Adrian and Shenandoah Square Off for First Time in NCAA Mideast Regional Opener

Adrian and Shenandoah Square Off for First Time in NCAA Mideast Regional Opener

ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College is no stranger to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but their opponent in the opening round is someone they have never faced. The Bulldogs (33-10) will square off with Shenandoah University (Va.) (27-8-1) at Ross Memorial Stadium in Washington, Pa. on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:15 p.m. in the 2015 Mideast Regional hosted by Washington and Jefferson.

Adrian College will be making its eighth straight appearance in the NCAA's and their 10th overall, all under head coach Craig Rainey. The skipper is in his 22nd season at the helm and has compiled an overall record at Adrian of 554-372 (.598). The Bulldogs have eight straight 30-win campaigns and over that time span the program's record is 265-85 (.757) and 202-50 (.802) in conference regular season action. Adrian has won seven straight MIAA regular season championships and every MIAA Tournament title since its inception in 2012.

Adrian is ranked in the top 25 for the first time this season by D3Baseball.com. The Bulldogs check in No. 23 this week and have won eight of their last nine games heading into regionals. The offense has been highlighted by the second-most home runs in school history (30), which also ranks 16th nationally. The Bulldogs are hitting .288 as a squad and are plus-90 in run differential this season. The pitching staff is once again among the best in Division III. Adrian ranks eighth nationally with a 2.78 earned run average through games played on May 7. They are also fifth in WHIP (1.17), 14th in hits allowed per nine innings (8.12) and 18th in walks allowed per nine innings (2.42). The Bulldogs have eight hurlers with an ERA below 3.00 including all four of their starters used in MIAA play.

Senior Eric Schmidt (Blissfield, Mich.) will likely get the ball versus Shenandoah. He has a 30-4 career record with a 2.77 ERA in 253.2 innings. Schmidt ranks first in wins, second in starts (40), third in innings pitched, fourth in ERA and fifth in strikeouts (167) in Adrian history. He is the MIAA Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-MIAA after a 9-1 season with a 2.28 ERA and 63 strikeouts. Junior Jordan Frayer (New Boston, Mich.) has been the compliment to Schmidt all season. Frayer is a First Team All-MIAA selection after posting a 7-1 record with a 2.34 ERA in 69.1 innings. He struck out 42 and walked 16 while opponents hit just .208 against him.

Sophomore shortstop Ryan Dorow (South Haven, Mich.) has been the team's top all-around player this season. He led the team with a .404 batting average and has started all 43 games this season. Dorow was named First Team All-MIAA for the second straight year and was the MIAA Position Player of the Year as a freshman. He has scored 43 runs and driven in 38 with 10 home runs and 13 doubles. He is tied for second in a season at Adrian in home runs and needs one more to tie the top spot. Dorow ranks 14th nationally in home runs, 23rd in total bases (106) and 30th in slugging percentage (.726). Junior center fielder Jeff Gertley (Northville, Mich.) was a First Team All-MIAA selection for the first time and batted .362 with nine home runs and a team-high 46 RBI's. Gertley scored 37 runs and belted 19 doubles helping lead the Bulldogs to a 23-5 MIAA record.

Shenandoah is ranked ninth in this week's D3Baseball.com national poll. The Hornets won the program's first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament title back on April 26 and won the regular season with a 16-4 record, two games ahead of Virginia Wesleyan. Shenandoah is a member of the South Region and coached by Kevin Anderson in his 12th season. The Hornets feature the sixth-best ERA in Division III (2.66) and are hitting .314 as a club. Senior J.J. McDaniel is batting .407 with 57 hits in 140 at-bats this season. He has eight doubles, one triple and four home runs while driving in 29. He is also the top base-stealing threat with 12 swipes in 14 attempts. Senior Nolan Overby is batting .318 and leads the team with seven long balls in addition to tying for the team-lead with 32 RBI's. Junior Darrell Thompson is 6-1 on the mound in 56.2 innings with a 2.38 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Junior Michael Scimanico is a perfect 6-0 in 53 innings with a 2.04 ERA and 42 punchouts.

Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, May 13
12:00 PM - Frostburg State vs. Washington & Jefferson
3:15 PM - Adrian vs. Shenandoah
6:30 PM - Heidelberg vs. La Roche

Thursday, May 14th
12:00 PM - Game 4 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
3:15 PM - Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3
6:30 PM - Game 6 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

Friday, May 15th
12:00 PM - Game 7 - TBD vs TBD
3:15 PM - Game 8 - TBD vs TBD
6:30 PM - Game 9 - TBD vs TBD

Saturday, May 16th
12:00 pm - Game 13 - TBD vs TBD
3:30 pm - Game 14 (if necessary) - TBD vs TBD

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