Adrian Comeback Falls Short 9-7 at Thomas More

Adrian Comeback Falls Short 9-7 at Thomas More

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Sunday matinee between Adrian College and Thomas More College saw the host Saints gain a weekend split with a 9-7 win over the Bulldogs in a battle between regional powers. Adrian got a 15-7 win on Saturday, but could not find a winning formula on Sunday.

Thomas More scored once in the bottom of the third off Adrian starter Rylie Robinson. Both starting pitchers held the other lineup in check over the first four innings with the Saints taking a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning.

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth as Mitch Stefanski singled with one out followed by a Kyle Strawn double which put runners on second and third. Dom Pompey then delivered a two-run double scoring Stefanski and Strawn.

Thomas More (8-2) then took over the lead for good with four unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Michael Herzog committed a one-out error which put runners on the corners. Andrew Clements followed with a sac fly to center to tie the game up at 2-2. Ryan Damer singled home Tyler Graber with the go-ahead run and then Andrew Thole and Travis Miller hit back-to-back doubles to increase the lead to 5-2 and knocking Robinson out of the game despite giving up no earned runs in five innings of work. Robinson allowed six hits and walked two with six strikeouts.

The Saints added four more runs in the bottom of the seventh against Josh Burd and Austin Buchmayer. Damer had another RBI single and Cody Makin had a bases loaded single for an RBI. Jordan Shelton had a two-run single off Buchmayer with those runs being charged to Burd. Burd's line was 1.1 innings, four earned runs and one walk. Buchmayer finished the game going 1.2 innings allowing one hit with one strikeout.

Adrian staked a comeback down 9-2 going into the top of the ninth. Andy Roenker and Grant Lewis held the Bulldogs in check for the first eight innings and handed the ball to Ryan Kelly. Adrian went to their bench as Ben Yax hit a home run for his first career long ball. R.J. Rios singled followed by a Sam Fischer double to put runners on second and third. Stefanski doubled home both runners to trim the lead to 9-5 with one out. David Etscheid relieved Kelly and got Strawn to pop out to shortstop for the second out. Pompey then drilled a homer to plate himself and Stefanski making things 9-7. John Joseph pinch hit and struck out swinging for the final out.

Adrian had 10 hits for the game and left seven runners on base. Stefanski finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Pompey drove in four and also walked twice reaching base four times. The first four hitters in the starting lineup went 7-for-17 while the last five in the order went 1-for-15 for the Bulldogs.

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