MEADVILLE, Pa. – Despite pounding out 14 hits on Sunday afternoon, the Terrier baseball team fell prey to an eight-run comeback effort from Allegheny College, falling to the Gators, 10-9 on a walk-off decision.
Hiram controlled the opening five innings of action, outscoring the Gators 7-1, which included a six-run fourth.
Allegheny's Luke Chutko would tie the game in the bottom of the second with a solo home run.
The Terriers blew the game open in the top of the fourth inning, sending 11 players to the plate. Sophomore Curtis Caithaml tallied a pair of hits in the inning, leading off the frame with a single before stealing second base.
Overall, Hiram posted eight hits, all of which came as singles, to chase across six runs and take a 7-1 advantage.
All of this came in support of Owens, who pitched a solid five innings, surrendering just one run. He finished the game with a no-decision, throwing 5.2 innings of work while allowing four earned on six hits and striking out five.
PJ Suso would push the Terriers' lead to its largest of the game in the top of the sixth, doubling home Perrella to push the lead to 8-1.
Allegheny responded with a five spot in the sixth inning, getting the big hit on a bases-loaded double from Brandon Pouch to cut the Hiram lead to 8-6.
Hiram would get an insurance run in the eighth off the bat of Luke Brown, who double home Perrella to push the lead to three.
The hosts would be undeterred, however, scoring a pair in the eighth, and two more in the ninth, to walk off with the 10-9 victory.
Tom Cannon came through with the game-winning hit for Allegheny, knocking a walk-off single with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth.
Offensively, PJ Suso paced the Terrier bats, totaling three hits and a pair of RBIs. Gould also add two RBIs on the day, while Vince Suso, Brown, Caithaml and Watson all finished with multi-hit afternoons.
Hiram will be back in action on Wednesday, April 25, as they are scheduled for a nine-inning non-conference tilt with Grove City College. The action at Fishel Field at Proverbs Park is slated for a 4 p.m. start.