Baseball team suffers two losses to Adrian, 10-2 and 7-0
OLIVET, Mich. – The Olivet College baseball team suffered two losses, 10-2 and 7-0, to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) rival Adrian College today at the Cutler Athletic Complex in Olivet.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first game with a run in the first and second innings. The Comets trimmed their deficit in half when they scored a run in the bottom half of the second. Senior Austin Clark (Ossineke/Alpena) led off the inning with a single, advanced to third on a double by freshman Drew Thompson (Canton/Plymouth) and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Joey Myers (Holt).
Adrian extended its lead to 9-1 with a five-run fourth inning and two-run fifth inning. Olivet got on the scoreboard for the final time in the sixth inning. Senior Tyler Olinske (Negaunee) was hit by a pitch, stole second and just under a throw to the plate on a single by sophomore Jonny Zawacki (Alpena). The Bulldogs capped the scoring with a two-out hit to drive in a run in the seventh.
The Comets had just five hits in the game, including two for Zawacki. Sophomore Jake Ball (Cadillac) started on the mound, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits over six innings. Senior Nick McCleary (Battle Creek/Harper Creek) tossed an inning of relief.
The second game was a pitcher's duel for the first three innings. Adrian finally broke through in the fourth inning when it pushed across four runs on three hits, including two home runs. The Bulldogs added another run in the top half of the fifth inning. Olivet left the bases loaded in the home half of the fifth. Adrian scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings for the final 7-0 margin.
The Comets recorded five hits in the second straight game, with sophomore Joel Peters (Auburn Hills/Avondale) collecting two. One of his hits was a double. Clark had the only other extra base hit, a double to start off the sixth inning. Junior Kyle Fisher (Vermontville/Maple Valley) was charged with the pitching loss, as he yielded six runs (five earned) on eight hits, while striking out six over six innings. Freshman Collin McCririe (Brighton) threw the seventh inning and gave the one run on a home run.
Olivet will host Rochester College for a non-conference, nine-inning game tomorrow at 3 p.m.