The Hiram College baseball team posted two convincing wins against non-conference opponent D’Youville (N.Y.) College, 14-0 and 18-2, in a doubleheader at Heuisinger Field in West Seneca, N.Y.
In game one, Hiram (9-15) scored early with a run in the top of the first inning on a RBI-single by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher Tim Calhoun (Canfield). The Terriers then went on to score 13 straight runs crossing the plate four times in the third and fourth innings, three runs in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth. Highlighting the offensive fleury was a pair of RBI-doubles by junior infielder Mark Leone (Boardman) and freshman Ty Walchanowicz (Garfield Heights) in the third, a solo homerun by junior outfielderJaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) in the fourth and a three-run homer by junior outfielderJeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./North Farmington) in the fifth as the Terriers would cruise to a 14-0 shutout.
Hiram tallied 16 hits in the game that included several players with multiple hits. Bell finished with a game-high three hits and was three-of-four overall. He also scored three runs and had a RBI. Calhoun went two-of-five with a pair of RBI. Senior All-NCAC infielder Jim Jaksa(Chesterland/West Geauga) and senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) both posted two-of-three efforts with Jaksa scoring two runs in addition to a RBI, while Haidet scored a run and drove in two runs. Sophomore infielder/designated hitter Trevor Foster(Warren/Champion) and junior infielder Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) both went two-of-four at the plate with Foster scoring two runs and a RBI and DeAmicis added a pair of runs scored. In addition, Segal ended the game one-of-three with two runs scored and three RBI.
On the mound, junior pitcher Pat Rhodes (Girard) pitched the entire game allowing no runs on just five hits and had one strikeout. He improves to 2-3 overall for the season and recorded his first shutout victory of the year.
In game two, D’Youville (1-14) jumped out to the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Hiram answered with a seven-run third inning that saw the Terriers send 12 batters to the plate and a series of RBI base hits, including a two-RBI double by Leone, that gave Hiram a 7-2 advantage. The seven runs were part of an 18-unanswered run streak as Hiram added four runs in the fifth, four runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh. The Terriers would go on to win by the final of 18-2 to complete the two-game sweep.
The Hiram bats stayed hot in the nightcap as the Terriers racked up 17 hits. Bell posted a second-straight game going three-of-four with three runs scored and a RBI. Segal went two-of-three with a pair of runs scored, two RBI and had three walks. DeAmicis and senior outfielder George Blake (Parma) also finished two-of-three. In addition, DeAmicis scored two runs and had a RBI, while Blake scored three runs and a RBI. Foster had two hits in four at-bats and also scored a run and two RBI. Leone rounded out the multi-hitters going two-of-five with a run scored and three RBI.
Junior J.T. Taylor (Niles) started on the mound in game two and pitched six innings allowing just the two runs on seven hits and had five strikeouts. Fellow junior Tanner Gilchrist(Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) pitched a perfect inning in relief allowing no runs or hits and no walks.
Hiram will return to the field tomorrow (Friday, Apr. 18) for a non-conference nine-inning game against Medaille (N.Y.) College in Buffalo, N.Y. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.