The Hiram College baseball team ended its Florida trip with a split against Kenyon College today (Friday, Mar. 14) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Ft. Pierce, Fla. The Terriers lost the first game, 10-2, and captured game two, 9-3. [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
With the split, the Terriers are now 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC. The Lords are 9-5 overall and 3-1 NCAC.
In the first game, Hiram jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a RBI single by senior infielder Frank Liscio (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Port St. Lucie) and a RBI groundout by junior outfielder Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge). Kenyon answered by scoring 10 unanswered runs tallying one run in the first, six in the second, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to cruise to the 10-2 final.
Four Terriers recorded hits with sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) and freshman infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) each scoring runs.
On the mound, sophomore Jeff Papesh (Garfield Heights) pitched the entire game, suffering his first loss of the season and is now 1-1 overall. In six innings, he allowed 10 runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Hiram scored two runs in the top of the first and added five runs in the second that included a three RBI triple by junior outfielder Craig Dobos (Warren/Howland)with bases loaded to give the Terriers a 7-0 lead. The Lords cut into the Hiram lead with a run in the third narrowing the gap to 7-1. Sophomore catcher Matt Rinaldi (Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral) hit a two-RBI triple in the top of the sixth padding the Hiram lead to 9-1. Kenyon tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 9-3, but that would be as close as the Lords would get as Hiram took a 9-3 victory.
Kovach, Dobos and Reifsnyder each recorded a pair of hits in the win. Dobos scored two runs in addition to his game-high three RBI and Kovach also scored a pair of runs.
On the mound, freshman Mitch Gant (Kent/Field) picked up his first win of the season (1-0 overall) pitching six innings allowing just two runs on six hits and striking out two batters. Sophomore Tim Pratt (North Canton/Hoover) pitched one inning of relief giving up one run on two hits with no strikeouts.
Hiram returns home this weekend and is scheduled to play a single nine-inning game against Thiel (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Mar. 19 in Greenville, Pa. The first pitch is slated for 3 p.m.