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The Adrian College baseball team improved to 15-3 at Nicolay Field this season with a pair of wins over Trine University on Saturday. The Bulldogs increased their record to 22-7 overall and 16-2 in the MIAA behind a 7-5 and 10-3 pair of decisions.
Both teams scored three times in the first inning of game one. The Thunder scored three unearned runs against Eric Schmidt who was fighting his control most of the game and threw just 3.2 innings. It was his shortest outing of the season as he walked three and struck out four. The Bulldogs got those three runs right back in the bottom of the first. Mitch Stefanski hit a RBI triple scoring Sam Fischer from second for the first run. R.J. Rios had a RBI single to right scoring Stefanski. Zach Kolvey hit a high chop grounder to second to score the third run and gave him a RBI scoring Drew Shutes.
The Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead in the second as Ben Yax led off with a bunt single. He stole second and advanced to third on a fly out by Fischer. Ryan Dorow tripled to right center scoring Yax and was stranded after a pair of pop-ups. Schmidt was taken out in the fourth inning as Jeff Phillips singled through the left side for a RBI. Greg Sombati entered with runners on first and second and two outs and walked Jordan Baer to load the bases. He then got Zach Thorn to bounce into a fielder's choice to keep the game tied at 4-4.
Vinny Slobodecki settled in nicely for Trine as he retired 11 batters in a row as Adrian came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth. Rios worked a leadoff walk to start the inning and stole second with one out. Pinch hitter Tommy Eng smoked a single to center as Rios moved to third. Braydon Gomes stepped up as a pinch hitter and lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Rios with the go-ahead run. Yax kept the inning alive with a single to center moving Eng to second. Jake Weimer entered the game to replace Slobodecki and he was rudely greeted by a double to left center scoring two more runs for a 7-4 lead. Adrian entered the game having outscored their opponents, 27-8, in the sixth inning. Adrian left the bases loaded in the sixth and Sombati was poised to get his first win of the season.
Trine scored once in the seventh as Luke Porter reached on a dropped fly ball and Jake Kendall had a sacrifice fly with one out. Trine put the go-ahead run at the plate but Ethan Prebynski lined out to second with runners on first and second. Sombati (1-2) tossed the final 3.1 innings and allowed three hits and one unearned run. Fischer and Yax both had multiple-hit games as it was Fischer's eighth of the season and the sixth for Yax.
The Bulldogs scored in each of the first four innings in game two en route to the 10-3 win. Adrian chased Jakeb Briscoe (0-5) lasted just 1.1 innings in the start allowing six hits and four earned runs. Jeremy Spalding did not have any more success replacing Briscoe. He went 1.2 innings and gave up five hits and four more earned runs. Rylie Robinson (6-0) did his usual thing on the mound tying Schmidt for the team lead in wins. Robinson got hit with a line drive off the bat of Prebynski for the final out of the fourth but remained in the game and threw his team-leading fourth complete game of the season. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs with a walk and four strikeouts needing just 80 pitches (60 strikes).
Adrian pounded out 16 hits in game two including five doubles and two triples. Eng went 2-for-3 with a triple and walk. Fischer had his second four-hit game of the season going 4-for-4 with his eighth double and scored two runs with his eighth stolen base. Dorow became just the second Bulldog this season with four RBI in a game going 3-for-5 with two doubles giving him 14 this season. Stefanski roped his sixth triple of the year and had a RBI. He also extended his hitting streak to eight games which is the second longest on the team this season. Dan Heatherly went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.