March 25 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College baseball team continued to rely on excellent pitching as they swept the first two games of a three-game weekend set with Chatham University on Saturday afternoon.
The Hiram pitching staff, which today was made up of Hank Clegg, Brandon Chesmar, Kyle Watson and Tyler Carcioppolo combined to allow just one earned run in 14 innings of work as the Terriers took game one, 4-2 before capturing the second game by a 2-1 score.
Clegg made his fourth start of the season in game one, picking up his second victory as he went four fulling innings of work without allowing an earned run. He allowed just three hits (all singles) while striking out five batters.
Hiram got their offense going early in game one as lead-off man Bryan Engdahl took just the second pitch of the game from starting pitcher Adam Cerar over the left-field wall for a solo home run. The round-tripper was the first of the season by any Terrier hitter.
The Terriers weren't done in the home half of the first as Brandon Gros reached and was moved to second on a groundout. After stealing third base, he was brought home on a RBI grounder from Alex Perrella to make the score 2-0.
After Chatham tallied an unearned run off of Clegg in the second inning, Hiram responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. With a runner on first, Engdahl doubled down the left field line to move Carcioppolo to third base. The next batter was Gros, who posted a sac fly to score Carcioppolo and extend the lead to 3-1.
The Cougars would once again cut into the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring another run on a throwing error to pull to 3-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, Watson came in to relieve Clegg, staying on for the next three innings of work to collect his first-career save.
Watson pitched well over the final three innings, allowing just one hit on a bunt single in the top of the seventh inning. However, three straight fly balls ended the game, giving the Terriers the win.
The victory marked Hiram's eighth of the season, surpassing the total from last season just 13 games into the year.
Offensively, Engdahl was the lone Terrier with multiple hits, finishing the game with a home run, a double and a RBI.
In game two, the Terrier arms were once again stellar as Chesmar took a no hitter into the sixth inning before surrendering one run on two hits.
The offensive output for Hiram came in the home half of the second as Perrella led off the inning with a bunt single. The next batter was Tyler Duben, who doubled down the right field line, moving Perrella to third. The relay throw then skipped past the Cougar second baseman, allowing Perrella to score the game's first run. Two batters later, Vito Petrillo singled home Duben to increase the lead to 2-0.
After Hiram posted their runs, Chesmar set down the next 10 Chatham batters before allowing the first hit on an infield single. The Cougars would go on to score a run on a sac fly, pulling the game to 2-1.
Coming in for his usual closer responsibilities, Carcioppolo came on in relief of Chesmar in the seventh inning. The closer earned his third save of the season, allowing just one hit before getting the final batter to strike out swinging.
Offensively, both Perrella and Duben posted a pair of hits and a run scored in the game.
As a staff, Chesmar and Carcioppolo combined for seven innings, allowing just three hits and an earned run while striking out four batters.
The Terriers will look for a sweep of the three-game series on Sunday as Hiram and Chatham face off for the third time. First pitch is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.