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Terrier Baseball Splits Twin Bill with Muskingum

Terrier Baseball Splits Twin Bill with Muskingum

The Hiram College baseball team split a pair of games against Muskingum University on Saturday afternoon, winning 6-3 in the opener, before falling 8-5 in the night cap. 

The Terriers snagged game one behind a quality pitching performance from sophomore Justin Humphry as well as three-hit days from both PJ Suso and Vince Suso.

The Muskies did all of their damage in the first three frames, getting two unearned runs in the bottom of the second, before scoring a singular run on a single by Brett Carson in the third.

Hiram got on the board themselves in the top of the third inning. With two outs in the frame, Alex Gould singled through the right side, before moving to second on Vince Suso's first hit of the game. Gavin Taulbee then brought home Gould with his third RBI in the last two games.

The Terriers would tie the game in the top of the fourth inning. With runners on first and third and one away, PJ Suso singled home Kyle Harris. Zachary Bailey would then trot home on a wild pitch, knotting the game at 3-3.

Suso would once again come through for Hiram in the top of the sixth. Curtis Caithaml led off the inning with a double to right. Three batters later, with two outs in the frame, he was brought home on another RBI hit by the Terrier junior, giving Hiram a 4-3 lead.

Hiram would extend their lead further with two outs in the seventh, as Alex Perrella and Taulbee both scored on a throwing error to push the advantage to 6-3.

Humphry would finish off the bottom of the seventh, before giving way to the Terrier bullpen. He finished the game with seven innings, allowing eight hits and just one earned run while striking out three.

Christian Owens and Jeff Spencer combined for the final two innings of work for Hiram, allowing just one combined baserunner. Owens pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one, while Spencer earned his first save as a Terrier, not allowing a hit in the bottom of the ninth.

The Suso brothers put together a hefty portion of the Terrier offense, combining for six of Hiram's 14 hits. Vince tallied a pair of doubles in the game, while PJ drove in two. Harris tallied another multi-hit game, while Gould and Caithaml each finished with two hits.

In game two, PJ and Vince were at it again, combining for four of Hiram's six hits and all five Terrier RBIs. Despite the effort, Hiram dropped game two, 8-5. 

PJ Suso opened the scoring for Hiram in the game, posting a solo shot (his first of the season) with two outs, giving Hiram a 1-0 lead. 

Muskingum would take the lead in the bottom half of the second with two runs, before Hiram snagged the lead back in the top of the sixth. 

Curtis Caithaml reached base to open the sixth inning and was immediately brough home with a double from PJ Suso. Vince then followed with a two-run home run, giving Hiram a three-run inning, and a 4-2 lead. 

The Muskies would respond in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs to take a 6-4 lead, and Hiram never again led, falling by the three-run decision. 

Hiram will get back to work on Monday afternoon as they travel to Grove City, Pa. for the first of a home-and-home doubleheader against the Wolverines. Action on Monday is slated for 4 p.m.