@AdrianBaseball Dismantles Host Alma with 35 Runs, 37 Hits in Doubleheader Sweep to Open MIAA Four-Game Series

@AdrianBaseball Dismantles Host Alma with 35 Runs, 37 Hits in Doubleheader Sweep to Open MIAA Four-Game Series

ALMA, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team banged out 37 hits and scored 35 runs to roll past host Alma College, 17-0 and 18-1, in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader on a beautiful Saturday. 

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline, Game 1: Adrian 17-19-0, Alma 0-5-4

= Final Scoreline, Game 2: Adrian 18-18-1, Alma 1-5-5

= Location: Klenk Park, Alma, Mich.; Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees, Wind NW 7 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 17-8 overall (12-2 MIAA), Alma Scots 17-8 overall (8-6 MIAA)

FOR ADRIAN
= Junior Ryan Dorow went 6-for-10 with a walk, two runs scored and three runs batted in on the afternoon.

= Senior Josh Knorr led the team with eight RBI and he went 5-for-9 in the two games.

= Classmate Jeff Gertley homered in both contests and drove in seven runs.

= Junior Ian Mikowski had multiple hits in both games, finishing 4-for-8 at the plate.

THE OPPOSITION
David Carles went 2-for-2 among Alma's five hits in the opener. He had two more hits, including a double, in the second contest.

Matthew Minaudo went 2-for-4 and brought in the Scots' only run in the nightcap.

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME ONE
= Adrian scored in every inning, including four on Gertley's grand slam in the very first frame.

= The Bulldogs scored three more runs in the second for a commanding 7-0 cushion. Knorr bunted in a run, Dorow had a RBI-single up the middle, and Gertley singled home another tally.

= Sophomore pitchers Tommy Parsons and Tyler Gnodtke combined on the five-hit shutout. Parsons started and got the win (6-1), going six innings with four hits and four strikeouts. Gnodtke worked the seventh when he allowed a hit and two walks while striking out one. 

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME TWO
= Holding a slim 3-1 lead after seven, Adrian got some insurance with four runs in the eighth stanza. Gertley started it with a two-run blast to right field and Mikowski, Knorr both had infield singles for a RBI apiece.

= The Bulldogs broke it open with 11 runs on six hits, four errors and three walks in the next frame.

= Junior Zach Dunn got the win in relief, throwing four scoreless innings while striking out a season-high five batters. He allowed three hits and a walk.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The 11 runs in the Adrian ninth during the nightcap are a season best for a single inning, eclipsing 10 (5th) that the Bulldogs scored on Tuesday at Calvin in a 24-8, 8-inning win.

= The 35 runs are the most in back-to-back games for the Bulldogs for the first time since the 2012 season: 23-13 win over Capital on March 1 and 13-11 loss to the Crusaders the next day in Port Charlotte, Fla.

= Through 25 games, the Bulldogs are hitting .320 as a team and outscoring opponents 228-104.

= Parsons has overtaken the MIAA lead with a 2.09 earned-run average and six wins.

= Dorow is hitting .456 (26-for-57) during a 14-game hitting streak, increasing his average to a season's best .398. He leads the conference with 38 RBI.

= Knorr is fifth with a .397 MIAA batting average and Gertley is second behind Dorow with 35 RBI.

= Alma has been receiving national votes in the last two D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25 polls.

UP NEXT
= These same two teams conclude their four-game series on Sunday, when the venue shifts to Adrian and Nicolay Field. Game one (7 innings) of the doubleheader begins first-pitch at 1 p.m., followed by a scheduled nine-inning contest approximately at 3:30 p.m.

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