The Hiram College baseball team lost both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader, 4-0 and 10-2, against Allegheny (Pa.) College at Robert O. Fishel Field.
In game one, Allegheny (11-5, 2-0 NCAC) led 3-0 after two innings of play scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and another in the second. The Gators added an insurance run in the seventh and held Hiram (9-10, 0-4 NCAC) scoreless for the game for the 4-0 victory.
Offensively, Hiram had six hits in the game and was led by the duo of junior Tim Calhoun(Canfield) and sophomore Mark Leone (Boardman) who both finished two-of-three at the plate. Senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) and junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) recorded the other two hits for the Terriers in the game.
On the mound, sophomore Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) pitched all seven innings, but suffered the loss and is now 3-3 overall for the season. He allowed four runs and struck out eight batters.
In the nightcap, Allegheny crossed homeplate twice in the top of the first inning, but Hiram got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the frame on a RBI single by Calhoun to make the score 2-1. The Gators went on to add a run in the second, two in the third and another run in the fourth to extend their lead to 6-1. Allegheny continued to pull away scoring two more runs in the seventh to make it an 8-1 ballgame. The Terriers scored what turned out to be their final run in the bottom of the eighth when Jaksa led off the inning with a solo homerun to narrow the gap to 8-2. Allegheny tallied the final runs of the game with a pair of scores in the ninth and cruised to the 10-2 victory.
Hiram posted six hits in the game with six different players each recording a base hit. Calhoun finished one-of-three with a RBI and Jaksa went one-of-four, including the run scored and RBI on the solo homerun.
Sophomore J.T. Taylor (Niles) started game two and pitched seven innings giving up eight runs and had three strikeouts. Fellow sophomore Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) pitched the final two innings in relief allowing two runs and posted two strikeouts.
Hiram returns to action tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 7) with a second NCAC doubleheader against Allegheny at Fishel Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.