The Hiram College baseball team combined with Olivet (Mich.) College to score 33 runs, but the Terriers would come out on the losing end of a 22-11 matchup in a single nine-inning game in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Olivet (2-3) took the early lead scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Both teams traded runs in the third with Hiram’s (2-3) score coming on a RBI single by junior outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) to make the score 4-1. The Terriers pulled to within a run by crossing the plate twice in the top of the fourth thanks to a RBI single by senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) and a fielder’s choice by junior infielder Ron DeAmicis(Austintown/Fitch) later in the inning. But the Comets blew the game open with 10 runs in the fifth and added three more runs in the sixth to take a commanding 17-3 lead. Hiram tallied a run in the seven thanks to a RBI groundout by All-North Coast Athletic Conference infielder Jim Jaksa(Chesterland/West Geauga) with a runner on third base. Olivet answered the run with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to extend the margin to 20-4. Hiram looked to make a possible rally in the eight with seven runs, but the Comets would score twice in their half of the inning to round out the scoring and go on to post the 22-11 victory.
Hiram totaled 16 hits in the came, but would commit seven errors defensively. The Terriers were led by junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) who finished four-of-five with a pair of runs scored. Segal, Haidet and senior All-NCAC infielder Tim Calhoun (Canfield) also recorded multi-hit games. Segal went two-of-three with two runs scored and a RBI. Haident and Calhoun both finished two-of-four with Haidet scoring twice and driving in a run, while Calhoun added a run scored.
On the mound, six players saw playing time with junior Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) getting the start. Gilchrist pitched three innings allowing four runs on 10 hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram will have the day off on Wednesday, but will resume its “southern swing” with a doubleheader against Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) University on Thursday, Mar. 13. The first game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Ft. Myers, Fla.