WOOSTER, OHIO — The Hiram College baseball team fell to The College of Wooster, 17-2 and 3-2, today (Sunday, Apr. 3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Wooster. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following today’s outcome, the Terriers drop to 8-10 overall and 0-6 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 12-9 overall and 6-2 NCAC.
In game one, Wooster led early scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Hiram cut into the deficit with a run in the fourth on a RBI single by junior Steve Dunn (Westlake), making the score 3-1. But the Scots answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the margin to 6-1. The Terriers tacked on another run in the top of the fifth by scoring on a throwing error, but Wooster again negated the Hiram run scoring three more times in the bottom of the inning to build a 9-2 advantage. The Scots then blew the game open with an eight-run sixth inning en route to cruising to the 17-2 final.
Dunn and sophomore Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) were the only two Hiram players to record hits in the game. Dunn also recorded a RBI, while Travis Richey also scored a run.
Sophomore pitcher Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) started the game and pitched four innings, but would suffer the loss and is now 2-2 overall. He allowed eight runs on eight hits and had two strikeouts. Senior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched an inning-and-a-third of relief giving up nine runs on six hits and tallied one strikeout. Freshman George Blake (Parma) finished the game allowing no hits or runs in two-thirds of an inning of work.
It would be a much closer game between the two teams in the nightcap, but it would be Wooster who struck first with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Hiram knotted the game at 1-1 with a score in the fourth thanks to a RBI single by junior Lance Townsend (Garrettsville) with bases loaded. Wooster regained the lead with two runs in the fifth for a 3-1 advantage. The Terriers got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth on a defensive error making the score 3-2. Hiram had one more chance to tie the game in the seventh, which started out with a leadoff double by sophomore Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius). Following two consecutive outs, junior Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes) hit a fly ball that looked to be headed to the outfield gap that would have allowed Sewolich to score and tie the game, but a diving catch by a Scot outfielder ended the game and a possible Terrier comeback.
Sewolich led the Hiram hitters with a pair of hits and finishing two-of-four overall. Townsend ended the game one-of-three to go along with the RBI and freshman Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) recorded the other hit for the Terriers and went one-of-two overall.
On the hill, Travis Richey pitched the entire game, but would be given the loss, dropping him to 2-3 overall for the season. He finished the game allowing three runs on seven hits and struck out two batters.
Hiram is scheduled to play against Case in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Apr. 6 at Cene Park in Struthers. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
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