ADRIAN, Mich.--It's a lucky 13 for Adrian College. With Tuesday's release of the new American Baseball Coaches Association poll conducted by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Bulldogs have appeared in the ABCA Top-30 national rankings for 13 weeks in a row dating back to last season. Adrian improved two rungs on the ladder from No. 16 to No. 14, collecting 251 points.
Late Monday night, the Bulldogs (28-6 overall, 20-3 MIAA) also were the biggest movers in the latest D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association going from No. 17 to No. 11 with 309 points. Concordia-Chicago picked up 14 first-place votes among 604 points to edge No. 2 Christopher Newport (4, 592) for the top spot. Fellow Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Hope College fell out of the D3baseball Top-25 and are listed in the "Others receiving votes" with 19 points for "No. 30."
Sophomore Mo Hanley was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Week for the second time in his career on Monday. Hanley is 4-0 with a 1.52 earned-run average and 53 strikeouts--both career bests--over 41-1/3 innings. The Bulldog pitching staff is led by freshman Max Denny (8-0 W-L, 1.42 ERA, 46 K, 44.1 IP), junior Pierce Banks (6-2, 3.91, 51, 48.1) and sophomore Jordan Williams (6-1, 4.57, 43, 43.1).
Offensively, junior Gunner Rainey, sophomore Thomas Miller, senior Zack Zschering and sophomore Brandon Cooper rank second (.418), third (.416), fourth (.411) and fifth (.393), respectively, in MIAA batting average. Miller, Rainey and junior Brady Wood all have a career-best 41 runs batted in for a second-place tie in the conference. As a team, the Bulldogs lead the MIAA in most statistical categories, most notably in scoring (9.5 runs per game) and batting average (.336) which are sixth and 15 in NCAA Division III.
Adrian looks to continue its seven game-winning streak during the final week of the regular season on Wednesday (7 p.m.) in a make-up game against Trine University. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday in Angola, Ind., but has been moved to Adrian's Nicolay Field and will be slated for seven innings. Then this weekend, the Bulldogs will do battle with second-place and ABCA No. 29-ranked Hope for a four-game series to decide the MIAA championship on Friday (2 p.m.) in Adrian and then on Saturday (1 p.m.) in Holland.
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