GREENVILLE, PA. -- The Hiram College baseball team fell to Thiel (Pa.) College, 20-6, in a non-conference single nine-inning game in Greenville, Pa.
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 8-7 overall, while the Tomcats improve to 6-6 overall for the season.
Hiram looked to make an early move scoring three runs in the top of the first inning on a base-clearing double by freshman outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) with bases loaded to give the Terriers a 3-0 advantage. But the lead would be short lived as Thiel answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to go up by two runs, 5-3. Both teams traded a pair of runs in the second with Hiram's scores coming on RBI singles by sophomore outfielder/catcher George Blake (Parma) and senior catcher/infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes). The Tomcat offense then caught fire with a run in the third and four runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead 12-5. The Terriers tallied a run in the fifth on a defensive error, but Thiel took control of the game with seven runs in their half of the frame to take a commanding 19-6 lead. Thiel tacked on one more run in the sixth and cruised to the 20-6 final.
Miller was the lone Hiram player to record multiple hits finishing two-of-four with a run scored and a RBI. Four other Terriers each posted a base hit, including Segal who finished one-of-three overall with the three RBI.
On the mound, freshman Pat Rhodes (Girard) started the game, but suffered the loss going three innings while giving up 10 runs on 12 hits and had three strikeouts. Freshman Logan Schaefer (Columbiana/Crestview) came on in the fourth and pitched two innings allowing nine runs on nine hits. Junior Eric Cameron (Akron/Green) pitched one inning of relief giving up a run and tallied a strikeout. Freshman J.T. Taylor (Niles) finished the game allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out one batter.
Hiram will look to get back on track when it hosts Kenyon College in a pair of twinbills on Saturday (Mar. 24) and Sunday (Mar. 25) to kick off North Coast Athletic Conference play. The first game on both days are scheduled to begin at noon.