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Baseball Loses a Pair to Pitt-Greensburg

Sophomore outfielder/catcher George Blake (Parma) finished four-of-five at the plate with four RBI in first game of Pitt-Greensburg doubleheader.
Sophomore outfielder/catcher George Blake (Parma) finished four-of-five at the plate with four RBI in first game of Pitt-Greensburg doubleheader.

GREENSBURG, PA.  --  The Hiram College baseball team lost both games of a non-conference doubleheader against the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg in Greensburg, Pa.  The Terrier rally fell short in game one in an offensive marathon, 16-15, and Hiram was defeated, 10-3, in game two.

Following today's action, the Terriers are now 8-6 overall and the Bobcats improve to 8-8 overall for the season.

The first game featured an onslaught of base hits and runs with both teams posting a combined 35 hits and 31 runs scored.  Hiram trailed early 4-0 after two innings of play.  The Terriers cut into the lead with a run in the top of the third inning and crossed the plate four more times in the fourth highlighted by a two-RBI single by sophomore outfielder/catcher George Blake (Parma) giving Hiram a 5-4 lead.  But the Bobcats answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and looked to take control with five more runs in the fifth to lead 12-5.  Hiram rallied again with nine runs in the sixth that included a two-RBI single by freshman infielder Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) and a two-RBI double by Blake giving the Terriers a 14-12 advantage.  But the lead wouldn't last long as Greensburg responded again with four runs of its own in its half of the inning to pull ahead 16-14.  Hiram looked to rally one more time with a lead-off solo homerun by sophomore catcher/infielder Tim Calhoun (Canfield) in the seventh, cutting the deficit to a single run.  Following back-to-back outs, DeAmicis found his way on base with a single.  But the Terriers recorded the final out of the game on the ensuing at-bat as Greensburg held on for the 16-15 win.

Hiram was led at the plate by Blake who finished four-of-five with four RBI.  DeAmicis went three-of-five with two runs scored and two RBI.  Four other Terrier players each recorded two hits despite the loss.

On the mound, senior John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline) started the game, but would get a no decision pitching four-and-a-third innings allowing 11 runs on 12 hits and had three strikeouts.  Freshman Tre Carpenter (Akron/Kenmore) came on to pitch an inning and two-thirds, but would also get the loss dropping him to 0-1 for the season.  Carpenter gave up five runs on six hits with no strikeouts or walks.

In game two, Greensburg again jumped out early crossing the plate three times in the bottom of the first inning.  Hiram got on the board in the second thanks to a RBI single by DeAmicis to make the score 3-1.  The Bobcats answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning and added a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings to take a commanding 8-1 advantage.  The Terriers posted two runs in the top of the fifth on a RBI-double by Blake and a RBI-single by senior catcher/infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes).  Greensburg got the runs back in the bottom of the sixth and held Hiram scoreless the rest of the way as the Bobcats went on to claim the 10-3 win and the two-game sweep.

The Hiram hitting cooled off in game two with six hits to Greensburg's 19 hits.  Miller led the team with a two-for-four effort and a RBI. 

Freshman pitcher Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) started the second game, but would suffer the loss, dropping him to 1-2 for the season.  In four innings pitched, he allowed eight runs on 14 hits and had two strikeouts.  Fellow freshman J.T. Taylor (Niles) finished the game going two innings while allowing two runs on five hits and had a pair of strikeouts.

Hiram will travel to University Heights for a non-conference single nine-inning game against John Carroll University on Tuesday, Mar. 20.  The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.