FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite erasing a five-run deficit, the Hiram College baseball team dropped a 9-5 decision to Bluffton University on Thursday afternoon.
The Beavers ran out to a 5-0 lead through the first two innings, getting to starting pitching for two runs in the first inning and three more in the second.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Terriers added three more tallies. After sophomore Tyler Duben scored on a Beaver error, Vito Petrillo singled down the line to score Suso for a second time. Mike Eversole then came through with a sacrifice fly, scoring Tyler Carcioppolo to narrow the deficit to 5-4.
Caithaml came through with another clutch hit in the top of the sixth. After Suso reached on an error, Carcioppolo singled through the right side, moving Suso to third.
The Terriers' leading hitter then came through with a two-out, RBI single, knotting the game at 5-5.
Hiram was only able to get back into the game thanks to a solid pitching performance by senior Kyle Watson. Watson came into the game and threw 3.2 innings of working, allowing just one earned run while striking out eight batters.
He held Bluffton without a run until the sixth, giving Hiram the opportunity to tie the score at five.
Unfortunately, The Beavers would respond in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting a triple by Jacob Latkofsky to put a runner in scoring position. Lenny Winiarski then broke the tie with a RBI single.
Bluffton then added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, on a bases-clearing, one-out double from Ryan Golden. The three runs pushed the Beaver advantage to 9-5, which is where the score would end.
Offensively, Caithaml finished the day with three hits, marking his fourth, three-hit game of the early season. He also finished with a pair of RBIs, giving him a team-high eight on the season.
Other offensive leaders included Carcioppolo and Suso. Carcioppolo finished with a pair of hits, while Suso scored a trio of runs throughout the day.
Hiram will be back in action on Friday morning as they take on Finlandia University. The matchup is slated for a 9 a.m. start.