After giving up four runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Hiram College baseball team rallied with three runs in the bottom of the frame which turned out to be the difference maker as the Terriers defeated Thiel (Pa.) College, 7-6, in a non-conference single nine-inning game at Robert O. Fishel Field in the home opener.
Hiram (11-15) grabbed the early lead with run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice flyout by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference infielder/pitcher Tim Calhoun (Canfield) with runners on second and third. The Terriers added a run in the third thanks to a RBI-single by junior infielder Mark Leone (Boardman) to extend the lead to 2-0. Thiel (12-20) got a run in the top of the fourth in cut the lead in half, 2-1. But Hiram would add runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth on a RBI-double by Leone and a RBI fielder’s choice by Calhoun to make the score 4-1. The Tomcats then took the lead in the seventh scoring four runs to move ahead, 5-4. The lead didn’t last long, however, as Hiram struck for three scores in the bottom of the inning that included a RBI-single by freshman infielder Ryan Fedor(Mantua/Crestwood). Thiel got one of the runs back in the top of the ninth and later had the tying run on base, but with two outs. Hiram got the Tomcats to hit into the game-ending flyout before the tying run could score giving the Terriers the 7-6 victory.
Hiram accounted for 13 hits in the game and had two players finish with three hits. Senior outfielder George Blake (Parma) went three-of-four and scored a run. Junior infielder Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) was the other Terrier to record three hits going three-of-five overall. In addition, Leone, Fedor and junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) all posted two-of-four efforts at the plate. Leone also had two RBI, while Fedor had a run scored and a RBI and Bell added a pair of runs scored.
On the mound, six players would see action with junior J.T. Taylor (Niles) getting the start and pitched three perfect innings allowing no runs, hits or walks. He would end up with a no decision as the win eventually went to junior Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) who pitched an inning of relief giving up four runs on three hits. Calhoun came on to pitch the ninth and would be credited with his fourth save of the season, tying the school single-season record, after allowing one run on two hits.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Alliance for a non-conference nine-inning game against the University of Mount Union tomorrow (Wednesday, Apr. 22). The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.