Hiram College

Junior All-NCAC designated hitter Craig Dobos (Warren/Howland) finished a combined five-of-eight at the plate with two homeruns and four runs batted in as the Hiram College baseball team earned a two-game split against Thiel (Pa.) College today (Wednesday, Apr. 23) in a non-conference doubleheader at the Robert O. Fishel Field. The Terriers lost the first game, 16-5, but rallied to win the nightcap, 11-8. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]

In game one, Thiel (22-12) led 5-0 after two-and-a-half innings of play that included back-to-back homeruns, a solo and two-run shot, in the first inning. Hiram (8-17) evened the score with five runs in the bottom of the third including a two-run homer by Dobos, his first of the day and second of the season, tying the game at 5-5. The Tomcats regained the lead with an eight-run fourth inning that included a grand slam making the score 13-5. Both teams added a pair of runs in the seventh, but Thiel went on to win by the final of 15-7.

Dobos led the Terrier hitters finishing three-of-four at the plate with a run scored and two RBI. Junior outfielder Joe Trela (Lakewood) ended the game a perfect two-of-two with a pair of runs scored.

On the mound, four Hiram pitchers saw action as sophomore Jeff Papesh (Garfield Heights) got the start pitching two innings and allowing three runs on three hits and striking out four batters. Freshman Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) came on in the third and pitched one-and-a-third innings of relief, but was given the loss, dropping him to 0-1 for the season. He gave up seven runs on seven hits. Sophomore Tim Pratt (North Canton/Hoover) allowed three runs on three hits with three strikeouts in two and two-thirds innings while freshman Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brasheer) pitched the final inning giving up two runs on three hits and had three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, the Tomcats got on the board with two runs in the first inning that included a solo homerun to take an early 2-0 lead. Hiram answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 2-2. Thiel took the lead in the second with a two-run homerun, but the Terriers tallied four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-4 advantage. Hiram added a pair of runs on a two-run homer off the bat of Trela, his first of the season, to extend the lead to 8-4. Thiel later tied the game with a run in the fourth and three runs in the sixth making the score 8-8 after five-and-a-half innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Dobos connected on his second homerun of the day, another two-run homer and third of the season overall, and freshman infielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) added a solo shot, his third of the season, to give the Terriers an 11-8 lead. Hiram didn’t allow the Tomcats to score any more runs in the top of the seventh and went on to capture game two by the final of 11-8.

Hiram tallied12 hits as a team in the game and was led by sophomore catcher Matt Rinaldi (Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral) who finished a perfect four-of-four and scored two runs.Dobos and senior All-NCAC infielder Frank Liscio (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Port St. Lucie) each ended the game two-of-four overall. Dobos added a run scored and two RBI whileLiscio scored two runs and recorded a RBI.

Junior pitcher Jeremy Barchie (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon) started the game and pitched five innings allowing seven runs on eight hits. Senior Donny Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) came on in the sixth and got the win, improving him to 2-5 for the season. In two innings, he allowed one run on one hit.

Hiram is scheduled to host Lake Erie College tomorrow (Thursday, Apr. 24) in a non-conference single nine-inning game at Fishel Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.