The Hiram College baseball team dropped a pair of games today (Thursday, Mar. 13) against Kenyon College in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener in Ft. Pierce, Fla. TheTerriers lost a tough opening game, 3-1, and lost 11-1 in the nightcap. [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
Following today’s games, Hiram is now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC. Kenyon improve to 8-4 overall and 2-0 NCAC.
In game one, the game remained scoreless after four-and-a-half innings of play. The Lords broke the stalemate with a run in the bottom of the fifth to take a slim 1-0 advantage. Kenyon added a pair of runs in the sixth to increase the lead to 3-0 heading into the final inning. Hiram got on the board in the top of the seventh scoring a run on a bases loadedground out by freshman infielder Cody Fincham (Windham)to cut the deficit to 3-1. But the Kenyon pitching proved too strong ending a possible Terrier rally and pitched a combined no-hitter to claim a 3-1 victory.
Freshman infielder Andy Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) scored the only run for Hiramand Finchamtallied an RBI.
On the mound, senior Don Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) suffered his first loss of the season and is now 1-1 overall. He pitched the entire game allowing three runs on six hits and struck out three batters.
In game two, Kenyon scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings and then broke the game open with a seven-run fifth inning to take a commanding 11-0 lead. The Terriers scored a run in the top of the seventh on a RBI groundout by senior infielder Frank Liscio (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Port St. Lucie) allowing Fincham to score from third, but a fly out on the ensuing Hiram at-bat ended any further scoring and sealed an 11-1 victory for the Lords.
Fincham and junior outfielder Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge) each recorded two hits in the game to lead Hiram with Fincham also scoring the only run for the Terriers. Lisciofinished 0-for-4 at the plate, but did record a RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Jeremy Barchie (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon)was given the loss lasting four innings allowing six runs on eight hits and one strikeout. Freshman Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) came on in the fifth, but gave up three runs without recording an out leaving freshman Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) to finish the game giving up two runs on three hits and one strikeout.
Hiram will end its trip south tomorrow (Friday, Mar. 14) with another NCAC doubleheader against Kenyon College. The first game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.