ALLIANCE, OHIO — The Hiram College baseball team posted a 9-8 victory against non-conference opponent University of Mount Union on Tuesday, Mar. 29 in a single nine-inning game at 23rd Street Field in Alliance. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 7-8 overall and snapped a five-game winless streak. The Purple Raiders fall to 4-9 overall for the season.
Hiram got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning thanks to a two-RBI base hit by senior Andy Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) and then added another run in the third on a RBI single by senior Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) to give the Terriers a 3-0 edge. Mount Union erased the deficit with a three-run third evening the score at 3-3. But Hiram regained the lead with a RBI sacrifice fly by Andy Richey in the fourth and a pair of RBI doubles by Adkins and junior Steve Dunn (Westlake) in the fifth. The Purple Raiders answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth to narrow the gap to 6-4. Hiram gained some breathing room with a run in the seventh on another RBI base hit by Dunn extending the lead back to three runs at 7-4. But Mount Union again rallied and erased the Terrier lead scoring two runs in its half of the seventh and another run in the eighth to tie the game at 7-7. Hiram began the ninth inning with a lead-off walk which was followed by a RBI double by Adkins, who also advanced to third on the play, to give the Terriers a one-run edge. Two at-bats later, sophomore Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) would allow what would turn out to be the game-winning run to score on a sacrifice fly, resulting in a 9-7 lead. The Purple Raiders made things interesting by scoring a run in the bottom of the inning with two outs, but could not score the equalizer as Hiram went to claim a 9-8 victory.
Hiram tallied 13 hits in the game and had a trio of players each post three hits. Dunn went a perfect three-of-three with two runs scored and two RBI. Adkins ended the game three-of-five with two runs scored and a game-tying high three RBI. Junior Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake (Mich.)) finished three-of-four with a game-high four runs scored. In addition, Andy Richey recorded a two-of-two effort at the plate to go along with a game-tying high three RBI.
On the mound, four Terriers saw playing time, but it would be Stimson who would end up being the pitcher of record and claimed his first win of the season. He pitched the final two innings allowing two runs on three hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram will travel to New Wilmington, Pa. for a non-conference doubleheader against Westminster College on Wednesday (Mar. 30). The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.