Bulldogs Set @AdrianBaseball Season Runs Record in MIAA Road Split at Hope to Close Regular Season

Bulldogs Set @AdrianBaseball Season Runs Record in MIAA Road Split at Hope to Close Regular Season

HOLLAND, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team made history on Saturday while splitting a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader on the road with Hope College to wrap up the regular season. The Bulldogs took the opener, 11-8, before the Flying Dutchmen came back with an 11-10 walk-off win in the nightcap.

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline, Game 1: Adrian 11-13-1, Hope 8-10-2

= Final Scoreline, Game 2: Hope 10-12-2, Adrian 11-10-1 

= Location: Boeve Stadium, Holland, Mich.; Weather: Partly Sunny, 63 degrees, Wind WNW 10 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 30-10 overall (24-4 MIAA), Hope Flying Dutchmen 22-16 overall (17-10 MIAA)

FOR ADRIAN
= Junior leadoff batter Ian Mikowski went 5-for-9 with four runs batted in during the doubleheader.

= Senior Matt Andrus continued his torrid weekend with a 5-for-7, 4-RBI performance at the plate in the two games.

= Classmate Jeff Gertley had four hits, including a home run in the second contest that gave the Bulldogs an historic run.

THE OPPOSITION
Ryan Konkle led Hope with three hits, including a home run, and six RBI on the day.

Landon Brower drove in a total of four runs.

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME ONE
= Adrian scored six times in the very first inning on five hits and two Hope errors, and never looked back. Andrus started it with a RBI-single up the middle and sophomore Frank Resto highlighted the big rally with a two-single down the left field line.

= The Bulldogs scored three insurance runs in the fourth on a Knorr run-scoring double to left field and Andrus provided a two-RBI single to right. Adrian led 9-1.

= But in the bottom half of the frame, the host Flying Dutchmen got back into the game with four runs to make it 9-5. Nick Glowacki and Michael Barnett had back-to-back RBI singles, Ben De Ritter had RBI fielder's choice, and Konkle drew a bases loaded walk.

= Sophomore relief pitcher Tyler Gnodtke (1-1) got credit for the win, after entering the game later in the inning while inheriting three baserunners and inducing a double play to escape further damage.

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME TWO
= Hope's Brady VanderWeele scored the game-winning run from third base on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth.

= The see-saw affair featured three lead changes and two ties. Neither squad led by more than three.

= In the seventh inning, Gertley belted his seventh home run of the season to give the Bulldogs a 10-8 advantage. But in the bottom half, Konkle tied it up with a two-run single through the right side.

= In the sixth, Adrian erased a 7-5 deficit after scoring four times. Senior Gunnar Glodich and Resto both forced in a run after being hit by a pitch, and Mikowski delivered a two-run single to left field to cap the rally.

Matt Glowacki (2-1) picked up the win in relief, pitching the last two innings without allowing a hit or a run.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Konkle paces the MIAA with a .473 batting average.

= Adrian has scored 360 runs this season (on Gertley's home run in Game 2 today), breaking the previous record of 359 set by the 2012 Bulldogs squad.

= The Flying Dutchmen still lead the all-time series that began in 1950, 92-72, but the Bulldogs have won 12 of the last 15 meetings.

= Mikowski had a stolen base in the opener, extending his school- and MIAA-leading total to 25.

= He also is 16-for-his-last-33 to increase his batting average to .426, a season high.

= Adrian senior Josh Knorr saw his 16-game hitting streak (26-55, .472) snapped after going 0-for-5 in the nightcap. He is sixth in the conference with a .403 average.

= Adrian's 24 MIAA wins are second-most in team history (25-3 in 2009).

= With 30 victories this season, the Bulldogs have reached that plateau for the ninth-consecutive year and are 295-110 since 2008.

= In the latest NCAA Division III statistics, Adrian ranks fourth in the nation with 9.1 runs per game.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will be the No. 1 seed in next week's MIAA Tournament, which begins on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Kalamazoo at 4 p.m. at Nicolay Field. The remaining schedule for Thursday and Friday will be announced on Monday.

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