ADRIAN, Mich. – The Bulldog baseball team posted a pair of wins (13-3, 2-1) on Saturday afternoon at Nicolay Field over Kalamazoo College (4-21, 0-16) to remain in a first-place MIAA tie with Hope College. It proved to be a much harder day than expected for the Bulldogs who cruised to a game 1 win, but needed a big double-play grounder to cling to a game 2 victory.
The Bulldogs used a big seven-run fourth inning to open up a close game before winning 13-3. The team had scored just 14 runs in the fourth all season (26 games) heading into the game. The Kalamazoo pitching staff was riddled with control problems in game 1 walking 13 Bulldogs while also uncorking five wild pitches.
Adrian needed just seven hits to score their 13 runs as the Hornets also committed three errors. Matt Beck took the loss as the K-Zoo starter went 3.2 innings and allowed four hits and four earned runs with five walks. Rylie Robinson did not have his sharpest outing but did go the distance to improve to 3-1 this season and 13-5 in his career. Robinson gave up three hits and three earned runs with two walks and six strikeouts (92 pitches).
Andrew DeLuca went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI's in the leadoff spot. Jamey Sackett drew three walks and scored a run. Anthony Sergi batted eighth and went 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a RBI. Ben Yax had three runs scored and two RBI's with three walks in the nine-hole.
Brent Greenwood had a nice rhythm on the mound in game 2 and retired 15 straight batters after a leadoff single in the second until a leadoff single in the seventh. Greenwood was staked to a 2-0 lead after one inning and it held up until the seventh. DeLuca singled and Dan Heatherly doubled to left center moving DeLuca to third. Sackett had a RBI groundout to score DeLuca and Mitch Stefanski tripled down the right field line to score Heatherly with the second run.
Greenwood allowed one hit through six innings but gave up three singles in the seventh before leaving the game with one out and runners on the corners with a 2-1 lead. Lucas Willitzer entered and needed six pitches to retire Eric Glanz on a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and pick up his third save of the season and seventh of his career. Greenwood improved to 3-1 this season and has a 1.78 ERA.
Adrian improved to 9-2 against a left-handed starter in game 2 as Adam McDowell was the hard-luck loser despite holding Adrian to three hits in six innings. With the wins, Adrian has now won nine straight against the Hornets entering the team's doubleheader tomorrow in Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University. Adrian is now also 10-3 at Nicolay Field this season.