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Terrier Baseball Blows Out Bluffton

Terrier Baseball Blows Out Bluffton

Playing in their first game in the state of Ohio this season, the Terrier baseball team brought the lumber, winning their second-consecutive game with a 15-3 decision over Bluffton University.

Seven different players produced a multi-hit performance for Hiram, as the Terriers pounded out 20 hits. For the offense, it marked a hitting performance that hadn't been seen by a Hiram squad since the 2014 season. That year, Hiram slugged 21 in an 11-2 win over Medaille on April 18.

Hiram's 15 runs were the most by the Terriers since May 7 of 2016, when they defeated Wittenberg University, 15-4.

Four different players produced three hits on the day including Kyle Harris, Vince Suso, Gavin Taulbee and Curtis Caithaml. Additionally, Zachary Bailey, Alex Gould and Vito Petrillo all tallied a pair, each.

Hiram never trailed in the game, snagging the first two runs in the top of the second off of the bat of Taulbee. With Vince Suso on first and two away, Taulbee connected with a pitch on the outside part of the plate and took it the opposite way to right field for his first home run as a Terrier, giving Hiram a 2-0 lead.

The advantage would swell to three in the top of the third as Bailey crushed his first home run of the season to right center with two outs, pushing the lead to 3-0.

Bluffton would get one run back in the bottom of the third before Hiram responded in the top half of the fourth. Both teams would score singular runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to push the score to 5-3.

Hiram's runs came from Bailey, a two-out RBI double by Petrillo in the fourth; and a two-out error by the Beavers while helped score Harris.

The biggest swing in the game came in the sixth inning. After Taulbee reached on a fielders' choice and stole second, he came around to score on another Beaver error. Hiram would then add three more runs, including a RBI single from Harris, and a two-run hit by Gould, pushing the advantage to 9-3.

Junior starter Logan Huffman then continued the Terrier momentum into the bottom of the sixth, as he set down the Beavers in order, including a pair of strikeouts, to keep the five-run cushion.

The wave would continue throughout the remainder of the contest, as Hiram would add six more runs in the final three innings to round out the score, 15-3.

Harris posted a two-run triple before scoring on a while pitch in the seventh. Bailey would add a two-run double in the ninth, before Petrillo singled home the sophomore first-baseman for the final run of the afternoon.

Following a solid performance from Huffman, the Terrier bullpen also pitched well, throwing 2.1 innings while allowing just one hit and striking out three. Christian Owens surrendered the lone hit while striking out a pair, while Declan Ange cleaned up the ninth inning, allowing one baserunner.

For Huffman, the junior continued a solid start to his 2019 campaign, throwing 6.2 innings, allowing just six hits and three earned runs while striking out seven Bluffton batters.

In the leadoff position, Harris posted his fourth multi-hit game of the season, pushing his average to .438. He finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Bailey also tallied three RBIs in the win, keeping pace with Harris for the team lead (nine).

Taulbee produced his first multi-hit and multi-RBI game for the Terriers this season, going 3-fo-6 with two runs scored. Caithaml crossed the plate three times on the day, while Gould produced a pair of RBIs while finishing 2-for-4 at the dish.

Hiram will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to New Concord, Ohio for a non-conference doubleheader with Muskingum University. The twin bill is scheduled to being at 1 p.m.