The Hiram College baseball team lost a pair of games against Allegheny (Pa.) College this afternoon (Saturday, Apr. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Robert O. Fishel Field. The Terriers lost the first game, 19-6, and lost the nightcap, 19-3. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In the first game, Allegheny (8-13, 3-7 NCAC) broke a 0-0 tie with a seven-run third inning that included a pair of two-RBI homeruns to take a 7-0 lead. Hiram (6-13, 2-6 NCAC) cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning on a two-run shot by senior All-NCAC infielder Frank Liscio (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Port St. Lucie) narrowing the gap to 7-2. But the Gators took control of the game scoring five runs in the fourth increasing the margin to 12-2 and went on to add one run in the fifth and six in the seventh. The Terriers scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a two-run homer by freshman infielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview), his first of his collegiate career, and a run in the sixth on a throwing error. But it would not be enough as Allegheny cruised to the 19-6 victory.
Hiram tallied 11 total hits for the game and were led by Adkins and freshman infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) who each recorded two hits. Adkins ended the game two-of-three with a run scored and two RBI. Fincham went two-of-four and scored a run.
On the mound, senior Donny Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) started the game pitching three innings and suffered his third loss of the season, dropping him to 1-3 overall. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and struck out two batters. Freshman Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) pitched one inning of relief giving up five runs on three hits. JuniorJosh Kashmer (South Dayton, N.Y./Pine Valley) came on in the fifth allowing one run on one hit and had one strikeout. Freshman Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brasheer) pitched the final two innings allowing six runs on six hits and struck out three.
In the nightcap, Allegheny had a slim 2-1 lead after three innings of play. But a six-run third inning by the Gators that included a three-run homerun gave Allegheny a commanding 8-1 advantage. The Gators went to add four runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and six in the seventh. Hiram scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a RBI single by Liscio and a throwing error, but the Gators had the game wellin hand and went on to a 19-3 win.
At the plate, sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights), Liscio and Fincham led the Terriers with two hits each. Kovach and Liscio both finished two-of-three overall with Kovach scoring two runs and Liscio tallying a RBI. Fincham went two-of-four with a pair of runsscored.
On the hill, freshman Mitch Gant (Kent/Field) got the nod and was given his second loss of the season making him1-2 overall. In three innings, Gant allowed seven runs on seven hits and struck out three batters. Sophomore Tim Pratt (North Canton/Hoover) came on in the fourth and pitched two innings of relief giving up five runs on seven hits and had one strikeout. Junior Joe Trela (Lakewood) pitched the final two innings giving up seven runs on two hits and one strikeout.
Hiram is scheduled to host Allegheny tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 13) in a second NCAC doubleheader at Fishel Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.