Baseball Splits Season Finale at Trine
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Adrian College baseball team split another doubleheader against Trine on Sunday at Jammen Field as the two teams also split back on Friday in Adrian. Adrian won the first game 6-3 and then fell 1-0 in game two. Adrian lost a pair of 1-0 games during the four-game series marking the first time since the conference moved to a four-game series that the Bulldogs were shut out twice. The last time Adrian was shut out twice in a MIAA series was April 19, 1997 at Calvin.
Adrian ends the regular season with a 32-8 record and won the league with a 24-4 mark. The Bulldogs will not turn their attention to the upcoming inaugural MIAA Tournament hosted at Nicolay Field May 9-11. The Bulldogs will face Albion on Wednesday at 4:00 PM as the number one seed. The two-seed Trine will entertain three-seed Hope also at 4:00 PM on Wednesday. The tournament will be double-elimination with nine inning games. After the first two games, the teams will then conclude the tournament in Adrian on Thursday and Friday.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the first inning of game one and never let go of the lead. Sam Fischer led off the game with a double to left center. Andrew DeLuca followed with a double down the left field line to give Adrian a 1-0 lead. DeLuca moved to third on a wild pitch and then Garrett Green singled to right giving Adrian a 2-0 lead. Green was caught stealing at second and then Kyle Strawn doubled to right center and later scored on a Mitch Stefanski single through the right side.
Trine got one run off Adrian starter Eric Schmidt in the first on a failed pickoff attempt and then Adrian answered with a run in the third. Stefanski walked and took second on a passed ball. Jamey Sackett singled to center with one out moving Stefanski to third. Mike Herzog scored Stefanski with a RBI single through the right side to give Adrian a 4-1 lead.
Trine scored another single run in the third as Craig Rinkes had a RBI single with two outs. Adrian increased their lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth. The scoring began after two outs as started with Herzog getting hit by a pitch. Herzog advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on an infield single by Cody Meyer. Fischer's second double of the game scored both runners.
Trine got their final run in the sixth when Sean Hartman entered the game for Adrian. Rinkes singled to start the inning and later scored on a double play. Schmidt improved to 7-0 this season going five innings and allowing seven hits. He walked one and struck out three. Hartman finished the game with two innings and allowed two hits with no walks or strikeouts.
Braxton Siddons threw just two-thirds of an inning in the first and allowed five hits and three earned runs. He fell to 4-2 on the mound and walked one with one strikeout. Green went 3-for-4 in the game and Meyer finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Fischer ended 2-for-5 with two RBI's.
Adrian smacked seven hits in game two but could not push across a run. The Bulldogs stranded 11 runners including the bases loaded in the seventh. Trine scored their run in the third off Adrian starter Brent Greenwood. Brian Hoeper singled with one out and took third on a failed pickoff attempt by Greenwood. Ethan Prebynski then reached on an error allowing the eventual winning run to score. In the top of the seventh, Adrian faced Jeremy Spalding whom they got to for two runs in game one on Friday. It looked like it might happen again as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with just one out. Meyer bunt singled to start the inning and Fischer followed with a bunt single. DeLuca sacrificed both runners over a base and Strawn was intentionally walked. The move paid off as Stefanski hit an infield fly to short and Mitch Sroka flied out down the right field line to end the contest.