OLIVET, Mich. – The Bulldog baseball team is entering crunch time in the 2013 season and have put together five straight wins and nine wins in their last 10 games after a sweep on Saturday at Olivet College. Adrian took down the Comets 12-1 in game 1 and then finished off the day with a 6-2 game 2 triumph. With the wins, the Bulldogs are back on top in the MIAA standings with the fewest losses. The team is two games behind Hope (17-7) and have a 16-6 conference mark. Adrian and Olivet will play twice more on Sunday at Nicolay Field.
Adrian has now won an incredible 29 straight games over the Comets dating back to 2006. Game 1 was tight for the first three innings with Adrian clinging to a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs scored twice in the third as Zach Kolvey roped a two-run double scoring Dan Heatherly and Andrew DeLuca with two outs. Randy Young's RBI single in the bottom of the first cut the lead to 2-1.
Adrian added two more runs in the fourth as DeLuca singled home a run and Sam Fischer hit a bases-loaded single with two away. Rylie Robinson held the Comets down over the final four innings as he got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout in the fifth and did not allow a base runner in the fourth, sixth and seventh. Robinson improved to 4-1 going the distance and allowing two walks and four strikeouts.
The Bulldogs used an eight-run seventh inning to put the game away. Kolvey had a sacrifice fly followed by a two-RBI double by Anthony Sergi. R.J. Rios hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, and Heatherly blasted a three-run jack with two outs to conclude the damage. Heatherly finished game 1 going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. DeLuca added three hits in four at-bats with two runs in the leadoff spot. Rios had a pair of hits in three at-bats batting eighth in the order.
Brent Greenwood took the ball in game 2 and threw very well to pick up his fourth win of the season against one defeat. Greenwood tossed seven innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs with a walk and strikeout. He also retired the final 12 batters he faced. Adrian and Olivet were tied at 2-2 through five innings and then the Bulldogs scored four times in the sixth.
Sergi had a RBI single in the second and Ben Yax also had a RBI single with two down. Fischer had a RBI double in the sixth followed by a RBI hit from Rios on a single. Yax had another run-scoring base hit, a single which scored Sergi and Rios.
Adrian had nine hits off five Comet pitchers in game 2. Sergi went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He is now hitting .407 overall and .418 in MIAA action. Yax went 2-for-3 with three RBI's.