OBERLIN, OHIO -- The Hiram College baseball team fell twice to Oberlin College, 9-2 and 18-7, in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at Dill Field in Oberlin.
In game one, Hiram (3-9, 0-2 NCAC) grabbed the early lead scoring on a defensive error to put the Terriers up, 1-0. But Oberlin (9-5, 2-0 NCAC) tallied three runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead, 3-1, after the first inning of play. The deficit remained a pair of runs for Hiram until the top of the fourth when the Terriers cut the Yeomen lead in half with a run thanks to a wild pitch allowing junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) to score from third base after hitting a double earlier in the inning. Oberlin answered the Hiram score again in its half of the inning, this time crossing the plate five times to take a commanding 8-2 advantage. The Yeomen added another run in the sixth as Hiram was held scoreless the rest of the way, allowing Oberlin to go on to the 9-2 victory.
Hiram recorded six hits in the game with the only multi-hitter being junior infielder Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) who went two-of-three overall. Bell finished the game one-of-two with a pair of runs scored.
On the mound, junior J.T. Taylor (Niles) pitched the entire game, allowing nine runs, two earned, on 12 hits and struck out four batters. He was also credited with the loss and is now 1-2 overall for the season.
In the nightcap, Oberlin took control right from the start, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. Hiram began a rally with three runs in the top of the second that was highlighted by a two-RBI single by DeAmicis with runners on second and third, and was later followed by a RBI-double by senior outfielder Rob O'Toole (Brooklyn, N.Y./La Salle Academy). The Terriers added another run in the third thanks to a RBI-double by junior All-NCAC catcher Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) to make the score 7-4. But the Yeomen ended the rally with five runs in the bottom of the third and another run in the fourth to extend their lead to 13-4. Oberlin went on to pad its lead with two runs in the sixth and three in the eighth to boast an 18-4 advantage heading into the top of the ninth. Hiram would score three runs in the ninth on RBI base hits by freshmen outfielders Kyle Torok (Kirtland) and Ty Walchanowicz (Garfield Heights) and a defensive error later in the inning to make the score 18-7. But the runs would come a bit too late for Hiram as Oberlin cruised to the 18-7 final and the two-game sweep.
At the plate for Hiram, the Terriers had 10 hits with 10 different players reaching base safely. Kyle Torok finished a perfect one-for-one with a run scored and a RBI. DeAmicis was one-of-three with a run scored and two RBI, while O'Toole was one-of-two to go along with his RBI. Jaksa posted a one-for-three effort with a run scored and a RBI and Walchanowicz was one-of-two with a run scored and a RBI.
Junior pitcher Pat Rhodes (Girard) started the game and pitched three innings giving up 12 runs on 12 hits and struck out one hitter. He also suffered the loss and is now 1-2 overall for the season. Freshman Brandon Chesmar (Elyria/Amherst Steele) pitched three innings of relief allowing three runs, none earned, on five hits and had two strikeouts. Bell and sophomore Dequan Ward (Broadview Heights/North Royalton) both pitched one inning with Bell pitching a perfect inning with no runs or hits and struck out three and Ward gave up three runs on a hit to go along with a strikeout.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Meadville, Pa. for a NCAC four-game series against Allegheny (Pa.) College on Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 5-6. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at noon on each day.