ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team reached the 30th-win plateau for the 10th year in a row with a 6-5 win in eight innings as part of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader split with visiting Hope College on Saturday on Senior Day. The Flying Dutchmen, however, came from behind in Game 2 to win 3-2.
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian 6-3-2, Hope 5-4-3; Game 2--Hope 3-7-2, Adrian 2-5-0
= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 57 degrees, Wind N 17 mph
= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 30-10 overall/23-5 MIAA; Hope Flying Dutchmen 24-16 overall/17-11 MIAA
= National Rankings: Adrian ("RV" National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com, 28 points; "RV" American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, 11 points)
= Senior Ryan Dorow had two hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in during the twinbill.
= Junior Frank Resto drove in two runs on a pair of walks in the opener.
= Senior Ian Mikowski walked four times and stole three bases in the two games.
= Relief pitcher Shane Healy celebrated his Senior Day by throwing two scoreless innings to get his first win of the season in the opener.
= JP Batts was 3-for-5 with two walks and a pair of RBI on the afternoon.
= Nick Lepore had two hits on the day.
= Matt VanDyken (W, 4-1) pitched a complete-game to salvage the split for Hope. He allowed five hits, two runs and a walk with four strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Adrian loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning as Resto was hit by a pitch, Mikowski was intentionally walked after sophomore pinch-runner Jason Croci advanced to second base on a failed pickoff attempt and senior Brian Killinger walked. After a pitching change, Dorow hit into a fielder's choice to shortstop but the Dutchmen couldn't turn the inning-ending double play, driving in Croci with the walk-off run.
= Trailing 5-1 in the top of the sixth, Hope was able to force extra inning by putting across four runs on just one hit, two hitbatsmen and taking advantage of a throwing error that led to two of the runs being unearned. Danny Carras had a RBI-single through the right side to start the rally and Drew Lunsford capped it with a RBI groundout to second base.
= After Batts gave the Flying Dutchmen a 1-0 lead on an infield single in the top of the first, Adrian responded with a run in the second and two each in the third and fourth to go up 4-1. The Bulldogs first three tallies came via a bases loaded walk. In the fourth, Dorow had a RBI-triple to the left-center field wall and sophomore Dugan Darnell followed with a sacrifice fly to right to bring home Dorow.
HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Michael Barnett snapped a 2-2 tie on a sacrifice fly to center field in the sixth inning. Landon Brower and Batts hit back-to-back singles to start it. Brower went to third on the hit by Batts, who was trying to stretch it into a double but was tagged out. Brower scored on Barnett's flyball.
= Things started well enough for the Bulldogs who built a 2-0 lead on a RBI by Dorow in the first and junior Brian Guck's RBI-groundout in the third.
= But Hope equalized with a pair of runs in the fifth. Lunsford and Jordon Fairchild connected on back-to-back RBI singles.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is ranked third in the second NCAA Division III Mideast Region Rankings.
= Hope leads the all-time series, 94-74, but Adrian has won 14 of the past 19 meetings.
= The Bulldogs will serve as the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament and will host three other teams after the first day, May 10-12.
= Mikowski needs two hits to set the Bulldogs' single-season record, which is currently held by Alex Cowart with 71 in 2009 and 2010.
= The Bulldogs are 1-2 in extra-inning games this spring.
= Dorow eclipsed the 50-RBI mark for the second straight year. He leads the MIAA with 52 this spring.
= During the Hope weekend, Killinger surpassed 100 hits in his Bulldogs career. He has 103 in 89 games in this, a career season that includes a .429 batting average.
= Batts ranks third in the conference with a .436 batting average.
= Between games today, the Adrian coaching staff and fans honored the Bulldogs 12-member senior class for their contributions to the program over the last four years.
= Adrian will play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against a MIAA tournament opponent to be determined after play on Sunday. Stay tuned to AdrianBulldogs.com for more information.
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