Trine Thunder in MIAA Doubleheader, 14-1 and 8-3

Junior Pierce Banks moved into sixth place on the school's all-time strikeouts list and seventh for victories after Friday's 14-1 win versus Trine. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Junior Pierce Banks moved into sixth place on the school's all-time strikeouts list and seventh for victories after Friday's 14-1 win versus Trine. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team extended its winning streak to six games with a convincing sweep of visiting Trine, 14-1 and 8-3, in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader on Friday evening. 

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1—Adrian College 14-11-2, Trine University 1-4-2; Game 2--Adrian 8-12-1, Trine 3-5-3

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Clear, 57 degrees, Wind NW 18 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 27-6 overall (19-3 MIAA); Trine Thunder 14-20 overall (7-15 MIAA)

= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 16 by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (193 points) and No. 17 in the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (218) poll; NCAA Mideast Regional Rankings: No. 5

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Thomas Miller was 4-for-5, including a triple, in the first game and followed up with 2-for-3, including another triple, with two runs batted in and two runs scored in the second.

= Junior pitcher Pierce Banks struck out seven batters, walked two, allowed a run and gave up four hits in five innings to get the Game 1 victory, improving to 6-2 on the season.

= Senior Dugan Darnell went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored in the opener.

= Junior Gunner Rainey was 4-for-5 with two RBI in the second game after he had a RBI-single in the first.

= Freshman Maxwell Denny won his eighth decision against no losses in Game 2, when he went seven strong innings. He had a career-best nine strikeouts, walked two, gave up an earned run and allowed just two hits.   

= Senior Jason Croci compiled three hits and three RBI on the night.

THE OPPOSITION
= Jacob Heller had two hits on the evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the very first inning. Darnell had the big hit with a bases-clearing triple down the right field line that followed a RBI-single to center off the bat of Rainey.

= Adrian clinched the win with eight runs in the fourth. Junior Brady Wood sparked the big inning with a two-run triple to right field and Miller capped it with a two-run three-bagger of his own to left-center.

= Jake Roddy spoiled the Adrian shutout bid with a RBI-single to center in the top of the fourth.

= Adrian outhit Trine by an 11-4 count.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Like the opener, Adrian led wire-to-wire in the nightcap while scoring all its runs from the second to the sixth innings. The Bulldogs manufactured some interesting scoring plays that included runs three wild pitches, an infield single, a double-steal of home plate and a throwing error.

= Trine ruined another shutout bid in the seventh when Shayne Devine had a RBI-groundout to the pitcher.

= The Bulldogs outhit the Thunder 12 to five.  

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= On the school's all-time charts, Banks passes Eric Schmidt (171 from 2012-15) for sixth place with 178 strikeouts and ties Keith Bozyk (21-22 1991-95) for seventh with 21 wins (21-5).

= Adrian leads the all-time series over Trine, 60-14, including 35-4 at home. 

= Rainey now leads the MIAA with a .426 batting average and his 170 career hits ties Nate Sarkissian (2008-11) for 11th place on the program's all-time list.

= Denny lowers his conference-leading earned-run average to 1.42 and 46 strikeouts ranks fifth.

= Banks moves up to second in MIAA strikeouts with a team-best 51.

UP NEXT
= These same two teams are scheduled to play in Angola, Ind., on Sunday for a 1 p.m. twinbill to wrap up their four-game series.

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