FORT MYERS, FLA. -- The Hiram College baseball team fell short of Dominican (Ill.) University, 7-4, in a single nine-inning game as part of the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
Hiram (1-2) got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield) for an early 1-0 lead. Dominican (2-1) evened the score with a run in the second and took the lead scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third inning for a 3-1 advantage. The Terriers later rallied with two runs in the fourth on a pair of defensive errors in the inning that allowed sophomore Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) and sophomore Rob O'Toole (Brooklyn, N.Y./La Salle Academy) to cross homeplate knotting the score at 3-3. The Stars quickly regained the lead with runs in the fifth and sixth innings to move ahead 5-3. Hiram got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the sixth because of a defensive error on a single by senior Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) with a runner on second base. The lead remained one run for Dominican until the top of the ninth when the Stars added two insurance runs to extend their lead to 7-4. The Terriers began the bottom of the ninth with a lead-off double by Sewolich. But Hiram would then hit into three straight outs as Dominican held on for the 7-4 win.
Offensively, Hiram totaled eight hits in the game, but committed four errors defensively. Two Terriers recorded multi-hit efforts in Segal and Sewolich. Segal finished two-of-three with a run scored, while Sewolich went two-of-four. Four other players each recorded a base hit.
At pitcher, sophomore Pat Rhodes (Girard) got the start and pitched seven innings allowing five runs on 10 hits and struck out five batters. He would also suffer the loss and begins the season at 0-1. Senior Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) ptiched the final two innings in relief giving up two runs on five hits.
Hiram returns to action tomorrow (Tuesday, Mar. 5) with a doubleheader against Eastern (Mass.) Nazarene College with the first game scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.