HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College baseball team was defeated by Westminster (Pa.) College, 7-5 and 13-10, in a non-conference doubleheader and season finale today (Wednesday, Apr. 28) at Robert O. Fishel Field on senior day. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following today’s games, the Terriers end the season with a 6-31 overall record. The Titans improve to 11-20 overall for the season.
In game one, Westminster struck first scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. But Hiram answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homerun by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher Justin Street (Warren/Howland), his second homerun of the season, to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Titans added another run in the second to extend their lead to 4-2. Hiram then evened the score at 4-4 with two runs thanks to a solo homer by freshman outfielder Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius), his team-leading fourth of the season, and a RBI double by junior outfielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview). Westminster regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning and Hiram tallied one run in the sixth on a RBI single by sophomore infielder Steve Dunn (Westlake). But it would not be enough as the Titans went on to capture game one by the final of 7-5.
Hiram was led at the plate by Adkins who finished two-of-three with a run scored and a RBI. Five other Terriers each recorded a base hit despite the loss.
On the mound, junior Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) started the game and pitched an inning allowing three runs on three hits. Junior Chris Wilson (Geneva) came on to pitch three-and-a-third innings of relief, but suffered his fourth loss of the season, dropping him to 1-4 overall. He allowed four runs on four hits and had two strikeouts. Fellow junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched the final two and two-thirds innings giving up just one hit and struck out three batters.
In the nightcap, both teams would be tied at 2-2 after the first inning of play with Hiram’s runs coming on a two-run homerun by sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes), his second of the season. The Terriers took the lead thanks to a three-run second inning highlighted by a two-RBI single by freshman pitcher/infielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local), making the score 5-2. Westminster answered by scoring six runs in the top of the third, that included a grand slam, and added two more runs in the fourth to lead 10-5. Hiram got to within 10-8 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth that included a two-RBI single by Miller with bases loaded. The Titans got some breathing room with a run in the sixth, but the Terriers crossed the plate twice in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-RBI single by Dunn to pull to within a run at 11-10. Westminster scored two insurance runs in the seventh, that included a lead-off solo homerun, and hung on for a 13-10 victory.
Hiram totaled 10 hits in game two and was led by junior infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) who finished a perfect two-of-two with three runs scored and a RBI. Miller also ended the game with a pair of hits and went two-of-three overall with one run scored and four RBI. Travis Richey went one-of-two with three runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman Mike LaLonde (Willowick/South) started at pitcher in the nightcap and went two-and-third innings, but was given the loss and ends the season with a 1-2 overall record. He allowed seven runs on six hits and struck out four batters. Freshman Josh Weber (Lorain/Clearview) came on in the third inning and pitched an inning of relief giving up three runs on four hits. Travis Richey pitched the final three and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs on four hits and had two strikeouts.
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