The Hiram College baseball team fell, 20-1 and 12-2, in the first of two North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheaders against The College of Wooster at Art Murray Field in Wooster.
In game one, Hiram (9-14, 0-8 NCAC) scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning on a solo homerun by senior All-NCAC infielder Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) to take the early lead. The run turned out to be the only score for the Terriers in the game as Wooster (17-7, 5-1 NCAC) responded with 20 unanswered runs with three in the bottom of the first, five runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings and two more runs in the sixth en route to the 20-1 final.
Hiram ended game one with seven hits and had two players record multi-hit games. Stimson finished two-of-three with a run scored and a RBI. Junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield) posted a two-for-two effort at the plate and three other players each recorded a base hit.
Sophomore pitcher Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) started on the mound for Hiram and pitched three innings, but suffered the loss and is now 3-4 overall for the season. In three innings, he allowed 12 runs on 12 hits and had four strikeouts. Sophomore Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) pitched three innings of relief and gave up eight runs on nine hits and had three strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Hiram again grabbed the early lead scoring a run in the top of the first inning thanks to a RBI single by junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga). But the Fighting Scots answered with seven unanswered runs on three in the bottom of the first, two in the second and two in the third, to lead 7-1. The Terriers crossed homeplate one more time in the fourth on a RBI single by junior Mike Gatta (McDonald) to make the score 7-2. Wooster put the game away with four runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh to go on to the 12-2 victory.
Leading the way for Hiram at the plate was Stimson and Gatta who both finished with a pair of hits. Stimson finished two-of-four, while Gatta ended the day two-of-three with a RBI.
Sophomore pitcher J.T. Taylor (Niles) started game two and pitched six innings allowing 11 runs on 12 hits and had two strikeouts. Sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) pitched the final third of an inning allowing one run on three hits.
Hiram will play another NCAC twinbill against Wooster tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 14) at Art Murray Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.