WINTER HAVEN, FLA — The Hiram College baseball team suffered a pair of losses against Northland (Wisc.) College, 9-8 and 20-7, today (Monday, Mar. 7) in Winter Haven, Fla. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following today’s games, the Terriers are now 2-2 overall for the season.
In game one, Hiram took an early lead scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by junior Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes) and junior Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake (Mich.)) and then added another run in the third to lead 3-0. But the lead wouldn’t last long as Northland crossed the plate three times in the bottom of the third to even the score at 3-3. Both teams scored runs in the fourth and the Terriers tallied to more runs in the fifth to take a 6-4 advantage. The Lumberjacks answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to swim momentum back to Northland with a 7-6 margin. Northland gained some breathing room with two runs in the sixth and increased the deficit to 9-6 heading into the final inning. Hiram edged closer with its first run in its final appearance at the plate on a RBI single by sophomore Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local). The Terriers scored again later in the inning on a fielding error to pull to within a run, 9-8. Hiram looked to tie the game, or possibly take the lead, with bases loaded and one out, but back-to-back outs ended the possible comeback and gave Northland a 9-8 victory.
Hiram recorded 11 hits in game one and was led by junior Steve Dunn (Westlake) who finished four-of-four overall with a run scored and a RBI. Travis Richey also posted a multi-hit game going two-of-four to go along with a team-high two RBIs. Five other Terriers would each record a hit despite the loss.
Senior pitcher Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) got the start and pitched four and two-thirds innings, but suffered the loss dropping him to 0-1 for the season. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits and had one strikeout. Senior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched the final inning-and-a-third giving up two runs on two hits.
In the second game, the Hiram defense struggled as Northland tallied runs in every inning including five runs in the first inning and two in the second to take a commanding 7-0 lead early. The Terriers got on the board in the bottom of the second with two runs on a RBI single by freshman Jamie Vaughn (West Chester/Bishop Fenwick) and a RBI fielder’s choice by sophomore Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) making the score 7-2. But the Lumberjacks would go on to add two runs in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth, five in the sixth and another run in the seventh. Hiram also scored a run in the third, two in the fourth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh, but it would not be enough as Northland cruised to a 20-7 win.
At the plate, two Hiram players finished with two hits, led by Sewolich who went two-of-four and a team-high two RBIs. Senior Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) finished two-of-five with a run scored and a RBI.
On the mound, five players would see action with junior John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline) getting the start. He suffered his first loss of the season after going one and two-thirds innings giving up seven runs on four hits and struck out two batters.
Hiram will return to action tomorrow (Tuesday, Mar. 8) with a nine-inning single game against Lesley (Mass.) University in Winter Haven, Fla. The first pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.