WOOSTER, OHIO — The Hiram College baseball team lost a pair of games against The College of Wooster today (Sunday, Apr. 25) in the final North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader of the season at Art Murray Field in Wooster. The Terriers lost the first game, 18-4, and lost the second game, 5-1, in six innings. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the losses, Hiram is now 6-29 overall and 1-15 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 31-7 overall and 13-3 NCAC.
In game one, Wooster took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Hiram tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second on a RBI single by freshman pitcher/infielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local). The Scots took control of the game with six runs in the bottom of the inning as part of a 13-run scoring spree as Wooster added four runs in the third and three in the fourth to lead 14-1. The Terriers added two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run homerun by sophomore outfielder Lance Townsend (Garrettsville), his third homerun of the season, making the score 14-3. But Wooster answered by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to 18-3. Hiram scored the final run of the game in the seventh on a RBI single by sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes), but the Scots would cruise to an 18-4 final.
Hiram recorded seven hits in the game with seven different Terriers each reaching base safely with a base hit. Townsend ended the game one-of-two at the plate with a two runs scored and two RBI. Travis Richey also finished one-of-two and had a RBI.
Sophomore pitcher John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline) started the first game and pitched one and two-thirds innings allowing seven runs on five hits. He was credited with the loss and is now 0-5 for the season. Junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched two-and-a-third innings of relief giving up seven runs on nine hits. Junior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched the final two innings allowing four runs on eight hits and struck out four batters.
In game two, Wooster led 5-0 after two innings of play scoring four runs in the first and another in the second. Hiram tallied its only run in the fourth on a defensive error that allowed freshman outfielder Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) to score, narrowing the gap to 5-1. The score remained 5-1 after six innings when the game would be delayed due to heavy rain. The game would later be called because of the conditions resulting in a 5-1 victory for the Scots.
Hiram totaled three hits with Sewolich, senior All-NCAC catcher Justin Street (Warren/Howland) and senior All-NCAC infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) each recording a base hit. Sewolich also added the run scored.
Travis Richey pitched all five-and-a-third innings, but would suffer his sixth loss of the season to fall to 0-6 overall. He allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out two batters.
Hiram is scheduled to host Westminster (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Apr. 28 in a non-conference doubleheader and season finale. It will also be senior day with the first game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Robert O. Fishel Field.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.