DEMOREST, Ga.--The Adrian College baseball team equaled fifth-ranked Birmingham–Southern's 11 hits on Friday, but couldn't quite complete the comeback in a 6-4 non-conference loss on the opening day at the Piedmont College Spring Classic.
= Final Score: Birmingham–Southern 6, Adrian 4
= Location: Loudermilk Field; Demorest, Ga.; Sunny conditions
= Records: Birmingham–Southern Panthers 14-2, Adrian Bulldogs 2-2
= National Rankings: BSC #5 D3baseball.com, AC "rv" D3baseball.com
= Senior Jeff Gertley led the Bulldogs' 11-hit attack with three, including a home run. He had a game-best three runs batted in.
= Junior Ian Mikowski hit two singles, scored a run and earned a walk.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= BSC took the lead for good on a RBI-groundout by Sam Roberts in the bottom of the first inning, breaking a 1-1 tie.
= In the top of the third, Adrian closed 3-2 as Gertley hit a sacrifice fly.
= BSC added a Tyler Hamel home run in the fourth and two more insurance runs in the sixth.
= Trailing 6-2 in the eighth, Adrian got two runs back as Gertley belted his second homer of the season over the right field wall to account for the final score.
= Both teams stranded seven runners on base.
= BSC also had 11 hits, led by David Scott's four singles while Hamel had two.
= Starting pitcher Ryan Gaines scattered 11 hits and four earned runs to get the win, improving to 5-0 on the season. He walked two and had four strikeouts.
= Ross James tossed two scoreless, hitless innings with a strikeout and walk to get the save.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian touched BSC's Gaines for the first four earned runs he's given up so far in 30 innings. Prior to today, he had allowed only 17 hits but the Bulldogs got to him for 11 on the afternoon.
= The Panthers now lead the all-time series 5-3, including wins in the last three meetings.
= Adrian continues Piedmont College Spring Classic action tomorrow against the host Lions (2 p.m.) and nationally-ranked Marietta (5 p.m.). Originally, the schedule was spread into Sunday but with bad weather expected, Piedmont Athletics officials set up the split-doubleheader, plus two other contests, and cut short a third day of play.
(Editor's note: This game recap was modified in the "up next" section on Saturday, March 12, at 10:49 a.m.)