STRUTHERS, OHIO — The Hiram College baseball team scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one to come away with a two-game split against The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg in a non-conference doubleheader at Cene Park in Struthers. The Terriers defeated the Bobcats, 11-10, in game one, but lost the nightcap, 10-9. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, the Terriers are now 6-23 overall and Pitt-Greensburg is now 9-17 overall for the season.
In the first game, Hiram took the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-RBI double by sophomore infielder Steve Dunn (Westlake) to make the score 2-0. Pitt-Greensburg then tallied eight unanswered runs with two scores in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth to lead 8-2. The Terriers narrowed the game in the bottom of the fifth on three separate scoring plays making the score 8-5. The Bobcats got some breathing room with two runs in the seventh to increase the lead to 10-5. Hiram then scored six runs in the bottom half of the inning that included a three-RBI double by freshman Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) with bases loaded and a RBI single by junior outfielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) that allowed the game-winning run to score and the final of 11-10.
Hiram recorded 13 hits in game one and had several players finish the game with two hits. Travis Richey led the Terrier offense going two-of-four at the plate with a run scored and four RBI.
On the mound, sophomore John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline) started the game and pitched four innings giving up seven runs on nine hits and had three strikeouts. Junior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched two-and-a-third innings allowing three runs on six hits and tallied two strikeouts. Junior Chris Wilson (Geneva) pitched the final two-thirds of an inning and got the win to improve to 1-2 for the season. He allowed no runs or hits and gave up just a walk.
In the nightcap, Pitt-Greensburg tallied a run in the top of the first and added two more in the second to lead 3-0. But Hiram evened the score at 3-3 with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Bobcats regained the lead with a six-run fourth, making the score 9-3. The Terriers again battled back to tie the game scoring two runs in the fifth and four more runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Three of Hiram’s runs in the seventh came on a bases loaded, bases clearing triple by junior infielder Andy Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local). Pitt-Greensburg tallied one run in the top of the eighth to take a 10-9 advantage. Hiram would have runners at every base in the bottom of the inning, but a double-play and a fly out would end the rally and give the Bobcats a 10-9 win.
Hiram recorded another strong showing at the plate racking up 17 hits and was led by sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes) who finished four-of-five with two runs scored and a RBI. Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher went three-of-four with a RBI. Sophomore outfielder/designated hitter Lance Townsend (Garrettsville) also had three hits, going three-of-five overall with a run scored.
Freshman Travis Richey would start game two, but would get the no decision, pitching four innings and allowing seven runs on nine hits while striking out five batters. Junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched the final four innings, but would suffer the loss and is now 0-1 for the season. He allowed one run on three hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram will play its next three contests on the road beginning with a non-conference doubleheader against Case tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 18) in University Circle. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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