The Hiram College baseball team lost a pair of games against No. 9 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster this afternoon (Saturday, Apr. 19) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Art Murray Field in Wooster. The Terriers lost the first game, 16-5, and fell short in the nightcap, 9-3. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In the first game, Hiram (7-16, 3-9 NCAC) took an early lead scoring three runs in the top of the first inning highlighted by a two-RBI double by junior outfielder Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge). Wooster (29-5, 13-1 NCAC) answered with a solo homerun and a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3-3. The Terriers regained the lead with a run in the second making the score 4-3. But the Fighting Scots then scored 13 unanswered runs tallying four runs in the third, two in the fourth, five in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a commanding 16-4 advantage. Hiram scored its final run in the seventh on a fielding error, but the rally ended there as Wooster went on to win 16-5.
Hiram tallied five hits in the game and was led by freshman infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) who finished the game two-of-four. Sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) recorded a hit in his only at-bat and also scored a pair of runs.
On the mound, senior Don Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) was handed his fifth loss of the season and is now 1-5 overall. In four and two-thirds innings, he allowed 14 runs on 17 hits and had one strikeout. Junior Josh Kashmer (South Dayton, N.Y./Pine Valley) pitched the final inning-and-a-third giving up two runs on two hits.
In game two, Hiram again struck first, this time with a lead-off solo homerun by Fincham, his first collegiate homerun, to begin the game and gave the Terriers an early 1-0 lead. The Scots responded with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning to claim a 3-1 margin. Hiram tied the game at 3-3 in the second inning on a RBI double by freshman infielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) and a RBI triple by junior outfielder Joe Trela (Lakewood). Wooster crossed the plate four times in the bottom of the second to regain the lead, 7-3. The Scots scored the final two runs of the game in the fourth en route to the 9-3 final and the two-game sweep.
At the plate, Reifsnyder led the Hiram hitters posting a three-of-four performance including a run scored. Trela ended the game two-of-three to go along with the RBI. Finchamwent one-of-three with a run scored and a RBI.
Freshman pitcher Mitch Gant (Kent/Field) started the game and pitched one-and-a-third innings suffering his third loss of the season and dropping him to 1-3 overall. He allowed seven runs on seven hits and struck out one batter. Freshman Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) pitched two and two-thirds innings of relief giving up two runs on five hits and one strikeout. Freshman Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brasheer) pitched the final two innings allowing no runs and no hits and striking out three batters.
Hiram returns to action tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 20) with another NCAC doubleheader against Wooster. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Art Murray Field.