HOLLAND, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College baseball team Saturday wrapped up the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season at Hope College, as the host Flying Dutchmen overcame large deficits to take both ends of the doubleheader 11-9 and 17-12.
= Final Scorelines: Game 1—Hope 11-15-2, Adrian 9-13-1; Game 2—Hope 17-13-4, Adrian 12-15-1
= Location: Boeve Stadium, Holland, Mich.; Weather Conditions: Sunny, 75 degrees, Wind E 5 mph
= Records: Hope Flying Dutchmen, 16-22 overall (14-14 MIAA); Adrian Bulldogs, 30-8 overall (24-4 MIAA)
= National Rankings: Adrian is 16th by D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, 213 points; No. 23 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 144 points
= Sophomore Brady Wood was 7-for-10, with a home run and double, and drove in five runs during the doubleheader.
= Classmate Gunner Rainey scored four times on the day and had three hits in the opener.
= Senior Hunter Hayes smacked two home runs and had five runs batted in during the first contest.
= Junior Zack Zschering went 4-for-10 with two runs scored and three RBI on the afternoon.
= Classmate Jordan Torrento had four hits, including a home run, five runs and three RBI in the twinbill.
= Mason Opple had three home runs as part of a 4-for-10, four-RBI performance to pace the Hope offense today.
= Trace Slancik recorded five hits, five RBI and six runs in the two games.
= Danny Carrasco notched two hits in each game.
= Landon Brower was 4-for-7 with six RBI in both contests.
HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Opple and Slancik each belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs for the walk-off win, after the Flying Dutchmen entered the top of the frame trailing by a 9-7 score.
= After Slancik gave Hope a 2-0 advantage with a two-RBI single in the first, Adrian scored eight unanswered runs to go up 8-2 by the top of the fifth. Torrento hit his first career home run with a man aboard in the second and Zschering tripled with the bases loaded in the fourth to fuel the Bulldogs' comeback.
= But the Dutchmen had a comeback story of their own in store. It started in the fifth when Landon Brower had a RBI-single to make it 8-3 and the hosts scored another tally on a fielding error.
= Then in the sixth, Hope closed within 9-7 on RBIs by Opple (home run), Nick Lepore (single) and Brower (sacrifice fly), scoring three runs on four hits and a walk to set the dramatic stage for the next stanza.
= In the top of the seventh, Adrian was hoping to increase its 9-7 lead by getting two base runners on with one out. Senior Frank Resto walked and Torrento was hit by a pitch, but winning pitcher Matt VanDyken (W, 2-4) escaped the threat by inducing Zschering to fly out and Rainey to pop up.
= Hope outhit Adrian by a 15-13 count and had 11 runners left on base compared to eight for the Bulldogs.
HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Like Game 1, things started well enough in the nightcap for the Bulldogs who led 3-0 after one and built an 8-0 bulge after 1-1/2 innings. Wood and Hayes connected for back-to-back home runs to ignite the quick start, and Hayes capped the five-run second inning with a grand slam.
= Hope, however, cut the deficit in half with four runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batter and an error in the second. Jordon Fairchild (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI) capped it with a two-double to right center.
= Then in the next inning, the Flying Dutchmen sent 11 men to the plate to score seven times on five hits, two hitbatsmen and a walk. No. 9 batter Brant Kym (2-for-5, 3 RBI) lifted a two-run homer to left field to knot the score 9-9 and after Evan Maday was hit by a pitch Fairchild homered to right-center to put the Dutch in the lead for good, 11-9.
= Hope outscored Adrian 6-3 the rest of the way to maintain their advantage for the win.
= Adrian left 14 runners on base.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is ranked fourth in the second of three NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Rankings, released recently.
= Wood is second in the MIAA with a .416 batting average while Hope's Maday ranks fourth at .383
= The Flying Dutchmen lead the all-time series 96-76, but Adrian has won 38 of the last 53 meetings.
= Rainey finished the opener with three hits, surpassing 100 for his 83-game AC career. He becomes the 38th Bulldog ever—and the second this season – to join the 100-hit club with 102.
= Resto had two hits in the nightcap to join Rainey with 100 career hits.
= The Bulldogs lost back-to-back games for the first time in two months.
= For the second time this season a Bulldog has tied the school single-game record with five hits as Wood did the feat in Game 2. Zschering also had five March 28 against then-nationally-ranked Heidelberg.
= Hayes leads the MIAA with career highs of seven home runs and 52 RBI; Opple ranks tied for second with five and third with 33, respectively.
= Hope scored its most runs against Adrian since an 18-16, extra-inning (8) victory on April 22, 2000, in Holland.
= The 79 runs scored combined this weekend are the most in a season series since the teams have been meeting since 1950 (according to available records).
= Adrian closes the regular season on Monday when it hosts Mideast Region foe Baldwin Wallace (ranked 12th in the region) in a non-conference twinbill at Nicolay Field, starting at 2 p.m.
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