The Hiram College baseball team came up short against Division I Wright State University, 9-6, tonight (Wednesday, Mar. 26) in a single nine-inning game at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 3-6 overall while the Raiders improve to 6-11 overall.
Hiram jumped out to an early lead thanks to a two-run homerun by senior All-NCAC third baseman Frank Liscio (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Port St. Lucie) in the top of the first. The Terriers added another run in the second inning on a RBI groundout by freshman infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) with bases loaded to take a 3-0 advantage. WSU tallied with a run in the bottom of the inning and a pair of runs in the third to tie the game at 3-3. Hiram regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-RBI single by junior All-NCAC designated hitter/outfielder Craig Dobos (Warren/Howland) and a RBI single by sophomore outfielder Matt Wilson (Ashtabula/Edgewood) giving the Terriers a 6-3 lead. The Raiders answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-5. WSU rallied to take the lead for good with a four-run eighth inning that included a pair of homeruns to go on to the 9-6 victory.
At the plate, Dobos led the way finishing three-of-five overall with a run scored and two RBI. Liscio, Wilson, Fincham and sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights)each tallied a pair of hits.
On the mound, four Hiram pitchers saw action. Senior Don Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) started the game and pitched three innings allowing three runs on five hits and had one strikeout. Freshman Mitch Gant (Kent/Field) pitched two innings allowing two runs on four hits and one strikeout. Sophomore Jeff Papesh (Garfield Heights) was given the loss and is 1-2 overall for the season. He pitched two-and-a-third innings giving up four runs on two hits and struck out two batters. Sophomore Jeremy Barchie (Moon, Twp./Moon)finished the game allowing one hit.
Hiram is scheduled to open North Coast Athletic Conference play this weekend with a two-day series against Oberlin College beginning on Saturday, Mar. 29 at the Robert O. Fishel Field in Hiram. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.