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Baseball splits pair of high scoring affairs with Westminster (Pa.)

Baseball splits pair of high scoring affairs with Westminster (Pa.)

By: Andrew Korba

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Hiram College baseball team split a pair of high scoring games with Westminster (Pa.) on Tuesday afternoon.

The Terriers (2-12) took the first game 16-12, while the Titans (2-11) captured Game 2 by a 19-9 count.

In Game 1, junior Brandon Chesmar (Elyria, Ohio/Amherst Steele) continued his scorching start to the season, going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI's. Freshman Christian Owens (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Woodridge) finished with two hits and three runs scored.

Westminster scored a run in the first, but it was all Hiram from there, as the Terriers scored 16 straight runs in a four inning span, sparked by a 6-run third inning.

After tying the game in the second, Chesmar gave the Terriers the lead with a RBI single to drive in freshman Bryan Fryda (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman). Owens followed with a RBI single of his own to score senior Trevor Foster (Warren, Ohio/Champion).

Chesmar would come around to score on a passed ball in the third and freshman Austin DeGregory (Girard, Ohio/Girard) drove in Owens with a double. Hiram would score another run in the inning on an error and also got a RBI groundout from Fryda to close out the scoring.

The Terriers continued to pile it on in the fourth, plating four more runs. Chesmar jacked a 2-run homer, his second of the season, and Fryda added a 2-RBI single in the inning.

In the fifth, Hiram got five more runs, sparked by a 3-run home run from freshman Preston Patterson (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake). Fryda also had a sac fly to bring home a run and Foster drove in another Terrier on a fielder's choice.

Westminster would not go away, getting two runs in the sixth. The Titans would then score nine times in the seventh, but could not get any closer.

Sophomore Kyle Watson (Warren, Ohio/Howland) recorded his first win of the season, giving up three runs in six innings of work and striking out four.

In Game 2, Hiram struck for four runs in the second, getting RBI doubles from junior Brandon Gros (Ravenna, Ohio/Kent Roosevelt) and Chesmar and a 2-RBI single from Fryda.

The Titans answered with three in the second, but the Terriers cmae right back with three in the third.

Freshman Bryan Engdahl (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) drew a bases loaded walk and sophomore Brandon Kish (Poland, Ohio/Struthers) and Engdahl both scored courtesy of a Westminster error.

The Titans would jump in front in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs to take an 8-7 lead.

The Terriers answered with two in the fifth on a 2-RBI double by Chesmar to retake the lead, 9-8.

But Westminster blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth, scoring nine times and adding two more runs in the sixth for the 19-9 win.

Chesmar went 3-for-4 with three RBI's, while Gros and Kish each collected two hits apiece.

Hiram will play next on Saturday, April 2, as it opens NCAC play with a doubleheader against Kenyon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.