The Hiram College baseball team split a pair of games today (Wednesday, Apr. 2) against Oberlin College in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Robert O. Fishel Field in Hiram. The Terriers lost the first game, 5-3, but rallied to capture game two, 5-4. [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
In game one, Oberlin (5-10, 1-1 NCAC) got on the board first with a run in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Hiram (4-7, 2-4 NCAC) answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Justin Street (Warren/Howland) to tie the game at 1-1. Following a pair of runs by the Yeomen in the fifth, the Terriers tied the game again with a pair of runs in the sixth with a RBI double by Street and a RBI groundout by junior outfielder Joe Trela (Lakewood) making the score, 3-3, heading into the final inning of play. But Oberlin recorded two runs in the top of the seventh and held Hiram scoreless in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-3 victory.
At the plate, six Hiram players recorded a hit with Street posting a team-best two RBI.
On the mound, senior Don Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) pitched six-and-a-third innings and was given the loss allowing five runs on six hits and striking out eight batters. Marshis now 1-2 overall following the loss. Sophomore Jeff Papesh (Garfield Heights) pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief allowing no runs or hits and recorded one strikeout.
In game two, Oberlin struck first with a run in the first inning, but a RBI single by junior outfielder Craig Dobos (Warren/Howland) in the bottom of the inning knotted the game at 1-1. The Yeomen regained control of the game with three runs in the second to take a 4-1 advantage. The Terriers cut into the Oberlin lead in the third on a RBI single by sophomore outfielder Matt Wilson (Ashtabula/Edgewood) narrowing the gap to 4-2. Oberlin looked to be headed for a possible two-game sweep, but a three-run Hiram sixth that included a RBI double by sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights), a RBI single by junior outfielder Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge) and run off of a wild pitch with runners on second and third, gave the Terriers a 5-4 lead. Hiram was able to record three consecutive outs in the Oberlin seventh to secure a 5-4 come-from-behind victory.
Kovach led the Hiram hitters finishing the game with a pair of hits (two-of-four overall) with a run scored and a RBI. Five other Terriers each recorded a hit in the win.
On the mound, freshman Mitch Gant (Kent/Field) started the game and pitched five innings giving up four runs on five hits and tallied five strikeouts. Junior Jeremy Barchie (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon) pitched two innings of relief and earned the win, improving to 1-2 for the season. He allowed no runs, no hits and no strikeouts.
Hiram returns to action on Saturday (Apr. 5) in a scheduled non-conference doubleheader against Case in University Circle. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.