ALMA, Mich. – Freshmen starting pitchers Eric Schmidt and Austin Buchmayer were dominant on the mound Sunday at Klenk Park both earning wins in a sweep of Alma College. Schmidt went seven innings in game one allowing three hits in a 4-0 win. Buchmayer went 4.2 innings in game two and allowed four hits in a 6-0 win. Buchmayer is now 2-0 and has yet to allow a run in 15.2 innings this season.
Adrian improves to 14-4 overall and 7-1 in the MIAA winning all four games this weekend against the Scots. Adrian jumped out to a 2-0 lead off starter Donny Lee for Alma. Sam Fischer led off the game with a double and Andrew DeLuca continued his hot hitting with an RBI single to make it 1-0. After a double play, Mitch Stefanski singled and promptly stole second. Kyle Strawn tripled home Stefanski and Adrian had its quick 2-0 lead.
Schmidt retired the first seven Scots he faced before allowing a pair of walks in the third. He left both runners on base and then retired the first two batters in the fourth before giving up his first hit to Alex Kravat, a single up the middle.
Adrian scored twice more in the fifth to give Schmidt further run support. Fischer received a gift by striking out with one out but reaching first on a passed ball. After Fischer was picked off, DeLuca singled and stole second with two outs. Garrett Green walked and then Stefanski doubled down the right field line scoring DeLuca and advancing Green to third. Strawn singled home Green with Adrian's fourth run.
Schmidt retired six straight in the fifth and sixth innings before allowing an Ian Rhynard single to start the seventh. Kravat followed with a single but Schmidt struck out Dustin Derrer who entered as a pinch hitter and induced a game-ending double play groundout.
In game two Adrian scored once in the second, twice in the third and fourth and one more time in the fifth en route to the 6-0 victory. Kevin Thompson got the start for Alma and lasted just 3.2 innings. He allowed eight hits and four earned runs with a walk.
R.J. Rios had an RBI single in the second scoring Stefanski who singled to start the inning. Green had an RBI single with the bases loaded in the third and Stefanski also had a sacrifice fly. Fischer had an RBI single in the fourth and DeLuca followed with an RBI double down the right field line. Michael Herzog had the last RBI in the fifth with a sacrifice fly scoring Strawn.
Lucas Willitzer entered the game for Adrian on the mound in the fifth inning replacing Buchmayer and stranded two runners on a flyout. He then pitched a clean sixth and seventh for Adrian's second shutout of the day. Willitzer finished the game with 2.1 innings of work allowing three hits with three strikeouts.