Host Berry College Rallies to Nip @AdrianBaseball in Bulldogs' 2017 Season Opener, 4-2

Host Berry College Rallies to Nip @AdrianBaseball in Bulldogs' 2017 Season Opener, 4-2

MOUNT BERRY, Ga.--Host Berry College rallied from a 2-0 deficit to double up Adrian College, 4-2, in non-conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon. It was the season opener for the latter Bulldogs. 

THE BASICS
= Final Scoreline: Berry 4-12-1, Adrian 2-6-1

= Location: William R. Bowdoin, Mount Berry, Ga.; Weather: Sunny, 50s

= Records: Berry Vikings 7-3 overall ; Adrian Bulldogs 0-1

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshman Gunner Rainey led Adrian with two hits in his collegiate debut.

= Junior college transfer Hunter Hayes recorded a double in his debut for the Bulldogs.

= Seniors Brian KillingerIan Mikowski and junior Frank Resto contributed a hit each.

THE OPPOSITION
Devin Post went 3-for-4 with a run batted in to pace the Vikings' 12-hit attack.

= Jacob Delk and Alfred Francis had two hits apiece. Delk scored twice and had a triple.

Trey Rampy (W, 3-0) pitched five scoreless innings in relief to pick up the victory. He allowed one hit and had four strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Berry--with 10 games under its belt this spring already--outhit Adrian 12 to 6.

= Kris Patel broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI-single, and Casey Whitaker added an insurance run in the next frame when he grounded out to second base.

= Things started well enough for the Bulldogs who grabbed a 2-0 lead after two innings. Hayes reached on error by the second baseman to drive home Mikowski from third after he had led off the game with a bunt single. In the top of the second, sophomore Jordan Torrento earned a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a single by Resto. After both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch, sophomore Zack Zschering hit into a RBI-fielder's choice to plate Torrento.

= Berry cut the deficit in half with a run in its home second inning when Post hit a RBI-single to left field. 

= In their next at-bat, the Vikings tied it 2-all as Slade Dale flied out to center for a sacrifice fly to bring in Austin Haight from third base after he led off with a single.

= After leaving five runners on base through the first three innings, the potent Adrian offense (.333 BA, .438 OBP, 8.7 runs/game in 2016) was held in check the rest of the way as Berry pitching retired 18 of the last 19 batters.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian defeated Berry, 5-4, in the schools' only previous meeting on March 6, 2015.

= The Bulldogs are preseason nationally ranked No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and "receiving votes" (48 points for 29th) by D3baseball.com.

= Adrian is 10-14 in season openers under Craig Rainey '89, who is 585-389 at the helm and the 29th active winningest head coach in NCAA Division III.

= Adrian has fielded a baseball program since 1901.

= Berry competes in the D-III conference, Southern Athletic Association.

UP NEXT
= Adrian continues its season-opening southern trip on Tuesday in the first of a two-game set against Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. The teams also play the following night to usher in the month of March, and both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Live stats

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