The Hiram College baseball team fell twice to The College of Wooster, 9-1 and 13-2, in the second and final North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader of the weekend at Art Murray Field in Wooster.
Hiram (9-16, 0-10 NCAC) grabbed the early lead in game one scoring a run in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by juniorTim Calhoun (Canfield). Wooster (19-7, 7-1 NCAC) answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. The two runs by the Fighting Scots turned out to be part of nine unanswered runs as Wooster added four runs in the third on a grand slam and three more in the fifth en route to the 9-1 victory.
Hiram posted five hits in the game led by Calhoun who finished a perfect two-of-two with a RBI. Junior Jim Jaksa(Chesterland/West Geauga), senior All-NCAC outfielder/pitcher Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) and sophomore Rob O’Toole (Brooklyn, N.Y./La Salle Academy) each recorded a base hit.
At pitcher, senior Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) got the start and went three innings allowing six runs on three hits and had two strikeouts. He was also credited with the loss and is now 0-2 overall for the season. Freshman Evan Wutrick(Alliance/Marlington) pitched the final three innings in relief and gave up three runs, none earned, on two hits and struck out two batters.
In game two, Hiram again grabbed the early lead scoring a run in the top of the second inning thanks to a RBI double by Richey. But Wooster rallied to cross the plate five times in its half of the inning to take over the lead with a score of 5-1. The Scots increased their lead with a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to make the score 13-1. The Terriers added a run in the seventh on a run-scoring defensive error, but the possible rally ended there as the Scots went on to claim a 13-2 win and the two-game sweep.
Hiram was led at the plate by Richey who finished two-of-three with a RBI. Four other Terrier players each recorded a base hit in the game.
On the mound, sophomore Pat Rhodes (Girard) got the nod and pitched five innings allowing 10 runs on 12 hits and struck out three batters. Rhodes also suffered the loss and is now 1-3 overall for the season. Fellow sophomore Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) came on in relief and pitched one inning and gave up three runs on two hits.
Hiram is scheduled to host D’Youville (N.Y.) College on Sunday, Apr. 21 at Robert O. Fishel Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.