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Terriers Earn Split at Oberlin in NCAC Finale

Terriers Earn Split at Oberlin in NCAC Finale

The Hiram College baseball team grabbed their first NCAC win on their final conference Saturday of the season, splitting a pair of games with Oberlin College on Saturday.

In game one, the Terriers outslugged the Yeomen as the two teams combined for 29 hits and 23 runs scored as Hiram posted a 13-10 victory.

The win marked Hiram's first in North Coast Athletic Conference play, and the first NCAC win in the career of head coach Phil Brua, who captured the victory against his Alma Mater.

The offensive barrage in game one was led by the Terrier 1-4 hitters, as Kyle Harris, Alex Perrella, PJ Suso, and Vince Suso, combined to pound out 11 hits and eight RBIs while scoring nine of Hiram's 13 runs.

The Terrier offense got on the board early, taking a 3-0 lead after one.

Harris led off the first with a single up the middle, before advancing to third on an error. With runners at the corners and one out, the Terriers put on the double steal, as Perrella took second before Harris raced home for the game's first run.

Vince Suso followed the double steal with a RBI single to push the Terrier lead, before Alex Gould brought home Suso with a hit of his own.

After starter Shawn May held the Yeomen scoreless in the second, Hiram pushed their lead to four as PJ Suso singled home Harris.

Oberlin would respond in the third inning, collecting four runs to knot the game at 4-4.

In the home half of the fourth, Hiram would retake the lead getting three runs with two outs, including RBI hits from both Suso brothers to give the Terriers a 7-4 advantage.

The Yeomen would not go away, however, as Oberlin knotted the game back up in the fifth with a pair of home runs. They would then take their first lead of the game in the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Lawrence Hamilton.

Trailing by three in the bottom of the seventh, the Terriers came back thanks to a clutch hit by Harris. With the bases full of Terriers and two outs in the frame, down to his last strike, Harris uncorked a grand slam over the left field wall, pushing Hiram back in front 11-10.

Hiram would tack on two more runs in the eighth to round out the scoring, 13-10.

Freshman Phil Moore finished off the game for the Terriers, holding the Yeomen scoreless over the final two innings to grab his first save of the season.

Offensively, Harris posted four hits and four RBIs, marking a career high. Vince Suso finished game one with three hits and a pair of RBIs while PJ Suso knocked in two while posting a pair of hits.

Each Terrier in the starting lineup reached base safely, while eight of the nine players totaled at least one hit.

Game two saw the Yeomen run out to a 7-0 lead through the first five innings of action en route to a 9-5 win.

Hiram made a comeback in the sixth and seventh innings, combining for all five of their runs.

In the sixth, PJ Suso drove home Harris with a sacrifice fly to make the score 7-1.

Hiram would then plate four in the seventh, led by a two-run double from Curtis Caithaml, which scored Devin Houdeshell and Gavin Taulbee. Harris then came through with his fifth RBI of the afternoon to bring the score to 7-5.

Oberlin would respond with two more runs in the eighth as the Terrier bats fell silent over their final two innings, falling 9-5.

Overall, Harris posted two more hits in the game to finish with six on the day, while Caithaml added a pair of hits and two RBIs.

Hiram and Oberlin will continue their four-game weekend series with a pair of games on Sunday afternoon at Dill Field in Oberlin. The matchup is slated for a 12 p.m. start.