HOPEWOOD, PA. -- The Hiram College baseball team won both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State-Fayette, 10-4 and 14-2, at Hutchinson Field in Hopewood, Pa.
In game one, the contest remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Hiram (7-6) scored a run off of a RBI double by junior George Blake (Parma) to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. But PSU-Fayette (0-7) answered the Hiram run with two scores of its own in the bottom half of the inning to move ahead, 2-1. The Terriers then broke the game open scoring seven runs in the fifth, that included a lead-off solo homerun by sophomore Andrew Thomas (New Castle, Pa./Laurel) and a three-run homer by senior All-NCAC infielder Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.). Thomas also hit a double later in the same inning as Hiram would come away with an 8-2 lead after the offensive fleury. Hiram added two more runs in the sixth on a two-RBI triple by sophomore Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) to give the Terriers a 10-2 advantage. The Roaring Lions went on to add a run in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, but the Terriers already had the game in hand and went on to win by the final of 10-4.
Hiram posted nine hits in the game and was led by Thomas who finished three-of-four with a run scored and a RBI. Segal finished the game two-of-three with a run scored and three RBI. Four other Terrier players each recorded a base hit in the win.
At pitcher, J.T. Taylor (Niles) started the game and got the win, pitching six innings allowing three runs on seven hits and struck out six batters. He is now 3-2 overall on the season. Sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) pitched the final inning in relief giving up one run on one hit and had three strikeouts.
In the nightcap, PSU-Fayette grabbed the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Hiram answered with a seven-run top of the third inning that included a two-RBI double by junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga), making the score 7-1. The Lions got one of the runs back in the fifth crossing the plate once to narrow the gap to 7-2. But the Terriers put the game away scoring a combined seven runs to end the game with a pair of runs in the sixth and five in the seventh en route to cruising to the 14-2 victory and the two-game sweep.
Offensively, junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield) led the way going three-of-four with a run scored and a RBI. Thomas capped a solid performance on the day with a two-of-four effort to go along with a run scored.
On the hill, sophomore Patt Rhodes (Girard) pitched the entire game and recorded his fourth win of the season to improve to 4-2 overall. He allowed two runs on eight hits and tallied seven strikeouts.
Hiram returns to the field tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 24) for a non-conference doubleheader against the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Greensburg, Pa.