The Hiram College baseball team came out on the losing end of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader, 7-5 and 12-7, against Kenyon College at McCloskey Field in Gambier.
In game one, Kenyon (20-12, 7-7 NCAC) got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Hiram (12-20, 0-14 NCAC) took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second on a RBI ground out by sophomore Rob O’Toole (Brooklyn, N.Y./La Salle Academy) and a RBI single by senior Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) to make the score 2-1. The lead wouldn’t last long as the Lords responded scoring five runs in the bottom half of the second to regain the lead with a score of 6-2. The Terriers chipped away at the deficit with a run in the fourth on another RBI single by Sewolich and two more runs in the fifth on a two-RBI triple by sophomore Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) to pull to within a run, 6-5. Kenyon tacked on an insurance run in the sixth and held the Terriers to a scoreless top of the seventh to seal a 7-5 victory.
Hiram outhit Kenyon, 14-9, and had four players record multi-hit games. Junior Jim Jaksa(Chesterland/West Geauga) ended the game a perfect four-for-four and scored a run. Sewolich and sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) both went two-of-four with Sewolich adding a pair of RBI and DeAmicis scored a run. Segal finished the game two-of-three to go along with a run scored and two RBI.
On the mound, sophomore Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) pitched the entire game, but suffered the loss and is now 4-5 overall for the season. In six innings, he allowed seven runs on nine hits and had one strikeout.
In the nightcap, Hiram capitalized early scoring three runs in the top of the first inning on RBI base hits by junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield), Segal and a RBI fielder’s choice by DeAmicis. Kenyon crept to within a run scoring twice in the bottom of the inning to make the score 3-2. The Terriers then added a run in the second thanks to a solo homerun by Sewolich to increase the lead to 4-2. The Lord offense then struck for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take over the lead with a score of 6-4. Following a scoreless fifth, Hiram evened the game at 6-6 by crossing the plate twice on a two-RBI single by Calhoun. But Kenyon quickly regained control with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to lead 10-6. Hiram scored its final run in the eighth on a RBI single by Calhoun and the Lords added two more scores in their half of the inning to go on to post the 12-7 victory.
Hiram had 11 hits in game two with Calhoun posting a three-of-four effort to go along with a run scored and four RBI. Sewolich ended the game two-of-three with four runs scored and a RBI. Rounding out the multi-hitters was sophomore Mark Leone (Boardman) who recorded two hits in five attempts.
Sophomore J.T. Taylor (Niles) started on the hill for Hiram and pitched five innings allowing eight runs on 10 hits and struck out three batters. He was also credited with the loss and is now 3-5 overall for the season. Fellow sophomore Pat Rhodes (Girard) pitched three innings giving up four runs on eight hits and had one strikeout.
The doubleheader against the two teams that was scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 28) has already been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. No makeup date has been confirmed.