ADRIAN, Mich.--The top two teams in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association met at Adrian College on Friday night, and Kalamazoo College and the Bulldogs didn't disappoint. Adrian took the opener behind sophomore Tommy Parsons' six-hit, 2-0 shutout before Kalamazoo got the win in the nightcap, 5-3.
= Final Scoreline, Game 1: Adrian 2-5-0, Kalamazoo 0-6-1
= Final Scoreline, Game 2: Kalamazoo 5-9-1, Adrian 3-9-1
= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Cloudy, 40s
= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 10-6 overall (5-1 MIAA), Kalamazoo Hornets 9-5-1 (5-1 MIAA)
= Junior catcher Dakota Cararo provided all the offense Parsons & Co. would need in the first game by launching his first home run of the season and second of his career in the bottom of the fifth inning. He finished 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.
HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME ONE
= Parsons scattered six singles to improve to 4-1 on the season. He walked one batter and struck out two. He allowed just one runner past second base and the first three hits he gave up were either bloop or infield singles.
= Adrian senior Matt Andrus opened the decisive fifth frame with a leadoff triple to the wall, as the right fielder was battling the wind and the ball carried.
= Cararo, the next batter, hit his first homer in his last 74 at-bats over the right field wall.
= K-zoo starter Ryan Orr lost for the first time in four decisions, giving up two runs and five hits while striking out five. He did not issue a walk.
= Jack Clark went 4-for-7 with two walks and two RBI on the day.
= In the second game, starter Aaron Schwark (2-1) pitched seven innings to get the win, scattering seven hits and working around three walks with eight strikeouts. He allowed two runs.
= Mitchell VanKoevering went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Brett Garwood also had two hits in the second contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME TWO
= The Hornets took advantage of a Bulldog miscue to plate three runs--two were unearned--in the top of the seventh inning. Clark had a bunt RBI-single and VanKoevering followed two batters later with a sacrifice fly to right.
= Orr came back from his Game 1 loss to earn a save. After inheriting a runner in freshman Dugan Darnell who led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single through the left side, Orr relieved Scott Zychowski (1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and retired the next three batters he faced--two on strikeouts.
= K-zoo got an insurance run in its ninth frame as VanKoevering doubled down the left field line to plate Clark, who had doubled to left center field. The Hornets led 5-3.
= Clark had a RBI single to give K-zoo a 1-0 advantage in the third inning before junior Ryan Dorow equalized with an infield RBI-single in the sixth.
= After K-zoo reclaimed the lead 4-1 in the seventh, Adrian got a run back in its half with Andrus scoring on a wild pitch.
= Senior Jeff Gertley homered to right-center to pull the Bulldogs within 4-3 in the eighth.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian now leads the all-time series over the Hornets, 99 to 62, including 60-32 at home.
= Parsons hasn't yielded a run in his last 16 innings over a three-game span, lowering his earned-run average to a season-low 2.33 for fifth in the MIAA.
= Gertley has a team-leading four home runs, which ranks second in the conference.
= Dorow added to his MIAA-leading 25th RBI as he entered the weekend ranked third in NCAA Division III with 1.83 per outing.
= These same two teams are scheduled to complete their four-game series on Sunday in Kalamazoo, starting at 1 p.m. (7-innings) and followed by a 3:30 p.m. (9) contest.