ADRIAN, Mich. – One of the best pitching staffs in the country continued to post impressive numbers as the Adrian College baseball team swept Olivet College by the scores of 5-1 and 3-1 on Friday. The Bulldogs entered the day ranked 21st in Division III in ERA and 15th in strikeout-to-walk ratio and improved on those rankings as Jason Fryman and Rylie Robinson threw a pair of gems. Fryman took the ball in game one and threw seven innings allowing eight hits with one earned run. He also did not allow a walk and struck out eight Comets. Robinson matched his teammate in game two with seven innings allowing just four hits with no earned runs or walks. He also struck out seven batters and lowered his season ERA to 1.31.
The offense was not high octane for the Bulldogs but they did get clutch hits when they needed them. In game one, Adrian scored once in the first and second innings. Sam Fischer scored on a wild pitch in the first and Mike Herzog had an RBI groundout to shortstop. Adrian scored twice early on just two hits in the first two innings.
The big inning was a three-run fourth for the Bulldogs. It began with Kyle Strawn reaching on an error and moving to second on a balk. Jay Magro of Olivet finished the game with three balks. Mitch Sroka moved Strawn to third with a sacrifice bunt. Garrett Green collected one of his three hits in game one which was an RBI single to right field to give Adrian a 3-0 lead. Jamey Sackett followed with a run-scoring triple and Herzog hit a sacrifice fly to left allowing Sackett to score for a 5-0 advantage.
In game two it was a big double by Fischer to right field in the fourth inning which widened a 1-0 lead. Herzog reached on an error with two outs and Cody Meyer drew a walk to put a pair of runners on base. Fischer lined a ball down the line in right as both runners scored to give Adrian a 3-0 lead. Robinson needed those runs and then managed to allow just a single run in the fifth. He got David Hernandez to ground into a double play to end the game in the seventh.
The Bulldogs improved to 27-6 overall and 20-2 in the MIAA and earned at least a share of the conference regular season title for the fourth straight year. The team needs to win just once more over the next six games to have the outright crown and host the upcoming inaugural MIAA Tournament. The two teams are scheduled to play twice more on Saturday in Olivet beginning at 1:00 PM.