MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Back in November, the Adrian College football team traveled to Huntingdon College and rallied for a 17-16 win after being down 16-0. The Huntingdon baseball team reversed the role on Friday night as the Hawks scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth on a bases loaded walk-off triple by pinch hitter Trey Smith. Adrian was two outs away from evening their record for the season, but now the No. 8 team in Division III has lost three in a row for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.
Cory Fox, a transfer from Lake Erie College, made his first start for the Bulldogs and received a no-decision despite a tremendous outing. Fox threw eight innings and allowed seven hits with no earned runs as Adrian's defense continued to struggle with five errors. Fox walked three and fanned seven in an 83-pitch effort. Craig Brown got the start for Huntingdon and went five innings allowing just one hit. He did not allow an earned run but did walk seven with two strikeouts.
Both bullpens did get involved as Joseph Fincher threw the final four innings for the Hawks and gave up four earned runs with two walks and five punchouts. The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 after two innings and got on the board with a run in the fifth. Taylor Milligan walked to start the inning and then stole second. Later in the inning, he scored on an error by the catcher.
Adrian took their first lead with three runs in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Fincher's first inning was a rough one allowing three runs on three hits. Cody Meyer had an RBI single and Andrew DeLuca had a two-run scoring single for the go-ahead RBI's. Adrian tacked on one more run in the seventh courtesy of an RBI triple by Jamey Sackett with two outs.
Fox handed the ball over to Austin Abbott and the sophomore promptly got himself into a heap of trouble. Seth Currie singled and took second on an error to begin things for Huntingdon. Grant Brown followed with a base knock putting runners on the corners. Caleb Astin drew a walk to load the bases and that was it for Abbott. Freshman Tommy Eng was thrown into the pressure cooker and got three-hole hitter Joseph Odom to strike out for the first out. The Hawks went to the bench for left-handed hitter Trey Smith who fell behind in the count but worked it back to a full count before ripping the game-winning triple down the right field line. Huntingdon improved to 9-5 overall and collected 10 hits.
Adrian continues their Alabama stint with a neutral site game against Illinois Wesleyan in Birmingham at 12:20 p.m. It will be the first game of the season for the Titans who finished 31-17 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Regionals.