Hiram College
Junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) hit a second homerun in as many days with a two-run shot to conclude the four-game series against Allegheny (Pa.).

Junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) hit a second homerun in as many days with a two-run shot to conclude the four-game series against Allegheny (Pa.).

The Hiram College baseball team lost its final two games of a four-game series against Allegheny (Pa.) College, 8-3 and 11-3, in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Robert O. Fishel Field.

In the first game, Allegheny (13-5, 4-0 NCAC) led 3-0 after the first three innings of play scoring a run in the top of the second and two more runs in the third.  Hiram (9-12, 0-6 NCAC) evened the score with a three-run bottom of the fourth inning that included a RBI-single by junior George Blake (Parma) and a RBI-double by senior Lee Cancilla (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) making the score 3-3.  The game remained deadlocked until the top of the seventh when the Gators scored five runs to regain the lead 8-3, heading into the bottom of the inning.  Allegheny sealed the victory by getting the Terriers to hit into three consecutive outs for the 8-3 final.

Hiram tallied four hits in the game with Blake leading the way finishing two-of-three with a RBI.  Senior All-NCAC infielder Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) and Cancilla were the other Terrier players to record a base hit in the game.  Stimson also added a run scored and Cancilla had a RBI.

On the mound, senior Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) made his season debut and went six innings allowing eight runs, two earned, and struck out three batters.  Sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) came on to pitch the final inning in relief giving up no runs.

In game two, both teams traded a pair of runs in the first inning with Hiram’s scores coming on a two-RBI homerun by junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga).  It marked his second homerun in as many days.  Allegheny then got the offense going with seven answered runs with two scores in the top of the second, three in the third and two in the fourth to lead 9-2.  The Terriers scored what turned out to be their final run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI-double by Jaksa to make the score 9-3.  But the Gators went to add runs in the seventh and ninth innings en route to the 11-3 final and the doubleheader sweep.

The Terriers tallied eight hits in game two, led by Jaksa who finished two-of-four with a run scored and three RBI.  Senior Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) also recorded a pair of hits and finished two-of-three overall.  Four other Hiram players each recorded a base hit.

Freshman Evan Wutrick (Alliance/Marlington) started the game on the mound and pitched two and two-thirds innings allowing seven runs.  He was also given the loss and is now 2-1 overall for the season.  Sophomore Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) pitched three-and-a-third innings of relief giving up one run and had one strikeout.  Sophomore Pat Rhodes(Girard), junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield) and senior Eric Cameron (Akron/Green) each pitched an inning of relief.  Rhodes allowed one run scored and had two strikeouts, while Calhoun allowed no runs and Cameron gave up a run to go along with one strikeout.

Hiram is scheduled to travel to Wooster for a NCAC four-game series against The College of Wooster beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 13.  The first game is scheduled to begin at noon in Wooster.