March 6 – FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Hiram College baseball team ran their winning streak to three games, earning their first doubleheader sweep of an opponent since 2014, as the Terriers upended Lakeland University on Monday morning.
Hiram and Lakeland needed extra innings to decide game one, with the Terriers pulling out the 5-2 edge. The Terriers then toppled the Muskies 13-6 in game two.
Sophomore Bryan Engdahl led the way for the Terriers in the doubleheader, finishing the day going a combined 6-for-11 with five RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Catcher Eric Martin got the Terriers going in the top of the second inning, singling home short stop Brian Fryda to open the scoring. Lakeland countered with runs in the fifth and sixth innings, finally getting to starting pitcher Hank Clegg for one run tally in each.
Clegg picked up the no decision, finishing his first-career start by pitching 5.1 innings and allowing just three hits while striking out five.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Muskies put runners on first and second with no outs. Sophomore pitcher A.J. Armstrong then made the play of the game, sprawling out off the mound to catch a pop-up bunt before doubling off the lead runner on second.
From there, both sides would play to a stalemate until the top of the 11th inning. The Terrier bullpen was once again solid, as the combination of Collin Azevedo, Frank Peck and Tyler Carcioppolo combined for 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
Hiram took the lead back in the top of the 11th inning. Brandon Kish opened the inning with a pinch-hit walk before Clayton Torok took first base to pinch run. Torok then legged out a sacrifice bunt by Mike Gonzalez, putting runners on first and second with no one out.
Following a throwing error on a pickoff attempt by the Muskie pitcher, Torok moved to third. Fryda then collected his second hit of the game, singling through the right side to score Torok and give Hiram the lead.
Four batters later, and the bases full of Terriers, Engdahl came through with his third hit, driving home Fryda and Lonigro to extend the lead to 5-2.
Carcioppolo then picked up his second-straight save, slamming the door on the Muskies by allowing just one baserunner. Peck earned his first-career victory in the game, going 2.0 innings of relief.
In as much time as it took Hiram to collect five runs in game one, that's how quickly it took the Terriers to blow game two wide open.
Playing as the home team in the second matchup, Hiram chased starting pitcher Dylan Royce after just 0.2 innings, scoring eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the first inning.
Engdahl and Brandon Gros opened the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles which was followed by a throwing error on the Muskies, loading the bases with no outs. Alex Perrella then drove in his first run of the season with a sacrifice fly for the game's first run.
After that, Joe Masters followed with a RBI double, Mike Eversol tallied a sac fly, Fryda singled home Masters, Engdahl added a two-run single and Gros finished off the swing with a RBI triple. All of that staked Hiram to an 8-0 lead.
After Lakeland tallied two runs in the top of the second, Fryda posted his second RBI of the game, singling home Perrella to push the advantage to 9-2.
Lakeland would battle back, however, cutting the lead to 9-5 with two runs in the second and third, and another in the fourth.
With Hiram leading 10-5 in the top of the sixth, Lakeland made another attempt at closing the gap. The Muskies loaded the bases before drawing a walk to pull the game to 10-6 with two outs and the tying run at the plate. However, Azevedo needed just four pitches to cut the Terriers out of the jam and preserve the four-run lead.
Hiram rounded out the scoring in the bottom of the sixth, getting RBIs from Eversole, Fryda and Chet Waddle to push the lead to 13-6. Lane Kiser would then make his first appearance of the season, closing out the game to give the Terriers the win.
The victory marked the third-straight for Hiram, notching three in a row for the first time since April of 2014. The doubleheader sweep was also the first for the program since sweeping D'Youville on April 17.
Along with Engdahl, Fryda led the way in the doubleheader, posting a combined five hits, four RBIs and four runs scored. Gros also finished with a pair of hits in each game and is now 9-of-15 through the first four games of the season.
The Terriers will be back in action on Tuesday, March 7, as they take on Swarthmore College in a nine-inning matchup. The game is slated for a 3 p.m. start at Terry Park.