Freshman pitcher Brandon Chesmar (Elyria/Amherst Steele) pitched a complete game shutout in game two of a non-conference doubleheader against Muskingum University to help the Terriers sweep the Fighting Muskies, 9-7 and 6-0, in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Hiram (2-2) rebounded from yesterday’s losses against Alvernia (Pa.) scoring eight runs after the first two innings against Muskingum (0-3) in game one. The Terriers scored three runs in the top of the first inning on a RBI double by junior All-NCAC catcher/infielder Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) and RBI base hits by junior infielder Mark Leone (Boardman) and sophomore infielder Trevor Foster(Warren/Champion). The Muskies answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to even the score, but Hiram regained control with a five-run second that was highlighted by a two-RBI double by Leone to make the score 8-3. Muskingum got two of the runs back in the bottom half of the frame to narrow the gap to 8-5. Hiram added a run in the fourth thanks to a RBI double by senior infielderShane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) with two outs to extend the lead to 9-5. Muskingum crossed the plate once in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, but that would be all the scoring for the Muskies as the Terriers hung on for the 9-7 victory.
Hiram tallied 13 hits in the game with five players each recording a pair of hits. Junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) went two-of-two with two runs scored. Jaksa, Foster, Leone and junior outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) all finished two-of-four. Jaksa also had a run scored and two RBI, while Foster added a pair of runs scored and two RBI and Leone finished with three RBI.
On the mound, junior Pat Rhodes (Girard) started the game and pitched six complete innings allowing seven runs on 12 hits and had one strikeout. Senior All-NCAC catcher/pitcher Tim Calhoun (Canfield) came on to pitch the seventh inning and got the save, his first of the season, giving up no runs or hits while striking out two batters.
In game two, Hiram grabbed the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first on a bases loaded double-play that allowed Bell to score from third base. The lead remained a run until the fourth inning when the Terriers crossed home plate twice thanks to a two-RBI single by Haidet with runners on second and third to make the score 3-0. Hiram then broke the game open in the fifth scoring three runs that included a two-RBI double by Calhoun to extend the margin to 6-0. Muskingum threatened to score in the top of the seventh with bases loaded, but with two outs. Following a base hit to load the bases, the Muskies would hit into the game-ending flyout as Hiram went on to claim the 6-0 shutout and the two-game sweep.
At the plate, six Terriers recorded base hits with Bell, Calhoun and Haidet leading the way. Bell finished one-of-three and scored two runs. Calhoun went one of two with a run scored and two RBI, while Haidet was one-of-three with two RBI.
Chesmar pitched all seven innings to get his first collegiate victory which was also a shutout allowing no runs on seven hits and struck out four hitters.
Hiram will play a single nine-inning game against Olivet (Mich.) College tomorrow (Tuesday, Mar. 11) in Ft. Myers, Fla. The first pitch is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.