March 10, FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Hiram College baseball team used a 13-run output in the second game of their doubleheader to earn a split with Pitt-Bradford on Friday afternoon at the Player Development Center in Fort Myers.
Hiram fell in game one, 3-1, before taking the second game by a score of 13-6. The win tied the team high for runs on the season (13), while also matching the highest run differential of the young campaign.
In game one, the Terriers found themselves on the wrong side of a pitchers' duel, falling 3-1. The difference in the game came in the third inning, as a walk and a stolen base put a runner in scoring position. Kyle Hunt then singled home the runner to give Bradford the lead.
Two batters later, catcher Austin Parent tallied his first home run of the season, driving a two-run shot over the left-field fence to expand the lead to 3-0. The homer marked the first allowed by the Terrier pitching staff this season.
Hiram picked up their lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Designated hitter Jacob Nagy tallied his first-career hit to lead off the inning. After moving to second on a ground out, Brian Fryda brought him home with a RBI double to right-center to pull the score to 3-1.
Despite getting 2.1 scoreless innings of work from freshman Logan Huffman out of the bullpen, the Terriers were unable to scratch another run across, falling by two-run difference.
The Hiram bats came alive to give the Terriers their fifth win of the season in game two of the doubleheader.
The Terriers got going early as Bryan Engdahl jumped on a 1-0 fastball for his first double of the game, putting a runner on second with no outs. Two batters later, Brandon Chesmar singled home Engdahl to make the score 1-0.
Hiram never trailed in the game, but saw the Panthers cut into the advantage in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs on a two-out double by Jay Clinger.
Eversole picked up the team's second RBI of the game, doubling home Brandon Gros in the second to push the lead to 5-2. He then crossed the plate on another error by Pitt-Bradford, pushing the lead back to four.
Pitt-Bradford cut into the lead once again (6-4), before the Terriers blew the game open in the third. Hiram pounded out five hits in the inning, which was started on a single by Chet Waddell. Following a sac bunt by Eric Martin, Engdahl singled home Waddell for the innings first run.
Gros immediately followed Engdahl with a triple to left-center field, which were chased by a RBI single from Perrella and a RBI double by Eversole, in which Perrella scored from first. When the dust settled, Hiram led 10-4.
Hiram extended the lead to 12-4, before Pitt-Bradford added two more in the bottom half of the fifth. Kyle Watson came in to pitch in the fifth and worked out of a bases-loaded jam before working a scoreless sixth.
The Terriers added one more run in the visitor's half of the seventh as Gros tripled and scored on an error to round out the scoring at 13-6.
Gros feasted on Panther pitching in game two, finishing the game 4-for-5 with three extra base hits. He tallied a pair of triples, two doubles, four runs scored and a RBI.
The senior has been on a tear through the first week, slugging .893 with seven of his 15 hits coming for extra bases. He is also 15-for-28 on the season (.536).
Jake Evanoff came on to finish out the Panthers in the seventh and worked a scoreless frame to secure the win. Through the two games, the Terrier bullpen performed well as the combination of Evanoff, Watson and Huffman combined to throw 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
The top of the Hiram order was once again hard to stop, as the first four batters (Engdahl, Gros, Chesmar, Perrella) combined to got 10-for-20 with six RBI and eight runs scored.
The Terriers will complete their week at the Gene Cusic Classic on Saturday morning as they square off with the Merchant Marine Academy. The doubleheader is slated for 9 a.m.