In its first action since returning from Florida, the Hiram College baseball team fell to Thiel (Pa.) College, 9-4, in a non-conference single nine-inning game in Greenville, Pa.
Thiel (6-6) grabbed the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Hiram (3-7) scored all of its runs in the second and third innings with a run in the second on a RBI-sacrifice fly by senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) and three runs in the third thanks to a RBI-sacrifice fly by junior outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./North Farmington), a RBI-double by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference infielder/pitcher Tim Calhoun (Canfield) and a RBI-triple by sophomore infielder Trevor Foster (Warren/Champion) to give the Terriers a 4-2 lead. The Tomcats answered one of the Hiram runs with a run of their own in the bottom of the third to narrow the gap to 4-3. Thiel then took the lead with a four-run fourth inning that included a solo homerun to lead off the inning, and would later add a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to extend the margin to 9-4. Neither team would score any additional runs the rest of the way as the Tomcats went on to post the five-run victory.
Hiram recorded seven hits in the game with Foster being the only multi-hitter with two hits in three at-bats to go along with the RBI. Calhoun finished the game one-of-four with two runs scored and a RBI.
On the mound, six pitchers saw action for Hiram with junior Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) getting the start. Gilchrist pitched two innings allowing two runs on two hits and struck out two batters. Fellow junior Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) followed Gilchrist and pitched a pair of innings in relief, but would be credited with the loss after giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram will open NCAC play this weekend with a four-game series against Oberlin College beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 29. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.