The Hiram College baseball team captured victories in both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Kenyon College, 5-4 and 8-7, on a pair of walk-off base hits in the final inning of both games on senior day at Robert O. Fishel Field.
In game one, Kenyon (11-24, 2-15 NCAC) took the early lead with a solo homerun in the top of the second inning and added two more runs in the third to lead 3-0 after three innings of play. Hiram (14-17, 7-9 NCAC) then moved ahead on the scoreboard scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to RBI-base hits by freshman infielder Ryan Fedor (Mantua/Crestwood), junior outfielder Jeff Segal(West Bloomfield, Mich./North Farmington) and a RBI-double by sophomore infielder/designated hitterTrevor Foster (Warren/Champion). The other Terrier run came via a defensive error on the Foster double. Hiram maintained its one-run lead heading into the top of the seventh, but Kenyon would tally the equalizer in the top of the frame on a double with two outs. But the Terriers would get the final at-bats of regulation and led off their seventh inning with a single by junior outfielder Jaren Bell(Rochester, N.Y./Brighton). Following a sacrifice bunt by Segal to get Bell into scoring position, Bell advanced to third on a wild pitch during the next Hiram at-bat. After allowing the save to slip away in the top-half of the inning, senior All-NCAC infielder/pitcher Tim Calhoun (Canfield) made up for it by delivering the game-winning base hit through the left side of the infield allowing Bell to score from third which gave Hiram the 5-4 victory.
Hiram was outhit by Kenyon in game one, 10-6, and had one player with multiple hits in Foster who finished two-of-three to go along with a RBI.
On the hill, junior Pat Rhodes (Girard) started for Hiram and pitched six complete innings allowing three runs on nine hits and struck out two batters. Calhoun would come on in the seventh and gave up one run on one hit and had two strikeouts. He would also end up with the win, his first of the season.
In the nightcap, Kenyon again took the early lead with a run in the top of the second inning, but Hiram rallied in the bottom half of the inning scoring two runs on a two-RBI single by Mark Leone(Boardman) to make the score 2-1. The Lords quickly regained the lead in the third thanks to a two-run homerun, but Hiram rallied again in its third on a defensive error with bases loaded, knotting the game at 3-3. The Terriers then took the lead with three unanswered runs including one in the fourth and two in the fifth to lead 6-3. Both teams traded runs in the eighth inning, allowing Hiram to maintain its three-run lead, 7-4, heading into the seventh. In a repeat of game one, Kenyon would not go quietly and fought back to tie the game, this time scoring three runs to make it a 7-7 game. Hiram again went into its half of the seventh with the score even and began the inning with a walk by senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington). The Terriers moved Haidet into scoring position with a sac bunt and then freshman Brandon Chesmar (Elyria/Amherst Steele) came on to pinch hit. Chesmar made the most of the opportunity finding a gap in the right side of the Kenyon defense which allowed Haidet to score from second, giving the Terriers their second-straight walk-off victory.
Hiram ended game two with 11 hits and had two multi-hitters. Foster recorded a game-tying high four hits in five at-bats to go along with two runs scored and a RBI. Leone ended the game two-of-five in addition to a run scored and two RBI. Five other players each had a hit in the win.
Junior Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) started the game at pitcher and went two innings allowing one run on three hits and had a strikeout in only his second start of the season. JuniorTanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) pitched five solid innings in relief giving up three runs on seven hits and had one strikeout. Junior Ron DeAmicis (Austintow/Fitch) pitched an inning in relief surrendering no runs and just one hit. Calhoun came on to pitch the final inning and ended up the pitcher of record, allowing three runs, none earned, on two hits. He improved to 2-0 for the season with the win.
Hiram is scheduled to host Baldwin Wallace University in a non-conference single game on Tuesday, Apr. 29 at Robert O. Fishel Field in the regular-season home finale. The first pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.