March 9 – FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Hiram College baseball team has posted its best start since the 2013 season as the Terriers earned a 10-5 victory over Rivier University on Thursday afternoon at Terry Park.
With the win, Hiram improves to 4-2 on the season, marking their best start since the team started 4-2 during their spring trip to Fort Myers in 2013.
The top four batters in the Terrier order performed well for Hiram, as the combination of Bryan Engdahl, Brandon Gros, Brandon Chesmar and Alex Perrella finished the day 11-for-19 with eight runs scored and five RBIs.
Perrella served as the catalyst throughout the game, as the sophomore left-fielder went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate while reaching base in all five at bats. He also added three RBIs and scored twice.
After starting pitcher Frank Peck held the Raiders scoreless in the first two innings, the Terriers got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Following back-to-back singles by Perrella and Vince Lonigro, Brian Fryda moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Will Howell then brought home Perrrella on a RBI groundout to take the lead.
The Terriers would add on in the bottom of the third inning following a double by Engdahl. Two batters later, Chesmar brought him home with a single up the middle to give Hiram the 2-0 lead.
Rivier would come back in the top of the fifth after Peck left the game. Jorge Martinez drove in David Pappalardo with a single up the middle. Jonathan de la Cruz the drove in Martinez to knot the game at 2-2.
Hiram responded in the home half of the inning, driving in a pair to take a 4-2 advantage. Tyler Carcioppolo led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Engdahl the singled through the right side before Carioppolo scored on an error. Three batters later, Perrella singled home Gros to expand the lead.
After Rivier cut into the lead in the top of the sixth, Hiram added three more runs. Engdahl added another RBI, driving in Carcioppolo before scoring, himself, on a wild pitch. Gros then scored on an error after doubling down the left field line.
The Raiders would add one more run in each the eighth and ninth innings, but the Terriers would counter with three more scores in the bottom of the eighth to round out the scoring at 10-5. Perrella provided the big play of the inning, doubling to right center with two runners on. The hit scored Chesmar and Gros.
On the mound, Peck got his first-career start, pitching 4.0 solid innings while allowing just two hits and a walk. Freshman Tyler Duben earned his first-career win, pitching 2.0 innings and striking out a batter.
Along with Perrella, Engdahl continued to swing a hot bat. The sophomore center fielder finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Through the last four games, Engdahl has hit 12-of-21, driving in six runs and scoring five times.
Other offensive leaders included Gros, Chesmar and Carcioppolo, who all finished with two hits, each. Gros crossed the plate a team-high three times, while Carcioppolo scored twice, and Chesmar, once.
Hiram will be back in action on Friday afternoon as they continue play at the Gene Cusic Classic. The Terriers will take on Pitt-Bradford in a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.