Nationally-Ranked Baseball Routs Host Olivet on Record-Setting Day

It took over 21 innings before Mo Hanley allowed his first earned run of 2019. He vaults to the top of the ERA chart of the MIAA after his outing at Olivet Sunday. (Action photo by Geoff Henson, Olivet Athletics)
It took over 21 innings before Mo Hanley allowed his first earned run of 2019. He vaults to the top of the ERA chart of the MIAA after his outing at Olivet Sunday. (Action photo by Geoff Henson, Olivet Athletics)

OLIVET, Mich.--Nationally-ranked Adrian continued to flex its muscles on offense and on the mound on Sunday at Olivet, sweeping the host Comets 12-1 and 22-4 in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader.  

THE BASICS
= Final Scorelines: Game 1--Adrian College 12-10-1, Olivet College 1-4-3; Game 2--Adrian 22-23-0, Olivet 4-5-2

= Location: OC Comets Field at the Cutler Athletic Complex, Olivet, Mich.; Weather: Sunny, 69 degrees, Wind SW 12 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 16-4 overall (9-1 MIAA); Olivet Comets 3-20 overall (1-11 MIAA)

= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 12 by American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (262 points) and No. 19 by the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (187) poll.

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Zack Zschering was 4-for-7, including a double, with five runs scored and four runs batted in during the day.

= Junior Gunner Rainey went 4-for-8 and drove in four runs in the doubleheader.

= Sophomore Mo Hanley (2-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of Game 1, finishing with eight strikeouts and three walks while allowing one run and a hit in the win.

= In the nightcap, sophomore Thomas Miller set a MIAA record by going 6-for-6, including two home runs and a double, with seven RBI and four runs scored.

= Junior Brady Wood went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI in the nightcap.

= In Game 2, senior Dugan Darnell, and sophomores Brandon Cooper, Sean O'Keefe had two hits apiece.

= Sophomore Jordan Williams was the Game 2 winner (4-0) after going four scoreless innings with five strikeouts against no walks allowed (1 hit) before giving way to five Bulldog relievers who worked an inning each.

THE OPPOSITION
= Seamus Mitchell was 3-for-8 with two RBI on the afternoon.

= Riley Bennett went 2-for-2 with a RBI in the second game.

= Jake Allen came off the bench in Game 2 to rap a double.

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 1
= Adrian scored early and often to cruise to the 11-run victory. The Bulldogs had multiple runs in each of the first four innings--two in the first, three in the second, four in the third and three more in the fourth--to build a 12-0 cushion.

= The Bulldogs got all the runs they would need in the top of the first when Rainey had a RBI-single to right-center field and Darnell grounded out to the pitcher for an RBI.

= In the fourth, Cooper hit his team-leading third home run of the season over the wall in left field with a man aboard to give Adrian an 11-0 advantage.

= Mitchell singled to left center to bring home Bennett from second base with one out to spoil the shutout in the bottom of the sixth. 

HOW IT HAPPENED, Game 2
= Adrian outhit Olivet 23 to five. The Comets left 13 runners on base.

= Like the first game, Adrian struck quickly with three runs in the first inning. Miller had a RBI single to left field, Wood connected for a RBI-double to left-center and senior Korey Mazur hit a sacrifice fly to left field. 

= Leading 5-0 going into the third, the Bulldogs blew the game open with six runs highlighted by Miller's first home run with a runner on base and a RBI-double later in the frame.

= Miller hit his second homer in as many innings that produced three more runs for a 15-0 lead at the time.

= Senior Jason Croci hit a two-run blast over the left field wall to give Adrian a 22-3 cushion.

= Olivet scored all of its runs in the seventh on a pair of bases loaded walks by Jake Csizmadia and Matt Hewitt while Bennett flied out to right for a sacrifice fly.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian holds a commanding 113-58 lead over Olivet in the all-time series, including 45-23 on the road.

= The Adrian pitching staff went 26 innings without allowing a run until Olivet broke through for its lone run in the sixth of Game 1. That ties the longest such scoreless streak for the Bulldogs who also had 26 innings in a row over five games from April 6-9, 2011.

= Miller also established an Adrian single-game record--according to available information--with 13 total bases and tied with the two home runs accomplished eight other times. His six hits were two off the NCAA Division III record and one RBI shy of the Bulldogs benchmark.

= In Game 2, Adrian set season highs for runs, hits, total bases (38), extra-base hits (9), home runs (3) and RBI (20).

= During the weekend series with Olivet, the Bulldogs scored 52 runs and rapped 11 doubles among 52 hits.

= Adrian's 23 hits in today's second contest are the second-most in school history and No. 1 in a true road game. The record of 24 was set by the 2017 squad against North Central-Illinois.

= Adrian junior Tristin Richardson has 99 career hits.  

= Hanley jumps back to the MIAA earned-run average lead at 0.42, getting the minimum number of innings pitched after his Game 1 start.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will travel to Grand Rapids on Thursday to play host Calvin College in a MIAA doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m. The four-game series resumes on Saturday when it shifts to Adrian and Nicolay Field for a 1 p.m. twinbill start. 

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