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Gros' Walkoff Highlights Hiram Baseball's Sweep of Westminster

Gros' Walkoff Highlights Hiram Baseball's Sweep of Westminster

May 3 – HIRAM, Ohio – Senior Brandon Gros capped a three-run seventh inning in walk-off fashion as the Hiram College baseball team earned a sweep of Westminster College on Wednesday afternoon. The Terriers earned the game two win in dramatic style after taking the first matchup, 11-1.

Hiram (16-19) got to the Titan pitching early and often in game one, striking for seven runs in the first three innings. Senior Brandon Chesmar did the damage in the first, poking a two-run single into right-center field, plating Brian Fryda and Tyler Carcioppolo to open the scoring.

The Terriers then brought ten batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, scratching out five runs to expand the advantage to 7-0. Chesmar knocked in his third RBI in two at-bats to push the lead to 3-0, before a two-run double by Vito Petrillo brought home both Jacob Nagy and Chesmar.

With Petrillo on third, Ty Walchanowicz and Kyle Watson both reached to load the bases for Carcioppolo, who knocked home two with a single up the middle.

The final four runs for the home team were scored in the bottom half of the fifth, as Hiram put the game well out of reach.

With the bases loaded yet again, Carcioppolo came through in the clutch for the second time, doubling to center field to score both Walchanowicz and Eric Martin. That was then followed by an RBI single from Fryda and a sacrifice fly by Bryan Engdahl, pushing the lead to 11-0.

Not to be outdone by the bats, the Terrier pitching staff performed well by committee in game one. The combination of Hank Clegg, Shawn May and Frank Peck threw six innings of scoreless baseball while surrendering just six hits.

Clegg got the start on the hill, going 3.2 innings and allowing two hits. May earned the win on the mound, pitching 1.1 innings, while Peck worked a scoreless sixth in relief and struck out one.

Carcioppolo, Fryda and Chesmar led the Hiram offense with three hits, each. Carcioppolo posted a career-high four RBIs, while Chesmar added three and Petrillo, a pair.

Game two once again had the makings of a blow out as Hiram put six runs on the board through the first two innings. Hiram got on the board with four in the first, with RBIs coming from Chesmar and Kyle Torok. Vince Lonigro and Tyler Duben also crossed the plate as a result of a Westminster miscue.

In the second, Hiram continued to push forward as RBIs from Engdahl and Gros ballooned the lead to 6-0. Engdahl singled home Duben with a bases-loaded hit to center, while Gros tallied his first RBI of the day with a sac fly to center, scoring Lonigro.

It was in the middle innings, however, that Westminster countered with their own offensive. The Titans plated four in both the top of the fourth and top of the fifth to take an 8-6 advantage.

Pitching out of the bullpen, Logan Huffman and Justin Joyce combined to hold Westminster down in the final stanzas, giving the Terriers the opening they needed. Huffman went 1.2 innings allowing a pair of hits, while Joyce pitched a solid seventh inning, striking out a pair to earn the victory.

Down a pair of runs in the seventh, the Terriers showed patience at the plate, as Duben, pinch hitter Alex Perrella and Chesmar all reached via the free pass. Engdahl then brought home pinch runner John Reid on a hit by pitch, pulling the game to one run and setting Gros up for the final at bat of the game:

Gros and Engdahl paced the Terriers in game two, each finishing with a pair of hits and three RBIs. In addition, Duben reached base in all five of his at bats, going two-for-two at the plate and walking three times.

The Terriers came to play offensively, tallying 20 runs between the two games, the most of any doubleheader this season. The sweep also marked the fourth time this season that they have taken both halves of a twin bill.  

Hiram will conclude their season with a trio of home games against the Wittenberg Tigers on Saturday and Sunday. The matchups are part of the North Coast Athletic Conference's crossover weekend.