Visiting Hornets Sting Bulldogs in Pitchers' Duel to Open MIAA Tournament, 2-1

Visiting Hornets Sting Bulldogs in Pitchers' Duel to Open MIAA Tournament, 2-1

ADRIAN, Mich.--Jordan Wiley went 2-for-4, including a go-ahead single in the sixth inning, to help lift visiting Kalamazoo College to a 2-1 victory Wednesday over top-seeded Adrian College in Game 1 of the 2016 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Baseball Tournament. The contest featured a pair of first-team all-conference pitchers in a duel between sophomores Ryan Orr for the Hornets and Tommy Parsons for the Bulldogs.

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THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Kalamazoo 2-5-2, Adrian 1-5-1

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind ESE 7 mph

= Records: #4 seed Kalamazoo Hornets 22-17-1 overall, #1 seed Adrian Bulldogs 30-11

FOR ADRIAN
= Gunnar Glodich had two of the Bulldogs' five hits, including a double.

= Parsons (9-2) was the tough-luck loser in a complete-game effort. He allowed five hits, two earned runs and five walks while striking out five. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Wiley finished with two singles along with Connor Grant.

Orr (W, 7-3) also went the distance, limiting Adrian to a run on five hits and a walk. He had eight strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Wiley, facing a no-balls, 2-strike count, hit an opposite field single to right to plate Grant from third base for the eventual game-winning run.

= Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, K-zoo tied the score on a bases loaded walk by Mitchell VanKoevering. The Hornets could have had a big inning, but Parsons induced a groundout to strand three runners to escape further damage.

= Adrian took a 1-0 advantage after two outs in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back doubles by seniors Jeff Gertley and Matt Andrus.

= Both teams had chances to score more runs but the defenses came up big. In the Hornets' second, David Kracht and Grant singled up the middle with no outs. After Parsons got a strikeout, Josh Reuter grounded into a fielder's choice as Adrian turned an unconventional 3-6-5 double play with Kracht rounding third base too far and got tagged out to end the frame. Adrian had a runner in scoring position with one out in the fifth, but couldn't push a run across the plate and eventually stranded a pair.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Hornets left six runners on base while the Bulldogs had four.

= Parsons--who lost for the first time since March 12--had given up only six walks in 73-2/3 innings pitched ALL season before this afternoon's game. He is one of the nation's best--ranked 11th in NCAA Division III--with a 7.60 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, plus fourth with only .70 walks per 9 innings. Despite the loss, he lowered his earned-run average to 2.18, which would be sixth-best in an AC single-season (50-plus innings).

= Adrian edged K-zoo, 3-2, in the 2015 MIAA tournament opener.

= The Bulldogs see their six-game MIAA postseason winning streak snapped. Adrian is now 12-2 all-time in the conference tournament.

= Orr tops the MIAA ERA chart with 1.89; Parsons is second. The former also leads the conference with 66 strikeouts.

= Adrian junior Ian Mikowski, who had a single today, and Wiley rank 1-2 in the MIAA with 25 and 24 stolen bases, respectively.

= The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 100 to 64.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will play Alma, which was a 5-4 loser to Hope at home today, at 3 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game. If the Bulldogs win, they will play in a 6 p.m. contest.

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