ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College baseball team had an impressive start to the four-game series against Olivet with a pair of lopsided wins at Nicolay Field on Sunday. The Bulldogs ran their record to 12-5 overall and 5-1 in the MIAA with a 9-2 and 10-3 triumph over the visiting Comets (3-11, 2-4). The weather did not cooperate with wind whipping around the park and blowing out to right center. The temperature was very cool but the wind direction led to offensive numbers and power hitting for the Bulldogs.
Senior Eric Schmidt inched closer to the school's all-time wins mark with his 24th career victory in game one's 9-2 decision. Schmidt gave up two runs in the first three innings but shut down the Comets for their final four at-bats. The Bulldogs trailed 2-1 through three innings and then scored twice in the fourth. Adrian then opened up the game with six runs in the sixth inning to pull away.
Schmidt finished seven innings allowing six hits, two earned runs and a walk. He fanned three Comets and needed 95 pitches to complete his outing. Colin Boak matched Schmidt for the first three innings before running out of gas in the sixth. He finished with six innings and allowed 12 hits, five earned runs and no walks. He fanned four and needed 103 pitches to get through six frames.
Josh Knorr had another fantastic day in the leadoff spot going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and RBI in game one. He followed that in game two by going 2-for-4 with two more doubles and two runs scored. It also was a great day on defense for the Bulldogs with no errors in the twinbill. Collin Parcher had a 2-for-3 at the plate in game one and belted his first home run of the season in the sixth. He also had his fifth double of the season while totaling two runs and two RBI. Ryan Dorow and Jeff Gertley each had a RBI in game one and then excelled in game two. Dorow and Gertley had three RBI in the nightcap as Dorow went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. He launched his fourth home run of the season and also drew a walk. Gertley had a three-run home run to center in the first inning of game two for his fifth blast of the season. He finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in game two.
Adrian scored a single run in the second and added three runs in the fifth and sixth to distance themselves in game two. The pivotal moment of game two came in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman Tommy Parsons had already given up three runs in the first four innings to see Olivet get within 4-3. Beau Langs singled to start the inning and Drew Thompson executed a perfect hit-and-run through the right side for a single as Langs moved to third. Freshman Collin Korte was asked to keep the Bulldogs in the lead and he did just that. Korte struck out Zach Kitzmiller on four pitches and then fanned Stephen Botti on three pitches including a called-third strike. He then got Ryan Hendricks to ground out to second base to end the threat.
Korte ended up going the final three innings and allowed just two hits with two strikeouts to earn his second save this season. Parsons improved to 4-0 this season going four innings but did allow eight hits and three earned runs. Jarred Scheese fell to 0-4 going 4.1 innings in game two. Scheese allowed five hits and four earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts. The Olivet bullpen did not fare as well as they used three relievers who yielded four runs (three earned) with three walks and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.
Parcher had a two-RBI single in the fifth after an error allowed the first run to score. Joey Richmond had a rough sixth on the mound for the Comets as he gave up the three-run home run to Dorow. John Joseph scored twice in game two and Frank Resto also had a RBI. The two teams will conclude their four-game series with a doubleheader on Monday, March 30 at 2 p.m.