The Hiram College baseball team lost both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Denison University, 19-0 and 13-7, as part of the NCAC Crossover Weekend in Granville.
In game one, Denison (20-18, 14-4 NCAC) took control right from the start scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Big Red offense didn’t let up adding four runs in the second, six in the third, two in the fourth and two in the fifth. One of the Denison runs in the fourth came via a solo homerun as the Big Red totaled 20 hits in the game and cruised to the 19-0 shutout.
Hiram (14-19, 7-11 NCAC) recorded three hits in the game with senior outfielder George Blake(Parma), junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) and sophomore designated hitter/infielder Trevor Foster (Warren/Champion) each having a base hit.
On the mound, junior J.T. Taylor (Niles) started the game, but was given the loss after going an inning-and-a-third allowing nine runs on eight hits and struck out one batter. He is now 3-5 overall for the season. Junior Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) pitched an inning and two-thirds in relief giving up six runs on seven hits and had one strikeout. Freshman Clayton Torok (Kirtland) pitched the final five innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits and struck out four batters.
In game two, Denison grabbed the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Hiram went on to score back-to-back runs in the top of the second and third innings on RBI-base hits by freshman infielder Ryan Fedor (Mantua/Crestwood) and All-NCAC infielder Jim Jaksa(Chesterland/West Geauga) to lead 2-1. The Big Red took the lead in the fifth with three runs, but the Terriers rallied again with a four-run top of the sixth inning that included a two-RBI single by junior outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./North Farmington) putting Hiram back on top, 6-4. The lead didn’t last long, however, as Denison responded by crossing home plate five times in the bottom half of the frame to resume control, 9-6. Hiram got one of the runs back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly-out by junior infielder Mark Leone (Boardman), but that would be all the scoring for the Terriers as Denison added a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings en route to the 13-7 final.
Hiram was paced by Segal who finished with three hits in five at-bats in addition to driving in two runs. Two other Terriers had multi-hit games in Foster who went two-of-five with a pair of runs scored and senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) was two-of-three and scored a run.
At pitcher, four players would see action with freshman Brandon Chesmar (Elyria/Amherst Steele) getting the start and went five complete innings allowing five runs on 10 hits and struck out a pair of batters in a no decision. Junior Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) replaced Chesmar and pitched a third of an inning giving up four runs on two hits. He would end up the pitcher of record and falls to 3-2 overall for the season.
Hiram and Denison will meet again tomorrow (Sunday, May 4) for the final game of the NCAC Crossover Weekend in a single, nine-inning contest. The first pitched is scheduled for 1 p.m.