Michael Barnett's sixth-inning sacrifice fly gave the Hope College baseball team a 3-2 win at Adrian College on Saturday and a split of their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association series.
The Flying Dutchmen finished the regular season with a 24-16 overall record and a third-place 17-11 mark in MIAA play after becoming just the second team in the league to beat the MIAA champions twice in a series this season.
Hope heads into next week's MIAA Tournament as the third seed.
The Flying Dutchmen will open the double-elimination tournament with a Wednesday first-round game at second-seeded Kalamazoo. On Thursday, the tournament to determine the recipient of an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs will shift to Adrian for the duration.
Barnett broke a 2-2 tie with his one-out flyout. The junior from Saline, Michigan (Saline HS) plated junior Landon Brower of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian), who led off with a single and moved to third on a single from senior JP Batts of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake).
Hope tied the score with a two-run fifth. Freshman Drew Lunsford of Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead) and sophomore Jordon Fairchild of Muskegon, Michigan (Oakridge) delivered back-to-back RBI singles that brought in sophomore Jonathon Sojka of Glen Ellyn, Illinois (Glenbard West) senior Jack Twitty of Oakland Township, Michigan (Rochester Adams).
Winning pitcher Matt VanDyken of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland East) went the distance on the mound for the Flying Dutchmen. VanDyken scattered five hits and four strikeouts over seven innings.
In Game 1, Adrian won 6-5 on a walk off fielder's choice after the Bulldogs avoided a double play on a grounder to short.
Junior Danny Carrasco of Grandville, Michigan (Calvin Christian) and Lunsford each contributed RBIs during a four-run sixth that tied the score at 5-5.