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Sat Apr 06
Final
1 Allegheny
9 vs. #18 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 06
Final
7 Allegheny
8 vs. #18 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 11
Final
11 #11 Denison
2 at Marietta
in Marietta, Ohio
Sat Apr 13
Final
16 #11 Denison
6 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Apr 13
Final
11 #11 Denison
2 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Tue Apr 16
Final
4 Kenyon
7 vs. #8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 16
Final
9 Kenyon
12 vs. #8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 20
Final
3 #8 Denison
2 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Apr 20
Final - 8 innings
5 #8 Denison
15 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Tue Apr 23
Final
15 #7/9 Denison
6 at John Carroll
in University Heights, Ohio
Wed Apr 24
Final
2 #26 Heidelberg
8 vs. #7/9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 27
Final
9 #7/9 Denison
16 at #15 Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sat Apr 27
Final
5 #7/9 Denison
6 at #15 Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sun Apr 28
Final
7 Baldwin Wallace
9 vs. #7/9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Mon Apr 29
Final
3 Muskingum
13 vs. #7/9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed May 01
Final
13 #10/13 Denison
9 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Wed May 01
Final - 7 innings
18 #10/13 Denison
8 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Sat May 04
Final
7 Wabash
1 vs. #10/13 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun May 05
Final
0 Wabash
6 vs. #10/13 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu May 09
Final
4 Allegheny
5 vs. #16 Denison
@ VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Thu May 09
Final
3 #16 Denison
19 vs. #15 Wooster
@ VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Fri May 10
Final
0 Allegheny
7 vs. #16 Denison
@ VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Fri May 10
Final
5 #16 Denison
3 vs. #15 Wooster
@ VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 11
Final
5 #15 Wooster
7 vs. #16 Denison
@ VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Fri May 17
Final
0 La Roche
4 vs. Denison
@ Nicolay Field in Adrian, Mich. - NCAA Regional
Sat May 18
Final
2 Heidelberg
1 vs. Denison
@ Nicolay Field in Adrian, Mich. - NCAA Regional
Sat May 18
Final
3 Denison
5 at Adrian
in Adrian, Mich. - NCAA Regional
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Denison suffers season-ending loss to Adrian at NCAA Regional

Denison's season came to an end with a program-best 39-9 record.
Denison's season came to an end with a program-best 39-9 record.

Denison's incredible 2019 season came to an end on Saturday after a 5-3 loss to Adrian at the NCAA Division III Regional at Nicolay Field.  The Big Red end the year with a program-best record of 39-9.

After suffering a 2-1 loss to Heidelberg earlier in the day, the Big Red were forced into an elimination game, 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Heidelberg game.  Senior Danny Brackman took the ball for Denison and went 5.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits.  Pitching wasn't the problem for the Big Red on this night.  Brackman was sharp and so was NCAC Newcomer of the Year, Will McManaman, who entered in relief of Brackman.

Denison's inability to get the big hit is what sealed their fate.  The Big Red were just 2-for-13 (.154) with runners in scoring position.  They also left a season-high 17 runners on-bases.  Despite the uncharacteristic lack of clutch hitting, Denison's determination and grit was on full display.

A perfect example of that grit was sophomore second baseman, Anthony Ruggieri.  Mired in a 2-for-21 slump since the postseason began last week in Chillicothe, all Ruggieri did was go 5-for-5.  His final hit came with Denison down to its last strike, with two outs in the ninth.  Ruggieri's single was followed by a double to left-center by Max LahnGrady Paine swung and missed on strike three but the ball got away from Adrian catcher Gunner Rainey.  The ball squirted toward third base and Rainey had to throw a laser to get Paine in a bang-bang play at first base to end the game.

The Big Red had 11 hits in the game, led by Ruggieri's 5-for-5 night.  Ty Robinson was 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Adrian's Jesse Marks got the win in relief of starter Maxwell Denny.  Marks worked 2.0 innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out three.  Brandon Schulze earned his first save of the season in 2.2 innings of relief.  He scattered three hits and did not allow a run.

Adrian (37-8) will play Heidelberg (32-13) on Sunday in the regional championship.