FORT MYERS, FLA. -- The Hiram College baseball team had its four-game winning streak snapped with a doubleheader loss to Newbury (Mass.) College, 7-4 and 6-3, as part of the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
In game one, Newbury (3-3) struck first with a five-run top of the first inning. Hiram (5-4) got one of those runs back in the second on a bases loaded walk by senior Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) making the score 5-1. But the Nighthawks answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to extend the lead back to five runs, 6-1. The Terriers crossed the plate twice in the third on a two-RBI triple by sophomore Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield). The deficit remained 6-3 until the bottom of the fifth when Newbury scored a run for a 7-3 advantage. Hiram scored the final run of the game in the seventh on a RBI single by junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield), but the one would come with two outs and the possible rally ended two batters later as Newbury went on to claim the 7-4 final.
Hiram ended the game with 10 hits and was led by Segal and senior Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) who recorded multi-hit games. Both finished two-for-four with Segal adding a run scored and two RBI and Stimson a run scored.
At pitcher, sophomore Pat Rhodes (Girard) got the start, but would suffer the loss and is now 0-2 overall for the season. He ptiched four innings allowing seven runs and had three strikeouts. Fellow sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) pitched the final two innings allowing no runs.
In the nightcap, Newbury against struck first scoring a run in the top of the third inning and added another run in the fourth to lead 2-0. Hiram cut the deficit in half in the fourth with a solo homerun by Calhoun, his first of the season. The Terriers would get two more runners on base following the Calhoun homer, but could not get anymore runners across homeplate, keeping the score 2-1. The Nighthawks answered the solo shot with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend the margin to 4-1. The very next inning, Newbury added two additional runs to pad its lead to 6-1. Hiram went into its final at-bats trailing by five runs, but would score twice on a two-RBI single by junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) making the score 6-3. The runs would come with two outs however and the Terriers would record the final out two hitters later allowing Newbury to hang on for the 6-3 victory.
Hiram had six hits in game two with six different players recording base hits. Calhoun finished the game one-of-two with the homerun and the run scored and RBI. Jaksa posted a one-for-three effort with the two RBI.
On the hill, sophomore J.T. Taylor (Niles) started the game and went six innings allowing six runs and struck out five batters. He was credited with the loss and is now 1-1 overall for the season. Calhoun came on to pitch the final inning and didn't give up a run while striking out two hitters.
Hiram will conclude its annual spring trip with a single nine-inning game against Olivet (Mich.) College tomorrow (Saturday, Mar. 9). The first pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m.