HOLLAND, Mich. – The Adrian College baseball team traveled to Hope College on Friday and returned home with a doubleheader split. Adrian captured a 2-1 win in game one behind the pitching of Eric Schmidt and late-inning heroics by Matt Andrus. Hope used timely hitting and costly errors by the Bulldogs to win 7-3 in game two.
Adrian and Hope each scored in the first inning of game one. Josh Knorr doubled to start the game and after a single by John Joseph moved him to third. Ryan Dorow hit a sacrifice fly to left for the team's run. The Flying Dutchmen got their run when Brady VanderWeele singled to right with one out and scored on a two-out RBI double by Luke Brower.
Schmidt and Currey Thomas tossed zeros on the board for the next five innings. Adrian only left two runners on base during the span. Hope also left two runners on base and Schmidt ended the game by retiring the final 15 batters he faced. Hope did not get a hit after the second inning.
Adrian came into the top of the seventh and needed a boost and got just that from Andrus. He lifted a one-out, solo home run to right center for the game-winning hit and his first career home run. Schmidt finished the game with a career-high 10 strikeouts and did not walk anyone. He threw 84 pitches and found the strike zone 69 times in a magnificent performance. He improves to 25-4 on the mound in his career just two wins shy of tying the school record.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second in game two. Collin Parcher hit his second home run of the season to right center sandwiched between three strikeouts in the inning. Hope took a 2-1 lead with runs in the bottom of the second. Tyler Gulick hit a two-run home run scoring Ryan Konkle who singled just before him.
Hope added a run in the third on a two-out error by Dorow. Devin Schaefers manufactured the run by reaching on an infield single, stealing second base and moving to third on a wild pitch. The Flying Dutchmen broke the game open with four runs in the fourth. Landon Brower had a RBI single and Schaefers doubled home a run. VanderWeele had a RBI single and JP Batts had a sacrifice fly to left.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth to conclude the scoring in game two. Dorow doubled to right to start the inning and Jeff Gertley followed with a single while advancing to second on an error. Andrus had a RBI groundout which scored Gertley.
Tommy Parsons took his first loss of the season (4-1) going four innings and allowing four earned runs. Tyler Gnodtke and Zach Dunn each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Parsons. Jake Chipka improved to 2-2 for Hope going the distance. He allowed six hits and three earned runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Gertley and Drew Shutes each had two hits in three at-bats in game two for Adrian. The two teams will play another doubleheader tomorrow at 1 p.m. from Nicolay Field.