By Jon Vigi
The baseball team defeated Adrian 8-7 in eight innings at Woodworth Field on Friday May 6.
Adrian, the league champion and the dominating force in MIAA baseball, was on a fifteen-game winning streak. Kalamazoo scored five runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead and led 7-3 going into the seventh inning.
Adrian rallied to score four runs in the top of the seventh, tying the score and sending the game to extra innings. The Hornets loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth before first year John Jakubik hit a walk-off single up the middle and drove home the game-winning run.
Junior Mike McCann was another top performer who had no problem getting on base with three hits on four at bats. Junior Drew Ordakowski was 3-for-5. First year Marc Zughaib had a double and two RBIs as well. Junior Tommy Carion got the start and pitched six solid innings, but senior Dave Oliphant earned the win in relief in his last career game at home.
Adrian won the second game of the doubleheader 8-3. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning and the Hornets never got closer than 4 runs. Kalamazoo outhit Adrian 10-7, but the Hornets made three costly errors and left 12 runners stranded on base.
Due to the planned Angell Field complex renovations, this game marked the end of an era for Kalamazoo College athletics. This game was the last athletic competition that will ever take place at the four-field complex, consisting of Angell Field, Mackenzie Field, the softball field and Woodworth Field.
The Hornets finished their season with a doubleheader at Adrian on Saturday May 7.