By: Abbey Lipcsik
GAMBIER, Ohio – The Hiram College baseball team finished their four-game series against Kenyon by falling short in both games of their second doubleheader of the weekend. The Terriers dropped a 16-9 decision in game one before falling 10-9 in an upset that was fueled by a walk-off grand slam by Phillip Nam.
Just like first doubleheader, the Kenyon offense was the game-changer. The Lords notched multiple runs in seven of their 17 frames on the day, with two coming for at least five runs.
In game one, Kenyon quickly took over the momentum, tallying six runs in their first at-bat of the day. The Terriers then answered back with two, two-run frames of their own, with one of the runs coming on a solo shot by Bryan Engdahl in the top of the third. However, the Lords also tacked on five more runs to take an 11-5 lead by the fifth inning.
The Terriers rallied to come within striking distance in their next at-bat. Tyler Duben led off the inning with a double down the left field line, before Brandon Chesmar advanced him to third on a groundout to the first baseman. After Brian Fryda walked and stole second to put both himself and Duben in scoring position, Mike Eversole grounded to the Kenyon shortstop, scoring in Duben (9-6). Vince Lonigro then hit an RBI of his own when he singled to right field, scoring Fryda and forcing a Kenyon pitching change. Vito Petrillo then stepped up to the plate, doubling to left field to advance Lonigro over to third. Alex Perrella followed the hit up with a single to right field, scoring both Petrillo and Lonigro for the final two runs of the frame (11-9).
Although several Terriers got on base in the remaining innings, the Lords held Hiram scoreless while continuing to tack on runs, eventually taking the win.
With his first loss of the season, Chesmar's pitching record now stands at 3-1.
Hiram quickly got on the board in game two, opening the game with a five-run rally. Perrella led off the inning reaching first on a passed ball after a strikeout. Following a walk by Brandon Gros with two outs, Chesmar and Fryda both walked with bases loaded to bring in two runs. Eric Martin was then hit by a pitch, sending home Gros to make the score 3-0. Will Howell then hit a two-RBI single to left center to increase the Hiram lead to five (5-0).
The Terriers continued to hold their lead until the bottom of the ninth. The Lords then rallied to score five runs on two hits, with one being Nam's walk-off grand slam.
Despite the solid start, Frank Peck finished with a no decision. In his five innings of work, the pitcher recorded only two runs on seven hits in addition to four strikeouts. Only one of his runs was earned.
Over the course of the day, Perrella, Gros and Fryda led the Hiram offense, totaling four hits apiece. Perrella also tied Will Howell for the team-high in RBIs (3).
The Terriers will next host conference rival Oberlin on April 14-15 in a four-game series. The first doubleheader is set to start at 12:00 p.m.