FORT MYERS, FLA. -- The Hiram College baseball team opened the 2013 season with a doubleheader split against Ohio Northern University as part of the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Terriers lost to the Polar Bears, 15-1, in game one, but beat ONU, 4-3, in game two.
In game one, ONU (1-1) took control early scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning and adding four more runs in the second to lead 5-0. The Polar Bears then broke the game open with a 10-run bottom of the third to extend the margin to 15-0. Hiram's (1-1) lone run came in the sixth on a RBI single by senior Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) that was set up by an earlier triple by fellow senior Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius). But ONU already had the game in hand and cruised to the 15-1 victory.
Hiram recorded five hits in the game led by junior Jim Jaksa (Chesterland/West Geauga) who finished two-for-three at the plate.
On the mound, senior Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) started the game and pitched two and two-thirds innings allowing 10 runs on seven hits and struck out one batter. He was also credited with the loss and begins the season with a 0-1 record. Also seeing action on the mound was junior Mike Gatta (McDonald) who pitched a third of an inning giving up five runs on three hits. Sophomore Tanner Gilchrist (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) pitched the final three innings giving up no runs on three hits and struck out four.
In game two, ONU again grabbed an early lead scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Hiram narrowed the gap with a run in the second on a RBI fielder's choice by sophomore Mark Leone (Boardman) making the score 3-1. The deficit remained a pair of runs for the Terriers until the bottom of the sixth inning when Hiram scored three runs on a RBI single by Leone, a RBI single by junior Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) and a RBI bases loaded walk by Stimson giving Hiram a 4-3 lead. Following a base hit by the Polar Bears in the top of the final inning, the Terrier defense ended the game with a double play on ONU's next at-bat and then a strikeout to clinch a 4-3 win.
Hiram tallied six hits in the game with sophomore Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) posting a two-of-three effort at the plate to go along with a RBI. Four other Terriers each recorded a base hit in the win.
Sophomore pitcher Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) pitched the entire game to pick up the win and start the season with a 1-0 record. He allowed three runs on five hits and had four strikeouts.
Hiram will continue its Florida schedule tomorrow (Monday, Mar. 4) with a single nine-inning game against Dominican (Ill.) University. The first pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.