@AdrianBaseball Sweeps Alma in Home Opener to Begin MIAA Title Defense

Senior Hunter Hayes delivered the game-winning single with the bases loaded, as Adrian won the opener 3-2 in nine innings. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Hunter Hayes delivered the game-winning single with the bases loaded, as Adrian won the opener 3-2 in nine innings. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball team made its 2018 home debut on Friday when the Bulldogs swept Alma College, finishing strong in Game 1 with a 3-2 walk-off in extra innings and starting strong during a Game 2 6-4 victory to begin their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title defense.

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1 (9 innings)--Adrian 3-11-3, Alma 2-7-2; Game 2--Adrian 6-8-1, Alma 4-8-3

= Location: Nicolay Field, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Sunny, 43 degrees, Wind N 11 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 7-3 overall/2-0 MIAA; Alma Scots 7-7 overall/0-2 MIAA

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Tommy Parsons (2-0) made history with a complete game in the first contest. He had 12 strikeouts and walked two, scattering seven hits and two runs (none earned).

= Classmate Hunter Hayes went 2-for-5, with a double, including the Game 1-winning single; he finished the day with two runs batted in.

= Sophomore Pierce Banks (2-1) won Game 2 with a complete-game effort in which he scattered eight hits, four runs and four walks while striking out eight batters to equal his season high.

= Classmate Tristin Richardson went 3-for-6 at the plate during the twinbill.

= Sophomore Gunner Rainey also had three hits on the day, while classmate Brady Wood had two hits in the nightcap to match what junior Chad Paddock did in the opener.

THE OPPOSITION
= Pete Carravallah was 3-for-8 with a RBI on the day.

= Max Trucks had a pair of doubles and Alex Dwan also had two hits in the first contest, while Logan Huff and Carravallah had two apiece in the second.   

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= In the decisive ninth inning, junior Zack Zschering singled through the left side with one out. Rainey followed with a single up the middle and Zschering moved to third base. After Wood drew a pinch-hit walk, Hayes singled to center to plate Zschering for the game-winner.

= Alma forced extra innings in the top of the seventh with an unearned run. With two outs and Scot on first base, Carravallah hit a high pop-up that was dropped by the shortstop to bring home Matt Minaudo all the way from first. Parsons left Carravallah stranded at second as he got Jaret Koin to flyout to center field to end the threat.

= The pitchers' duel between Parsons and Alma starter Josh Riggs with the visiting Scots taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Leading off, Huff reached on a dropped fly in center and Dwan followed with a RBI-double to right-center field.

= Paddock tied it 1-1 for Adrian in the third with a RBI-single to the pitcher, knocking in junior Jordan Torrento from third after he had stolen two bases to get in prime scoring position.

= The Bulldogs claimed a 2-1 lead three frames later as Hayes scored from second base on a bunt play and error.

= Both teams stranded nine baserunners. Adrian outhit Alma 11-7.  

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Adrian jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the bottom of the very first inning and never trailed. Junior Dugan Darnell had the big hit with a two-run double to left. The Bulldogs sent nine batters to the plate to generate five runs on five hits.

= Alma got back into the game with four runs on five hits and a walk in the fourth. Minaudo, Jordan Anstandig, Austin Roeske and Carravallah had consecutive RBI-singles with one out, but Banks stranded two on base when he struck out Trucks and Koin to end further damage.

= The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the fifth when Hayes scored on a wild pitch.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The teams were originally scheduled to meet in Adrian on Saturday, but the games were moved up a day due to more favorable weather.

= Parsons became the fourth Bulldog in history to reach 200 career strikeouts (208) and takes over sole possession of the program's all-time wins list (31; to break previous record-holder Eric Schmidt, who was 30-5 from 2012-15).

= Torrento leads NCAA Division III with almost two walks per team game.

= Adrian leads Alma in the all-time series, 102-81. The Scots are the Bulldogs' most-played rivalry at 183 meetings.

= Adrian improves to 15-10 in home openers under Coach Craig Rainey--winning 12 its past 13 such encounters.

= Parsons takes over the MIAA strikeouts lead with 29 on the season. Riggs is second with 27 and Banks is tied for third with 22.

= Hayes now lists fifth in MIAA RBIs with 10, which tops the Bulldogs.

UP NEXT
= These same two teams are scheduled to conclude their four-game MIAA weekend series Sunday in Alma, starting at 1 p.m.