The Hiram College baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader against Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) College, 8-1 and 13-5, as part of the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
In game one, Hiram (3-2) scored runs in the first four innings with one run in the first, three in the second and a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings. Highlighting the scoring was a pair of two-RBI doubles by seniorTorrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) in the second and third innings. Eastern Nazarene (2-4) scored its only run of the game in the top of the fifth on a defensive error, but the offense came a little too late for the Lions as the Terriers cruised to the 8-1 final.
Hiram totaled eight hits in the game and was led by Stimson and senior Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) with two hits each. Stimson finished two-for-three with a run scored and four RBI. Sewolich went a perfect two-for-two, including a triple, to go along with three runs scored.
At pitcher, sophomore J.T. Taylor (Niles) pitched a complete game in his first action of the season and got his first win of the year. In seven innings, he gave up five hits and struck out nine batters without giving up a walk.
In the nightcap, the Hiram bats stayed hot and the Terriers took advantage scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh inning that included a pair of two-RBI base hits by juniors Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) and Tim Calhoun (Canfield). ECU got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning, but Hiram went on to score a run in the second and five more runs in the third highlighted by a two-RBI double by Stimson and a two-RBI single by sophomore Mark Leone (Boardman) making the score 13-1. The Lions went on to score two runs in the bottom of the second and runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Hiram would again cruise a sizeable victory with the final of 13-5.
The Terriers posted 15 hits in the game with Jaksa leading the way going three-of-five with two runs scored and two RBI. Five other Hiram players each recorded a pair of hits in the win.
On the mound, freshman Evan Wutrick (Alliance/Marlington) made his collegiate debut pitching all seven innings and recorded his first win of the season. He allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out four.
Hiram will have its off day tomorrow, but will return to action on Thursday, Mar. 7 with a doubleheader against Finlandia (Mich.) University. The first game is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.