The Hiram College baseball team earned a two-game split in a doubleheader against Wabash (Ind.) College as part of the North Coast Athletic Conference “Crossover Weekend” at Robert O. Fishel Field. The Terriers played a pair of nine-inning games against the Little Giants and won the first game, 8-7, but fell in game two, 7-6 in 10 innings.
In game one, Wabash (15-21, 3-15 NCAC) took the early lead scoring a run in the top of the third inning. Hiram (15-23, 7-11 NCAC) moved ahead on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs on a RBI groundout by junior Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) and a RBI single by junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) making the score 2-1. But the Litttle Giants came right back and scored two runs of their own in the sixth go up by a run, 3-2. Wabash extended the lead with two more runs in the eighth, but Hiram answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, 6-5. Wabash crossed the plate twice in the top of the ninth to take a 7-6 advantage. The Terriers tallied the game-tying run on a bases loaded walk and later scored the game-winning run on a defensive error on a play at the plate to claim the 8-7 victory.
Offensively, Hiram had 14 hits with sophomore Mark Leone (Brunswick) and junior George Blake (Parma) leading the way. Leone posted a three-of-five effort at the plate, including a run scored. Blake also had three hits and went three-of-four overall and also scored a run. Eight other Terrier players each recorded a base hit in the win.
On the mound, sophomore Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) started the game, but would end up with a no decision, pitching seven innings allowing four runs on five hits and had three strikeouts. Sophomore Pat Rhodes (Girard) pitched an inning in relief giving up a run on two hits. Junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield) ended up with the win pitching an inning and allowing two runs on a hit. Calhoun recorded his first win of the season and is now 1-0 overall.
In the nightcap, Hiram scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-RBI single by Blake to grab the early 2-0 lead. The Terriers tacked on four more runs in the fourth that included a two-RBI single by Jaksa to increase the lead to 6-0. Wabash then began to make its move chipping away at the deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 6-2. The Little Giants later tied the game at 6-6 by crossing the plate four times in the eighth. Neither team would score in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings. Hiram began its half of the 10th inning with two quick outs, but a single by sophomore Jeff Segal(West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) kept the inning alive. Segal eventually got into scoring position on a wild pitch, but Wabash would get the Terriers to record the final out of the inning during the Terriers’ next at-bat keeping the game tied at 6-6. In the bottom half of the 10th, the Little Giants led off with a walk and the potential game-winning run advanced to third on back-to-back defensive outs. Wabash scored the runner from third on a defensive error to end the game and come away with the 7-6 win.
Hiram had 13 hits in game two with four players recording multi-hit games. Jaksa finished the game three-for-five to go along with a run scored and two RBI. Haidet and Segal both went two-of-five and Haidet also scored a run. Sophomore Rob O’Toole (Brooklyn, N.Y./La Salle Academy) rounded out the multi-hit efforts going two-of-four and scored a run.
Sophomore J.T. Taylor (Niles) started on the hill for the Terriers and went eight innings allowing six runs on 10 hits and struck out three batters. Rhodes came on to pitch the final inning and two-thirds giving up the lone run. He was also credited with the loss and is now 2-4 overall for the season.
Hiram will wrap-up the 2013 season tomorrow (Sunday, May 5) when the Terriers host the Little Giants in a single nine-inning game at Fishel Field. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.