WINTER HAVEN, FLA. — The Hiram College baseball team defeated Juniata (Pa.) College, 7-4 and 17-6, today (Sunday, Mar. 6) in the season-opening doubleheader in Winter Haven, Fla. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the sweep, the Terriers open the season with a 2-0 overall record. Juniata begins its season at 0-2 overall.
In the first game, Juniata grabbed an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Hiram answered with two runs of its own in the bottom the inning on a fielding error that allowed two Terriers to score. Hiram took the lead with a four-run third inning with RBI hits from junior Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes), junior Steve Dunn (Westlake) and sophomore Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) as well as a RBI sacrifice fly by junior Lance Townsend (Garrettsville). Juniata narrowed the gap with two more runs in the fourth, but the Terriers padded their lead with a run in the bottom of the inning on a triple by senior Andy Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) and a throwing error allowing him to score and extend the lead to 7-4. Solid pitching down the stretch held Juniata scoreless the remainder of the game en route to the 7-4 victory.
Travis Richey led the Hiram bats going two-of-three at the plate and a RBI. Andy Richey and Dunn both scored a team-high two runs in addition to driving in a run each.
Sophomore pitcher Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) started the game and pitched three and two-thirds innings allowing four runs, three earned, with five strikeouts. Senior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brasheer) pitched three shutout innings of relief giving up no runs and no hits, while striking out four hitters. Senior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched the final third of an inning to claim the save, his first of the year, and tallied a strikeout.
In game two, the Hiram scored runs in all but two innings and wasted no time grabbing the lead with two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-RBI double by Dunn. Juniata cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the first making the score 2-1. The Terriers gained some breathing room with three runs in the third inning as Juniata tallied just one in the frame, incresing the margin to 5-2. Hiram blew the game open with a six-run fourth inning that included a two-run triple by junior Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake (Mich.)) making the score 11-2. The Terriers went on to score two more runs in the fifth, and four in the sixth that included a two-run homerun by sophomore Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius), his first of the season, to round out the scoring. Juniata tallied runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but Hiram already had the game in hand as the Terriers cruised to the 17-6 final.
Several Hiram players recorded multiple hits as the Terriers totaled 18 hits in the game to Juniata’s 12 hits. Miller led the attack, finishing a perfect five-for-five at the plate with five runs scored and two RBI. Senior Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) also scored five runs in the nightcap in addition to finishing two-of-four at the plate. Stimson ended the game with a team-high three RBI.
On the hill, Travis Richey got the start and pitched five innings to claim his first win of the season. He allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out four batters. Freshman Mike Gatta (McDonald) pitched the final two innings giving up two runs, one earned, in three hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram continues its “southern swing” tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 7) with a doubleheader against Northland (Wisc.) College. The first game is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
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