The Hiram College baseball team lost its second doubleheader in back-to-back days against Allegheny (Pa.) College, 19-1 and 10-2, in a North Coast Athletic Conference matchup in Meadville, Pa.
Hiram falls to 8-19 overall and 0-10 in the NCAC following today’s doubleheader and the Gators improve to 10-15 overall and 4-0 NCAC.
The Allegheny offense took advantage early and led 5-0 after two innings of play. The Gators blew the game open in the fourth with nine runs to increase their lead to 14-0. Hiram got on the board in the top of the fifth inning on a RBI single by junior infielder/pitcher Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) making the score 14-1. But Allegheny added three more scores in the bottom of the inning and two additional runs in the sixth to cruise to the 19-1 final.
Richey accounted for two of Hiram’s seven base hits in the game and finished two-of-four overall to go along with the lone RBI.
On the mound, four Terriers saw action with freshman J.T. Taylor (Niles) getting the start. Taylor pitched three and two-third innings allowing 11 runs on 10 hits and struck out two batters. He also suffered the loss and is now 1-1 overall for the season.
In game two, Allegheny tallied the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning, but Hiram scored a pair of runs in the second thanks to a two-RBI single by Richel that gave the Terriers a 2-1 edge. The lead didn’t last long as the Gators scored the equilizer in the bottom half of the inning on a solo homerun tying the game at 2-2. Allegheny reclaimed the lead with a run in the fourth and took control in the sixth with four runs for a 7-2 margin. The Gators went on to add three more runs in the seventh en route to the 10-2 victory.
Hiram totaled eight hits in the game with Richey and freshman infielder Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) both recording two hits. Richey ended up two-for-four with two RBI, while DeAmicis finished two-for-four with a run scored.
Senior pitcher John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline) pitched six innings, but would record the loss, dropping him to 1-4 for the season. He gave up seven runs, three earned, on 11 hits and posted one strikeout. Freshman Pat Rhodes (Girard) came on to pitch two innings of relief allowing three runs on two hits and had two strikeouts.
Hiram will host The College of Wooster in a NCAC four-game series beginning next Saturday, Apr. 14 at Robert O. Fishel Field. The first game of the first doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon.
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