OBERLIN, OHIO -- The Hiram College baseball team won both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Oberlin College, 4-1 and 6-0, in Oberlin to split the overall four-game series.
In game one, Hiram (6-12, 3-5 NCAC) broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning on a RBI-single by junior outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield/North Farmington) and a RBI-sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Trevor Foster (Warren/Champion). Oberlin (12-8, 5-3 NCAC) cut the Hiram lead in half with a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 2-1 ball game. The Terriers got some breathing room in the seventh with a pair of runs that included a lead-off solo homerun by junior outfielder Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) and a squeeze bunt by senior infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) later in the inning with two outs and bases loaded. Oberlin looked to rally in the bottom half of the frame with bases loaded, but with two outs. But the scoring threat ended there for the Yeomen as Hiram got the final out of the game on a groundout to second base to claim the 4-1 victory.
The Terriers out-hit Oberlin, 11-6, and had four players record multi-hit games. Senior outfielder George Blake (Parma) went a perfect three-for-three and scored a run. Bell, Segal and Haidet all finished two-of-four. Bell and Segal both scored a run and had a RBI, while Haidet added an RBI.
On the mound, junior J.T. Taylor (Niles) pitched a complete game, allowing the lone run on six hits and struck out two batters. He improves to 2-3 overall for the season with the win.
In game two, Oberlin threatened early with bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning and only one out. But the Hiram defense recorded back-to-back outs thanks to a strikeout and a pop-up keeping the Yeomen from crossing homeplate. The teams remained scoreless until the fourth inning when Hiram got on the board with back-to-back doubles by Segal and senior All-NCAC catcher/pitcher Tim Calhoun (Canfield) in the first two at-bats of the inning. The run would be part of five unanswered runs by the Terriers that included three more runs coming in the top of the fifth thanks to a three-run homerun by Calhoun. Hiram's other run came on a RBI-groundout by Bell in the sixth with runners on second and third to increase the lead to 6-0. Solid relief pitching and defense by Hiram down the stretch would preserve the shutout for the Terriers and a 6-0 win to complete the two-game sweep.
Hiram tallied 10 hits and held Oberlin to just four. The Terriers were led by Calhoun who finished the game three-of-five with a run scored and four RBI. Segal posted a second-straight two-of-four effort at the plate in addition to scoring a pair of runs. Foster rounded out the multi-hit performances going two-of-four overall.
Freshman Brandon Chesmar (Elyria/Amherst Steele) started the game and pitched five complete innings allowing no runs on four hits and struck out seven batters. Junior Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) pitched four strong innings in relief allowing no runs or hits and had three strikeouts.
Hiram is scheduled to begin a four-game series against NCAC opponent The College of Wooster this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 12-13. The Terriers will open play on Saturday with both games of the doubleheader being played at Cene Park in Struthers. The first game is set to begin at noon.