Bulldogs Drop First Home Game 11-7 versus Siena Heights

Bulldogs Drop First Home Game 11-7 versus Siena Heights

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College baseball team dropped their first home game of the season (10-1) on Tuesday night with an 11-7 loss to Siena Heights University. The Bulldogs (24-8) played their final non-conference game of the season and found themselves down 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Adrian scored six times in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. The Saints would then score the final six runs of the game with two runs in the eighth to tie it and put it away with four runs in the ninth.

Adrian went with five pitchers on the night starting Tyler Gnodtke for the first time this season. The freshman tossed 2.1 innings and allowed six hits, five runs (four earned) and a walk. The Saints scored three runs in the first and Gnodtke was responsible for both runs in the third. Shane Healy and Cole Knaup threw four combined scoreless innings bridging the fourth through seventh innings. Healy allowed just one hit in 2.2 innings. Knaup walked three and allowed two hits in 1.1 innings of work.

Adrian scored in the second inning as Matt Andrus drew a two-out walk and then Collin Parcher followed with a double to right to cut the lead to 3-1. Tayler Thelen had a strong outing for SHU going three innings in relief and allowing three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The Bulldogs racked up six earned runs against Kyle Burkholder in the sixth. Andrus singled and Parcher doubled again to right center to start the threat. Jake Gilstorff pinch hit for Dakota Cararo and walked on five pitches to load the bases. John Joseph had a seeing-eye single through the right side for two RBI to make it 5-3. Zach Leach bounced to first moving both runners up to second and third with one out. Drew Shutes singled up the middle to make it 5-4. Ryan Dorow then delivered the big blow with a three-run home run to left center. His eighth of the season on a 1-1 pitch gave Adrian a 7-5 advantage.

Zach Dunn protected the lead in the seventh as he entered the game with runners on every base. Dunn got Dennis Sharp Jr. to pop into an infield fly to short and then Nathaniel Kraus popped into foul territory caught by first baseman Miccoy Drzewiecki. Dunn battled both batters to a full count before recording the outs. The final six runs of the game by SHU were unearned on a pair of costly errors by the Bulldogs. The Saints put on first with two outs and Freddy Jehle reached on a fielding error by defensive replacement Ben Yax at second base. Yax made a nice dive to cut the ball off from going through the right side but bobbled the ball out of his glove when trying to make the throw to first. The Saints took advantage with two outs as Austin Hauck singled home a run and then Zach Dunlop singled to center to score the tying run.

Cody Hamilton entered the game in the ninth and gave up a leadoff single up the middle. He was bunted over to second and then took third on a wild pitch. Hamilton walked Raymond Cleary on a full count but then struck out Drew Milligan to record the second out. Eric Henderson came off the bench to pinch hit and worked the count to 2-2 before hitting what looked to be a groundout towards first to end the inning. Drzewiecki saw the ball glance off his glove but Yax was backing him up and scooped it up. He delivered a throw on the bag but Hamilton could not catch the ball allowing the winning run to score. The Saints added more runs after the error as Jehle singled home a run and Hauck doubled to the wall in right center plating the final two runs.

Hamilton took the loss falling to 1-2 while Siena Heights' fourth pitcher Kyle Kuhr got the win improving to 3-1. Kuhr limited the Bulldogs to two hits and no runs with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings. Leach finished 2-for-4 with a walk and raised his average to .357. Parcher smacked two doubles and a single in four at-bats. Hauck led all players with four RBI going 3-for-6. 

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