The Hiram College baseball team recorded back-to-back doubleheader sweeps and extended its current win streak to four games with a pair of victories against Findlandia (Mich.) University, 6-0 and 8-6, as part of the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
In game one, Hiram (5-2) scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning on a double steal that allowed junior Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) to score from third base. The Terriers added three more runs in the third that included a RBI double by junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) to increase the lead to 4-0. Hiram rounded out the scoring crossing the plate twice in the bottom of the six on a RBI triple by Haidet and a RBI sacrifice fly by senior Travis Richey(Petersburg/Springfield Local) as the Terriers completed the 6-0 shutout.
Six different Hiram players recorded a base hit in the win. Haidet led the offense finishing one-of-three with two runs scored and a RBI.
On the mound, sophomore Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) pitched the entire game and picked up his second win of the season to improve to 2-0. He also recorded his first shutout of the season allowing no runs on four hits and struck out eight hitters.
In the nightcap, Finlandia struck first with a run in the bottom of the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last long as Hiram put five runs on the board in the top of the second highlighted by a two-RBI single by senior Torrey Stimson(Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) with bases loaded to make the score 5-1. The Terriers added two more runs in the third on a RBI groundout by sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) and a RBI single by senior Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius). The Lions tallied the final runs of the game with two in the fifth and three in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-6 heading into the final inning. Following a scoreless top of the seventh by Hiram, Stimson came on to pitch and recorded two straight outs to begin the bottom half of the inning. Finlandia then hit a single to keep the possible rally alive, but the game would end on a groundout on the very next Lion at-bat, giving Hiram the 8-6 win and Stimson the save.
Hiram had 10 hits in the game led by the duo of Sewolich and Jaksa with a pair of hits each. Sewolich went two-of-three with a run scored and two RBI. Jaksa also finished two-of-three and added a RBI. Stimson and DeAmicis also recorded two RBI in the win.
On the hill, sophomore Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) started the game and pitched four and two-thirds innings to post his first victory of the season. He allowed three runs on nine hits and had two strikeouts. In addition to Gilchrist, juniorMike Gatta (McDonald) pitched an inning of relief and tallied a strikeout, while senior Eric Cameron (Akron/Green) pitched a third of an inning. Stimson finished the game to record his first save of the year giving up no runs on one hit and had one strikeout.
Hiram will take on Newbury (Mass.) College in a doubleheader tomorrow (Friday, Mar. 8). The first game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.