ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College baseball team scored 16 runs in game one's victory on Thursday over Calvin College marking the most runs scored against the Knights in a game since 1996. The 16-4 win was two runs shy of the most runs scored in a win by the Bulldogs over their MIAA rival which occurred in 1977. The Bulldogs completed the sweep with a 6-0 win in game two. Adrian has now won six straight over Calvin and 10 of the last 11.
The Bulldogs (19-6, 12-2) scored in every inning in game one. The Knights used five pitchers in the game as Adrian pounded out 13 hits including six extra-base hits. Joe Lambers was the starter for Calvin and went three innings falling to 3-3 on the year. Jason Fryman got plenty of run support improving to 6-1 on the year. He went six innings and allowed seven hits and three earned runs. In addition, Fryman walked one and fanned seven. His ERA sits at 2.55 and he threw 60 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Zach Robbins threw a third of an inning and allowed an earned run and three walks. Josh Richardson finished the game recording the final two outs. He retired both batters he faced in his second appearance of the season.
Offensively for the Bulldogs, Kyle Strawn collected two triples (seven for the season) and a single in three at-bats. He also scored twice and had a pair of RBI. Mitch Sroka had a double in two at-bats with two runs scored and two RBI. R.J. Rios had a triple and RBI in his only at-bat.
The storyline of game two was early offense and the starting pitching of sophomore Rylie Robinson. Adrian scored twice in the first and second innings and then tacked on single runs in the third and fifth innings. Robinson went seven innings and allowed seven hits improving to 4-1 on the year. He pitched his second shutout of the season and is now 8-2 in his career. Robinson's ERA was lowered to 1.54 for the season as he fanned four in a 105-pitch outing.
Grant VanderWall was saddled with the loss for Calvin. He falls to 2-4 and went 3.1 innings allowing four hits and five runs (three earned). He also walked four and struck out one. Each of the first four hitters in the order had a hit for Adrian in game two. Sam Fischer had a double and walk in three plate appearances. Andrew DeLuca went 1-for-3 with his seventh double of the year. Strawn collected his seventh double of the season and upped his season average to .452 at day's end. Mike Herzog went 2-for-3 as the only Bulldog with multiple hits in the game. Garrett Green had an RBI single and also scored in the nightcap.
Notes: Adrian now leads the all-time series 71-69…The Bulldogs improved to 8-0 at Nicolay Field this season…Robinson has now pitched 68 career innings and has a 1.45 ERA…Strawn had just one triple in 71 career games before this season and now has seven triples in 24 games this season…The first two innings have been crucial for the Bulldogs as they have outscored their opponents, 49-10, this season…Fischer's 10-game hit streak was snapped in game one, the longest of any Bulldog this season.