The Hiram College baseball team split a pair of games against Oberlin College today (Tuesday, Apr. 15) in a rescheduled North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Robert O. Fishel Field in Hiram. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In game one, Hiram (7-14, 3-7 NCAC) struck early with a run in the bottom of the first, but Oberlin (7-16, 3-5 NCAC) later tied the game at 1-1 with a run of its own in the second. The Terriers regained the lead in the third scoring four runs highlighted by a three-RBI double by junior All-NCAC designated hitter Craig Dobos (Warren/Howland). The Yeomen cut into the Hiram lead with a run in the fourth and scored three runs in the sixth. But the Terriers tallied two runs in the fifth and sixth innings including a two-run homerun by junior outfielder Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge) in the fifth, his first of the season, to secure a 9-5 victory.
At the plate, Reifsnyder led all hitters finishing a perfect three-of-three with a run scored and three RBI. Dobos ended the game two-of-three with three runs scored and three RBI.
On the mound, sophomore Jeff Papesh (Garfield Heights) got the start and the win to improve to 3-2 for the season. In six complete innings, he allowed five runs on seven hits and struck out three batters. Senior Donny Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) came on in the seventh and allowed no runs or hits and recorded one strikeout.
In the nightcap, Oberlin seemed to be in control leading 9-1 after four-and-a-half innings of play. Hiram rallied posting 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth that included a pair of three-run homeruns by sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) and freshman infielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview). It marked Kovach’s third homerun of the season and Adkins’ second in as many games. Kovach would also later hit a two-RBI double in the same inning. The Terriers entered the seventh inning with an 11-9 lead, but the Yeomen would not go away quietly and eventually took the lead scoring three runs putting Oberlin up 12-11. Hiram would look to rally one more time, but the Terriers hit into three consecutive outs giving Oberlin the 12-11 win.
As a team, Hiram recorded 12 hits in the game and was led by Kovach who went three-of-four with a run scored and five RBI. Adkins and sophomore catcher Justin Street (Warren/Howland) both tallied a pair of hits and finished two-of-four overall. Adkins also scored and pair of runs and drove in three runs while Street added a run scored.
Marsh made his second appearance of the day on the mound, but would suffer the loss dropping him to 1-4 for the season. In one-and-a-third innings, he allowed three runs on three hits and had one strikeout. Junior Jeremy Barchie (Moon, Twp./Moon) got the start and pitched three and two-thirds innings giving up nine runs on nine hits and struck out four batters. Sophomore Tim Pratt (North Canton/Hoover) pitched the other two innings giving up just one hit and had three strikeouts.
Hiram returns to action this weekend with a two-day NCAC doubleheader series against nationally-ranked The College of Wooster on Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 19-20 in Wooster. The first pitch on both days is scheduled for 1 p.m.