Kalamazoo and @AdrianBaseball Split One-Run Affairs to Complete MIAA Four-Game Series on Sunday

Tommy Eng
Tommy Eng

ADRIAN, Mich.--For the second time in three nights, Kalamazoo and Adrian colleges split a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader. On Sunday, the teams wrapped up their four-game series showdown here as the Hornets won the nightcap in walk-off fashion, 7-6, after the Bulldogs took a 4-3 decision in extra innings in Game 1.

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline, Game 1: Adrian 4-5-0, Kalamazoo 3-8-0, 8 innings

= Final Scoreline, Game 2: Kalamazoo 7-8-0, Adrian 6-9-3

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Sunny, 51 degrees

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 11-7 overall (6-2 MIAA), Kalamazoo Hornets 10-6-1 (6-2 MIAA)

FOR ADRIAN
= Junior Ryan Dorow went 4-for-6 with two walks, two runs scored and three runs batted in on the evening.

= Senior Jeff Gertley had two hits and drove in three runs during the two contests.

= Classmate Tommy Eng made his first start at home in the opener a successful one. He improved to 2-0 on the season after scattering seven hits, working around five walks and allowing three runs in seven innings of work. He had one strikeout.

THE OPPOSITION
= Mitchell VanKoevering went 5-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored on the day.

Joe Giacalone got the Game-2 win in relief, working a third of an inning. Coming in with the bases loaded, he got his third batter faced to strikeout looking to escape further damage with the score tied 6-6.

David Kracht went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI in the second game.

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME ONE
= In the top of the eighth inning, junior Brian Killinger led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a Dorow walk, he scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a force out off the bat of Gertley.

= The Hornets forced extra innings with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh. After two outs, Jack Clark had a RBI-single through the right side and VanKoevering followed with a RBI single to center field to knot the score, 3-3. Facing two runners in scoring position, Eng bore down and got Connor Grant to ground out to second base without giving up the lead.

= Adrian took a 2-0 advantage after Dorow singled to right field to bring in a run in the top of the first and senior Gunnar Glodich hit a RBI-single in the next inning.

= Brett Garwood had a RBI-fielder's choice in the fourth to cut K-zoo's deficit in half before Killinger restored Adrian's two-run lead, 3-1, with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

= Junior Shane Healy relieved Eng in the eighth and picked up his first career save.

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME TWO
= Errors hurt the Bulldogs as four of the Hornets' seven runs were earned.

= VanKoevering drew a bases-loaded walk to force the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh for K-zoo. He finished 4-for-4 at the plate.

= Trailing 6-2 in its final at-bat, Adrian mounted a furious rally to score four runs on three hits and two walks to knot things at 6-all in the top of the seventh. Dorow had a bases-loaded walk and Gertley doubled home a pair of runs to ignite the comeback that came after two outs.

= K-zoo took a 2-0 lead after three innings on a Kracht RBI-single to left-center and he would later score on a throwing error.

= But the Bulldogs tied it up with a run each in the fifth and sixth frames. Junior Ian Mikowski hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Dorow homered to the same place.

= The Hornets, however, reclaimed a 6-2 cushion with four runs in their sixth. Jack Dynes sparked it with a two-run single to left field and two more runs would later cross the plate on a throwing error.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian now leads the all-time series over the Hornets, 100 to 63, including 61-33 at home.

= Dorow added to his MIAA-leading 28th RBI as he entered the weekend ranked third in NCAA Division III with 1.83 per outing.

= Gertley and Dorow are tied for the team lead with four home runs.

UP NEXT
= Adrian steps out of conference play Tuesday to host Baldwin-Wallace College, with first-pitch at 4 p.m.

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