By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College baseball team closed out its weekend series against Allegheny (Pa.) by dropping the final two games of a 4-game set on Sunday afternoon.
The Gators (11-11, 5-3 NCAC East) took the first contest 9-3 and scored 15 unanswered runs en route to 15-7 win in Game 2.
In Game 2, Hiram (7-18, 3-7 NCAC East) struck for a three run first frame, getting a key 2-out 2-RBI single from senior Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) to take a 3-0 lead.
Hiram tacked on another single run in the second on a RBI double by senior Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./North Farmington).
The Terriers added three more runs in the fourth inning to open up a 7-0 advantage.
Segal doubled home sophomore Kyle Torok (Kirtland) and freshman Phil Ward (Garfield Heights) followed with a 2-run homer to left to make the score 7-0. The home run was the first of the season and career for Ward.
Allegheny got on the board with an unearned run in the fifth and added a run in the sixth to trim Hiram's lead to 7-2.
The Gators would add another run in the seventh and brought the tying run to the plate in the frame. But senior Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) would induce a bases loaded flyout to preserve the lead.
But Allegheny would continue to battle got two homers in a 7-run eighth inning to take a 10-7 lead.
The Gators added on five more runs in the ninth and the Terriers were unable to draw any closer.
Sophomore Brandon Chesmar (Elyria/Amherst Steele) went six innings and gave up one earned run while striking out two, picking up a no decision.
Ward paced Hiram going 3-for-5 with three RBI's, while Segal added two hits and two RBI's.
In Game 1, Allegheny struck for two runs in the first, but Hiram came right back with a RBI double by Ward to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Gators answered right back with two runs in the second inning to open up a 4-1 lead.
Tha Gators would tack on another run in the fourth and added three more in the fifth to open a 8-2 advantage.
Hiram would get a run back in the fifth on another RBI hit by Ward, but stranded runners on second and third.
The Gators would add another run and Hiram could get no closer, falling 9-2.
Bell went 2-for-2 and scored all three of the Terriers runs, while Ward added two hits and two RBI's.
Hiram will return to action with a 4-game series at No. 17-ranked Wooster on Saturday and Sunday. Both doubleheaders are set to begin at noon.