The Hiram College baseball team captured its third and fourth straight victories with a doubleheader sweep against the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg in non-conference action in Greensburg, Pa.
In game one, the two teams were deadlocked at 0-0 until the bottom of the third inning when Hiram (9-6) scored three runs on a wild pitch and back-to-back bases loaded walks by juniorsGeorge Blake (Parma) and Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) to grab a 3-0 lead. The Terriers maintained their lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when Pitt-Greensburg (1-9) scored on a double to pull to within 3-1. But the run would come with two outs and Hiram recorded the final out during the next at-bat to seal the 3-1 victory.
Hiram ended the game with six hits with two hits coming from both junior Jim Jaksa(Chesterland/West Geauga) and Tim Calhoun (Canfield). Jaksa went two-of-four and scored a run, while Calhoun finished two-for-three and a run scored.
On the mound, sophomore Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) pitched the entire game and picked up his third win of the season. In seven innings, he allowed the lone run on just two hits and struck out nine batters.
In the second game, Greensburg jumped out to the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. The lead didn’t last long as Hiram took control with a pair of runs in both the top of the second and third innings, highlighted by a solo homerun by Calhoun in the second, to make the score 4-1. The lead remained three runs until the seventh inning when the Terriers tacked on an insurance run with a bases loaded RBI fielder’s choice by sophomore Mark Leone(Boardman) as Hiram completed the two-game sweep winning by the final of 5-1.
The Terriers tallied six hits in the game and were led by Calhoun who finished a perfect three-for-three with a run scored and two RBI. Three other Hiram players each recorded a base hit in the win including Leone who was one-of-four with a run scored and two RBI.
Hiram posted another strong showing on the mound as freshman pitcher Evan Wutrick(Alliance/Marlington) got the start and pitched six innings giving up one run on four hits and had two strikeouts to claim the win. Sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) pitched the final inning in relief giving up no runs or hits while striking out two.
Hiram is scheduled to host Oberlin College in a four-game series in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener beginning on Friday, Mar. 29 at Robert O. Fishel Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.