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Terriers Drop Two to Merchant Marine Academy

Terriers Drop Two to Merchant Marine Academy

The Hiram College baseball team closed out a three-game series with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Monday evening, falling to the Mariners by scores of 6-4 and 10-2 at Terry Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Terriers outhit the Mariners, 10-8, getting two hits, apiece from Vito Petrillo, Zachary Bailey and Luke Brown.

Merchant Marine got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning as Alex Mesaros brought home Vincenzo Alteri with a RBI single.

Hiram responded in the bottom of the second inning as Kyle Harris and Brown tallied back-to-back home runs to give the Terriers a 2-1 lead. The homerun was the first of Harris' career, while Brown collected his second with the solo shot.

It was from there, however, that the Mariners took control of the ball game. Merchant Marine scored one in the third to tie the game, before plating a pair in both the fifth and sixth innings to push their lead to 6-2.

Hiram would have their opportunities in the game, getting at least one baserunner in every inning. However, Hiram left men stranded in six of the seven frames.

The Terriers were able to break through in the seventh, as Curtis Caithaml led off the inning with a walk. Following a strikeout, Bailey came through with a RBI triple before scoring on a RBI by Vince Suso. However, that would be as close as Hiram would get as the Terriers fell 6-4.

In game two, The Mariners rode a five-run second inning to a 10-2 victory, taking the doubleheader and the three-game series sweep.

Junior Gavin Taulbee registered Hiram's first run in game two, singling home Vince Suso in the second inning. Harris then added his second RBI of the day in the fourth, doubling home PJ Suso. Harris finished game two reaching safely in all three at bats.

Hiram will continue their spring break trip in Fort Myers, Fla. On Tuesday morning, as they take on Defiance College. The doubleheader with the Yellow Jackets is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.