ADRIAN, Mich. – The weather outside was frightful but the Adrian offense was so delightful as they scored 28 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Olivet College on Sunday. Adrian defeated the Comets, 11-3 in Game 1, and then 17-4 in Game 2 tying their season-high for runs. The maligned Olivet pitching staff gave up six earned runs in Game 1 and then issued 16 walks and 13 earned runs in Game 2. The Bulldogs smacked nine hits in Game 1 but had just eight hits in Game 2.
Adrian scored in each of the first three innings in Game 1 to build a 7-1 lead. Sam Fischer launched a towering home run to left in the first to give Adrian a 3-0 lead. It was Fischer's seventh home run of the season which moved him into a sixth-place tie on the single season list at Adrian. Ben Yax singled up the middle and later scored on a wild pitch in the second. R.J. Rios had a RBI groundout to score Adrian's fifth run in the third. Anthony Sergi doubled home Jamey Sackett for AC's sixth run and then Sergi scored on a throwing error by Randy Young.
AC added four more runs in the sixth as Sackett had a RBI single followed by a sacrifice fly by Rios. Sergi then singled home two more runs through the left side of the infield which were both unearned runs. Holden Branch got his team-leading fifth win of the season going 5.1 innings and allowing one earned run. Branch allowed four hits with two walks and two strikeouts while throwing 101 pitches and lowering his ERA to 1.16 this season. Tommy Eng tossed the final 1.2 innings and allowed one hit with a strikeout.
Fischer went 3-for-3 including being hit by a pitch and also scored three runs. Sergi collected two hits in three at-bats and drove in three. Adrian stole three bases in Game 1 by Fischer, Yax and Jeff Gertley.
The Bulldogs scored eight runs in the first inning of Game 2 as Olivet used three pitchers who walked seven batters and threw 69 pitches. Fischer drew a bases-loaded walk as Mitch Galloway walked three of the first four batters he faced. Zach Kolvey hit a sacrifice fly and two runs scored on the play as an error by Joel Peters bobbled the ball after making the catch. Garrett Green singled home a run and Sergi also had a bases-loaded walk for an easy RBI.
Adrian scored two more runs in the second and added runs in every inning to post a 17-4 victory. Andrew DeLuca drove home two runs in the second on his eighth double of the season. Green's seventh double of the season drove home two runs in the third. Kolvey was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth for Adrian's lone run of the inning.
Sackett had a RBI single in the fifth and Jacob McCarty had a sacrifice fly in the sixth for his third RBI of the season. Eric Schmidt went four innings and got the win (4-3) allowing four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Cory Fox gave up two runs in the fifth with a strikeout. Austin Abbott tossed the sixth inning and walked a pair with a strikeout. Lucas Willitzer threw in the seventh and punched out two.
Fischer reached base four times in Game 2 with his ninth double of the season and three walks. Green finished 3-for-3 with three RBI's and two runs scored. Corleone Desimone had a single to raise his average to .545 (6-for-11) and also scored two runs. Adrian actually left 14 runners on base in Game 2 despite scoring 17 times. Adrian extended their winning streak over Olivet to 31 games and also won for the seventh straight time dating back to last Sunday. In that span, Adrian has outscored their opponents by a 77-14 margin. Adrian posted a 2.57 ERA in the four-game sweep over Olivet and also hit .342 as a team.
Adrian leads Hope by one game in the MIAA standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The Bulldogs (18-6) play four games against third-place Trine (14-8) while the Flying Dutchmen (17-7) will tangle with rival Calvin four times who stands fourth in the league at 14-9. The regular season champion will host the MIAA Tournament which determines the NCAA automatic berth.