GAMBIER, OHIO — The Hiram College baseball team ended a 15-game winless streak with a two-game split against Kenyon College today (Saturday, Apr. 10) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, the Terriers are now 4-21 overall and 1-11 in the NCAC. The Lords are now 8-13 overall and 5-7 NCAC.
In game one, Kenyon jumped out of the gate early scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Hiram narrowed the gap to 5-1 in the top of the second inning thanks to a RBI double by sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes). The Lords began to pull away with four runs in the bottom of the inning making the score 9-1. The Terriers scored their final run of the game in the third on a solo homerun by freshman outfielder Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius). Kenyon went on add a run in the third, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth to cruise to the 17-2 final.
Hiram recorded four hits in the game with Sewolich, Miller, sophomore infielder Steve Dunn (Westlake) and junior outfielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) each reaching base safely.
On the mound, freshman Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) started the game and pitched two innings allowing nine runs on 10 hits and struck out four batters. He would also be credited with the loss and is now 0-5 for the season. Junior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) and freshman Josh Weber (Lorain/Clearview) both pitched two innings of relief. Schaffer gave up three runs on three hits and had two strikeouts. Weber allowed five runs on six hits and had a strikeout.
In game two, Hiram scored the game’s first run in the top of the third inning to grab an early lead, but Kenyon answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to lead 2-1. The Terriers regained control with a five run fourth inning that included a two-RBI double by senior All-NCAC infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) and a three-run homer by Sewolich, his second homerun of the day and team-leading fourth of the season, making the score 6-2. Kenyon got one of those runs back in the fourth and both teams traded runs in the fifth to make the score 7-4. The Lords came back to tie the game at 7-7 with a three-run sixth, but Hiram took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the seventh for the 9-7 win.
Hiram totaled 12 hits in the second game and was led by Sewolich who finished three-of-five with a run scored and three RBI. Adkins finished the game two-of-four with two runs scored and a RBI. Travis Richey also recorded a pair of hits going two-of-four with a run scored and a RBI.
Freshman Mike LaLonde (Willowick/South) got the start at pitcher in the nightcap and pitched four innings allowing four runs on 10 hits and had three strikeouts. Junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched an inning of relief and gave up one run on no hits and struck out one batter. Junior Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) pitched the final two innings to grab the win and improve to 2-3 overall. He allowed two runs on four hits.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Buffalo, N.Y. for a non-conference doubleheader against D’Youville College on Thursday, Apr. 15. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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