FT. MYERS, FLA. -- The Hiram College baseball resumed its spring trip with a two-game split against Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) College defeating the Lions, 4-3 in eight innings, but losing, 1-0, in game two in a non-conference doubleheader in Ft. Myers, Fla.
In game one, the two teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 until the top of the fourth inning when Hiram (3-4) senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) hit a RBI single with bases loaded which was followed by a RBI sacrifice fly by senior outfielder George Blake (Parma) that gave the Terriers a 2-0 lead. Hiram added another run in its next inning thanks to a RBI single by junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference infielder Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) that was set up by a lead-off double by junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton). Eastern Nazarene (5-3) quickly erased the deficit scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to even the game at 3-3. Both teams would get the potential winning run into scoring position in the final inning, but could not get the run across homeplate as the game would go into extra innings. Haidet began the Hiram eighth inning with a double and then advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Blake recorded his second RBI sacrifice fly of the game, scoring Haidet and giving the Terriers a 4-3 advantage. In the bottom half of the frame, senior All-NCAC infielder/pitcher Tim Calhoun (Canfield) came on to pitch in a save opportunity and recorded a quick out to begin the inning. Following a walk on the Lions next at-bat, Hiram recorded back-to-back outs giving tje Terriers the 4-3 victory.
Bell, Haidet and Calhoun paced Hiram at the plate, each recording a pair of hits. Bell and Haidet both finished two-of-four with Bell adding a run scored and Haidet scoring a run in addition to a RBI. Calhoun went two-of-three and scored a run.
Junior pitcher J.T. Taylor (Niles) pitched seven innings and got the win to improve to 1-1 overall. He allowed three runs on five hits and struck out nine batters. Calhoun recorded his second save of the season pitching the final inning allowing no runs and had two strikeouts.
In game two, Eastern Nazarene scored first with a run in the top of the third inning to grab a 1-0 lead. The lone run turned out to be the only scoring in the game as the Lions would hold the Terriers to just one hit in the game. Hiram also committed four errors in the game as Eastern Nazarene went on to claim the 1-0 win.
Junior infielder Mark Leone (Boardman) had the only hit for Hiram and ended the game one-of-three overall.
At pitcher, sophomore Evan Wutrick (Alliance/Marlington) pitched all seven innings allowing just the run on four hits and struck out four batters. He was also credited with the loss and is 0-1 overall for the season.
Hiram will wrap-up its annual spring Florida trip with a doubleheader against Otterbein University tomorrow (Friday, Mar. 14). The first game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.