FT. MYERS, FLA. -- The Hiram College baseball team scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning, all with two outs, to beat Wilmington College, 4-3, in Ft. Myers, Fla.
With the win, the Terriers improve to 4-1 overall.
Hiram scored the game's first run in the top of the third inning on a bases loaded walk to grab the early lead. Wilmington tallied runs in the bottom of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 3-1 advantage. The deficit remained two heading into the final inning, but Hiram would load the bases early with only one out. Momentum looked to stall as the Terriers would record the second out with the sacks still full. Then freshman infielder Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) hit a soft infield hit that was thrown away by the Wilmington pitcher allowing two Hiram runs to score to even the game at 3-3. The very next batter, sophomore outfielder Mike Gatta (McDonald) hit a single to drive in another run before the Quakers got the final out, but Hiram would now take a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the inning. Wilmington began the inning with a strikeout, but would get the tying run on base with a single to center field. Hiram then got the Quakers to record the next two outs on a fielder's choice and a strikeout to cap the 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
Hiram had 12 hits at the plate with four players having multiple hits. DeAmicis, Gatta, senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference infielder Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) and sophomore catcher/outfielder George Blake (Parma) each finished the game with a pair of hits. D'Amicis, Gatta and Blake all finished two-of-four with Blake scoring a run and D'Amicis and Gatta both driving in runs. Stimson posted a two-for-five effort with a run scored.
On the mound, freshman Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) pitched a complete game to claim the win in his collegiate debut. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and had six strikeouts.
Hiram will be off tomorrow, but will resume the "Southern" schedule on Thursday (Mar. 8) when the Terriers play a doubleheader against Illinois College. The first game is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.