WESTFIELD, Ind. – The Adrian College baseball team picked up a pair of wins on Saturday at Grand Park with a 1-0 decision over North Central (Ill.) and a 5-3 victory over Franklin. The Bulldogs have improved to 6-3 this season and will play again tomorrow against North Central before heading back to Adrian.
Senior hurler Eric Schmidt put together a masterpiece in a complete game, two-hitter against the Cardinals in the first game. He needed every one of those scoreless nine innings because Bryan Polowy was matching him pitch for pitch. Schmidt and Polowy each gave up just two hits but the Bulldogs managed to score in the top of the sixth for the game's only run. Ian Mikowski drew a walk to start the inning and then stole second. He took third on a wild pitch by Polowy and then with one away came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Gertley.
Schmidt kept runners off the bases most of the game as North Central stranded just four runners. He retired the first six batters before allowing a walk to start the third. Schmidt saw a runner reach scoring position in the fourth after a two-out error but then retired the next nine batters until his no-hit bid was broken up by a single with two outs in the seventh. Adrian had a silent eighth and put a runner in scoring position in the ninth and yet clinged to a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Schmidt yielded a one-out double down the left field line and ground out advanced the runner to third with two away. He then buckled down and secured the shutout with a foul pop to first base.
Ryan Dorow had a pair of singles for his team's hits and the Bulldogs left four on base. Schmidt finished with a walk and five strikeouts while inducing 14 ground outs and eight fly outs. Polowy walked four and fanned six with 16 ground outs and three fly outs.
The offense perked up in the second game against Franklin with eight hits including three doubles. Freshman Tommy Parsons took the ball and improved to 3-0 with six solid innings of three-hit action. Parsons gave up one earned run with two walks and four strikeouts. Cole Knaup faced a pair of batters and walked both in the seventh which gave way to Collin Korte. The freshman reliever stepped up with three innings out of the bullpen allowing one earned run with three strikeouts.
Adrian led 1-0 after one inning as the visitors against the Grizzlies. Gertley doubled with one out and Dorow followed with his own two-bagger. Franklin scored in the second after a leadoff walk and single. Braden Pelley had a sacrifice fly and Parsons retired the next two hitters to keep the score tied at 1-1.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Ben Yax singled with one out and took second on a wild pitch with two outs. Josh Knorr made Franklin pay with a RBI single. AC gave themselves some breathing room in the seventh with three runs to extend to a 5-1 lead. Hayden Cleveland got the start for the Grizzlies and lasted four innings. He handed the ball to Christian Sullivan who threw the final five innings. Sullivan ran into problems in the seventh as he walked Knorr to lead off the inning. He swiped second and an overthrow allowed him to reach third. Dorow was intentionally walked with one out to set up a potential double play. Miccoy Drzewiecki was used as a pinch hitter and delivered a sacrifice fly to right scoring Knorr and allowing Dorow to reach second. Drew Shutes laced a RBI double plating Dorow with the fourth run. Tommy Eng followed with a RBI single as Shutes scored on the hit.
Korte yielded two runs in the bottom of the seventh as he walked the first two batters. Jameson Brock later in the inning had a RBI single and Mitch Schuman had a RBI ground out. Korte fanned Drew Kammerer with Brock on third to stay ahead 5-3. Korte struck out two in the eighth and then closed it out for his first save in the ninth. Gertley and Dorow each had two hits including a double for the victorious Bulldogs. Shutes reached base three times with a double and two walks.