The Hiram College pitching staff led the Terrier baseball team to a wild victory in Columbus, Ohio, as Hiram defeated Capital University, 4-3, on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite totaling just one hit throughout the entirety of the contest, the Terriers snagged their fifth win of the season, already surpassing last years' win total wit over a month remaining in the regular season.
A two-run eighth provided the difference for Hiram as Gavin Taulbee posted Hiram's only hit, a RBI single to center that scored Curtis Caithaml, to knot the contest at 3-3. Two batters later, PJ Suso scored on a wild pitch to give the Terriers the advantage.
Suso had a hand in three of the four Terrier runs that were scored throughout the afternoon. In the first inning, he brought home Kyle Harris with a sacrifice fly, after Harris was hit by a pitch and stole third base.
PJ would score himself in the top of the sixth inning to give Hiram a 2-1 lead, before the Crusaders posted a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the lead.
After Hiram retook the advantage in the top of the eighth, the Terrier pitchers, including Vito Petrillo and Christian Owens, held the Crusaders to just two singles over the final two frames to snag the win.
With a runner on third and one out in the eighth, Petrillo barred down, getting back-to-back groundouts to himself to end the inning.
Owens gave up one hit in the bottom of the ninth before slamming the door on Capital to pick up his first save of the 2019 campaign.
Pitching by committee throughout the afternoon, the Terriers used four pitchers as starter Hank Clegg went two innings, striking out a pair while surrendering three hits. Senior Justin Joyce then ate four innings out of the pen, striking out two while allowing just one earned run.
Hiram will see a quick turnaround on Wednesday, as they travel to Wooster for a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader. The mid-week action is slated for a 12 p.m. start.