HIRAM, OHIO -- The Hiram College baseball team lose both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Oberlin College, 10-3 and 14-8, at the Robert O. Fishel Field in the home finale.
In game one, Oberlin (17-17, 9-7 NCAC) struck first with a run in the top of the second inning and then added another run in the third to make the score 2-0. The Yeomen broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning to extend the margin to 8-0. Hiram (12-18, 0-12 NCAC) got on the board in the bottom half of the inning scoring two runs on a solo homerun by Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) to begin the inning and later a RBI single by sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) to narrow the gap to 8-2. The Terriers tacked on another run in the fifth on a bases loaded walk to chip the lead down to 8-3. Oberlin put the game away with a pair of runs in the seventh to go on to claim the 10-3 victory.
Hiram recorded six hits in the game with DeAmicis and junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield) recording multi-hit games. DeAmicis finished a perfect two-for-two with a RBI, while Calhoun went two-of-four. Jaksa posted a one-of-two effort with a run scored and RBI on the solo homerun.
On the mound, sophomore J.T. Taylor (Niles) pitched all seven innings, but suffered the loss and drops to 3-4 overall for the season. In seven innings, he allowed 10 runs, three earned, on 13 hits and struck out two batters.
In the second game, both offenses combined for 22 runs in the game. Hiram led 4-1 after the first two innings of play with a run in the first and three runs in the second that was highlighted by a two-RBI double by junior Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington). Oberlin took over the lead with six runs in the third to make the score 7-4. The Terriers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame thanks to a RBI sacrifice fly by senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local). Hiram went on to add single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to round out its scoring. Oberlin would tack on a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and three more in the ninth en route to the 14-8 final.
Both teams also combined for 32 hits with 14 of those hits by Hiram. The Terriers were led by Haidet who finished four-of-five with three runs scored and two RBI. DeAmicis posted a three-of-five performance at the plate to go along with a run scored and a RBI. Senior Lee Cancilla (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) rounded out the muliti-hit efforts by going two-of-four and scored two runs.
Senior Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) started the game and pitched two innings allowing seven runs on five hits. Freshman Evan Wutrick (Alliance/Marlington) pitched six-and-a-third innings in relief giving up seven runs, one earned, on 12 hits and had four strikeouts. Calhoun pitched the final two-thirds of an inning allowing no runs on one hit.
Hiram will travel to Berea for a non-conference single nine-inning game against Baldwin Wallace University tomorrow (Wednesday, Apr. 24). The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.