The Hiram College baseball team earned a split against Case for the second time in less than a week this afternoon (Wednesday, Apr. 9) in a non-conference doubleheader at the Robert O. Fishel Field. The Terriers rallied to win game one, 8-7, scoring three runs in the final inning, but lost a scoring marathon in the nightcap, 15-14. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
The first game, Case (7-17-1) tallied two runs in the top of the second to take an early 2-0 lead. Hiram (6-11) answered in the bottom half of the inning with a RBI single by sophomoreJustin Street (Warren/Howland) narrowing the gap to 2-1. The Terriers took the lead with three runs in the fifth thanks to a three-run homerun by junior All-NCAC designated hitter Craig Dobos (Warren/Howland) making the score 4-2. Hiram added another run in the sixth increasing the margin to 5-2, but the Spartans scored five runs in the top of the seventh taking a 7-5 lead. The Terriers evened the score at 7-7 on a two-RBI double by Street. With runners on second and third, freshman Cody Fincham (Windham) hit the game-winning RBI single allowing the runner at third to score and gave Hiram the 8-7 victory.
As a team, Hiram recorded 15 total hits and were led by sophomore Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) and Dobos who both finished three-of-four at the plate. Kovach added a run scored and a RBI. Dobos ended the game with a run scored and three RBI. Four other Terrier players each recorded two hits.
Sophomore pitcher Tim Pratt (North Canton/Hoover) pitched two-thirds of an inning, but it was good enough to get his first win of the season and improve to 1-0 overall. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out one batter. Sophomore Jeff Papesh (Garfield Heights) started the game and pitched six innings giving up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Freshman Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) also saw action pitching a third of an inning allowing four runs on two hits but no strikeouts.
In game two, Kovach belted back-to-back homeruns with a three-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the third, as Hiram and Case would be tied at 8-8 after three innings of play. The Spartans took the lead scoring four runs in the fourth and adding three more runs in the sixth to take a commanding 15-8 lead. The Terriers would make things interesting scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth including a two-run homerun by Street cutting the deficit to 15-14 heading into the final inning. The Hiram defense held Case scoreless in the top of the seventh and the Terriers had the tying run on second with two outs. But a ground out to the Spartan shortstop ended the rally and gave Case a 15-14 victory.
The Hiram bats remained hot in the second game as the team totalled 18 hits for the game. Kovach finished four-of-five to lead the team with three runs scored and four RBI. Doboshad a another strong showing in the second game finishing three-of-four with a pair of runs scored. Junior Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge) also recorded three hits and ended the game three-of-five overall with two runs scored and a RBI.
Six Terrier pitchers saw action in the game with freshman Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brasheer) suffering his second loss of the season dropping him to 0-2 overall. In an inning-and-a-third, he allowed four runs on three hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram is scheduled to resume North Coast Athletic Conference play this Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 12-13 with a two-day doubleheader series against Allegheny (Pa.) College at Fishel Field. The first pitch on both days is scheduled for 1 p.m.