MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Adrian College baseball team needed to alter their travel plans this weekend but the main objective of winning stayed the same as they defeated Berry College by the final score of 5-4 on Friday. Originally scheduled to play in Louisville, Kentucky, the Bulldogs were forced to travel further south to avoid heavy snowfall.
The first game of the trip evened the team's record at 2-2 while the Vikings fell to 8-5. Senior Eric Schmidt improved his record to 1-1 on the mound going seven strong innings. He gave up six hits and three runs (two earned) with a walk and five strikeouts. Ben Jernigan took the loss for Berry also going seven innings while allowing nine hits and five earned runs.
Adrian jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first as Jeff Gertley doubled to left center and Ian Mikowski advanced home from third on an error. Collin Parcher then hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Gertley from third after he took the bag after a groundout by Ryan Dorow.
The Bulldogs added two more in the second inning for a 4-0 lead. Tommy Eng singled with one out and then sophomore Dakota Cararo hit his first career home run to right. Adrian added their final run in the third to take a 5-0 lead. Dorow and Parcher had back-to-back singles with one out and Drew Shutes delivered a sacrifice fly to center scoring Dorow.
Berry chipped away with a run in the third scored on a sacrifice fly by Grant Perkins scoring Ryan Smith. Smith doubled and then took third on a wild pitch before scoring the home team's first run. The Vikings added two more runs in the seventh off Schmidt. Smith singled in a run and Perkins had a RBI groundout.
Shane Healy replaced Schmidt and pitched a scoreless eighth before coming back out for the ninth. He got the first out and then Greg Keel singled to left center. Keel stole second on a strikeout by Perkins and then leadoff hitter Dusty Tyson singled home Keel to pull the Vikings within 5-4. Cody Hamilton entered the game for Healy and Tyson stole second. He took third on another steal and Alfred Francis drew a walk to put the winning run at first. Hamilton buckled down to get the final out and his first career save by inducing a groundout from Alex McGill on a check swing back to the mound.
Mikowski went 2-for-4 with a walk and run in the leadoff spot for Adrian. Cararo went 2-for-4 with the aforementioned home run and two RBI. The Bulldogs will play Transylvania on Saturday at Berry College beginning at 1 p.m.