ADRIAN, Mich. – The baseball team saw their cross-town rival even up the season series on Wednesday with an 8-7 loss to the Saints in a nine-inning game on the road. The Bulldogs see their overall record fall to 16-7 overall while Siena Heights is now 13-11 overall.
Adrian used the game to throw a few pitchers who had not seen action in quite some time. Austin Buchmayer had not pitched since March 5 in Florida against Heidelberg and got the start. He took the loss falling to 0-2 with a four-inning outing that featured nine hits allowed and eight runs (four earned). Buchmayer walked one batter and fanned two. Cory Fox tossed 1.2 innings in his fifth appearance of 2014 and his first since March 18 against Heidelberg in Adrian. Fox allowed three hits with no runs, no walks and no strikeouts. Jordan Frayer threw 1.1 innings of no-hit ball. Greg Sombati finished the game on the mound for the Bulldogs with one inning and one hit in his credit.
The Saints scored five times in the bottom of the second and never trailed in the contest. Adrian scored once in the top of the fourth as the red-hot Mitch Stefanski singled to start the inning and then stole second with one out. R.J. Rios singled him over to third and Dan Heatherly hit into a fielder's choice for a RBI.
Siena Heights jumped ahead 8-1 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Bulldogs would not go quietly as they answered with four runs in the top of the fifth. They scored all four runs after two outs in the inning as Sam Fischer walked followed by Ryan Dorow's second home run of the season. Stefanski was plunked by a pitch and Drew Shutes followed with a triple. Rios singled home Shutes to make it 8-5 as Adrian left two on base.
Adrian added two more runs in the top of the seventh to get within a run at 8-7. Dorow walked and Stefanski followed with a free pass. Shutes bunted both runners to second and third and the move paid off as Rios singled both home and took second on the throw to the plate. Adrian put a runner on base in the eighth and he was erased by a double play. In the ninth, Stefanski singled with one out and was replaced by Ian Makowski on the base path. Mikowski swiped second with two outs and a groundout ended the game.
The Saints rapped 13 hits as leadoff man Dan Muller went 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBI. Muller had a pair of doubles and Eric Henderson also had a good day in the two-hole with three RBI. Adrian is back to league play on Saturday as they host Alma College at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader featuring the top two teams in the MIAA standings.