The Hiram College baseball team lost an 18-3 decision against the University of Mount Union in a non-conference single game in Alliance.
Mount Union (20-10) took control of the game right from the start scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning and added another run in the second to lead 6-0. Hiram (11-16) got on the board in the top of the third on a sacrifice flyout by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher/pitcherTim Calhoun (Canfield) to make the score 6-1. But the Purple Raiders answered the Terrier run with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to increase the margin to 8-1. Hiram went on to score a run in the fourth and fifth innings thanks to a pair of RBI-groundouts by senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) in the fourth and Calhoun in the fifth to narrow the gap to 8-3. Mount Union then broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning and added four more scores in the seventh to end the scoring and cruise to the 18-3 final.
Hiram had one player post a multi-hit game in junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) who went two-of-three and scored a run. Five other Terriers recorded a base hit despite the loss.
On the mound, sophomore Dequan Ward (Broadview Heights/North Royalton) got the start and was one of five pitchers to see playing time. Ward pitched a third of an inning allowing five runs and would suffer the loss, dropping him to 0-2 overall for the season.
Hiram will host its final NCAC series this weekend (Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 26-27) with a pair of doubleheaders against Kenyon College at Robert O. Fishel Field. The first game each day is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.