Senior Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) recorded three hits to go along with two runs scored and four RBI to help lead the Hiram College baseball team past Thiel (Pa.) College, 10-6, ending a 10-game losing streak, in a non-conference single nine-inning game at Robert O. Fishel Field.
Thiel (17-13) scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning to grab the early lead, but Hiram (10-16) came right back in the bottom of the second with three runs on a two-RBI double by Sewolich and a RBI single by sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Terriers. The Tomcats answered in the third crossing the plate three times to regain the lead, 4-3. Hiram took the lead for good in the fifth with three runs on a RBI double by sophomore Mark Leone (Boardman), an RBI single by junior Shane Haidet(Alliance/Marlington) and a RBI triple by Sewolich putting the Terriers out front, 6-4. Hiram added to its lead with a four-run seventh that included RBI base hits by sophomore Rob O’Toole (Brooklyn, N.Y./La Salle Academy), senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference pitcher/outfielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) and Sewolich for a 10-4 margin. Thiel scored single runs in the eight and ninth innings that included a solo homerun in the ninth, but the Tomcats would not score any more runs as Hiram went on to post the 10-6 victory.
Offensively, Hiram recorded 18 hits with five players recording multi-hit efforts. Leone went four-of-five with three runs scored and a RBI. Sewolich, Haidet and Richey all recorded three hits. Sewolich finished three-of-five with the two runs scored and four RBI. Haidet went three-of-four to go along with a pair of runs scored and a RBI and Richey posted a three-of-five performance with a RBI. O’Toole ended the game two-of-four with a run scored and a RBI.
On the mound, senior Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) started the game, but would get a no decision pitching three innings allowing four runs on five hits. Sophomore J.T. Taylor (Niles) came on to pitch five innings of relief and got the win to improve to 3-3 overall for the season. In five innings, he gave up two runs on six hits. Junior Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) pitched the final inning allowing no runs or hits and struck out two batters.
Hiram will look to keep the momentum going when it hosts D’Youville (N.Y.) College in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, Apr. 21 at Fishel Field. It will be senior day with the first game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.