The Hiram College baseball team lost a pair of games against Westminster College today (Sunday, Apr. 6) in a non-conference doubleheader in New Wilmington, Pa. The Terriers lost the first game, 3-1, and lost the nightcap, 11-1. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In the first game, Hiram (5-10) got on the board first in the top of the third inning on a fielders choice by sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) that allowed junior outfielder Joe Trela (Lakewood) to score from third. Westminster (11-7)answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Titans went on to tally runs in the fifth and sixth innings and held the Terriers scoreless for the remainder of the game en route to the 3-1 final.
Trela, junior outfielder Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge) and freshman infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) each recorded a hit for the Terriers. Trela also scored a run in addition to finishing one-of-two overall at the plate.
On the mound, senior Donny Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) started the game and pitched three innings giving up one run on three hits and had two strikeouts. Freshman Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brasheer) pitched an inning-and-a-third and was given the loss, dropping him to 0-1 for the season. He allowed one run on no hits and walked three batters. Sophomore Tim Pratt (North Canton/Hoover) pitched the final inning and two-thirds giving up one run on three hits with no walks or strikeouts.
In game two, Hiram fell behind early allowing four runs to score and giving Westminster an early 4-0 advantage. The Terriers cut into the deficit with a run in the third thanks to a RBI single by Reifsnyder making the score 4-1 after two-and-a-half innings. But the Titans then scored seven unanswered runs with two runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth to go on to the 11-1 victory.
Reifsnyder led the Hiram hitters posting a two-of-three performance at the plate including the RBI.
Freshman Mitch Gant (Kent/Field) started the game and suffered his first loss of the season, 1-1 overall, pitching three innings. He allowed six runs on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts.Junior Josh Kashmer (South Dayton, N.Y./Pine Valley)pitched one and two-thirds innings of relief giving up five runs on five hits with one strikeout. Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) came on in the fifth pitching the last inning-and-a-third allowing no runs or hits and striking out two batters.
Hiram will look to get back on track on Wednesday, Apr. 9 when it hosts Case in a non-conference doubleheader at Robert O. Fishel Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.