By: Andrew Korba
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Hiram College baseball team was swept by Newbury (Mass.) on its final day of play at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Florida.
The Terriers conclude the trip with a 1-9 mark, while the Nighthawks are 6-7.
Newbury jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring three times in the third and once more in the fourth.
Hiram would get on the board in the sixth, plating three runs.
With the bases loaded, Newbury's pitcher uncorked a wild pitch that scored freshman Bryan Engdahl (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual). Senior Trevor Foster (Warren, Ohio/Champion) followed with a single to score both freshman Bryan Fryda (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) and Ward, to make the score 4-3.
The Terriers forced extra innings, scoring a run on a Ward RBI single, during their last ups in the seventh.
The Nighthawks would score three times in the ninth inning, with two runs being unearned and held on for the 7-4 win.
In the second game, the Nighthawks scored in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead, but the Terriers jumped in front in the third inning, scoring three times.
Ward drove in Engdahl with a RBI single and Foster doubled home Fryda and Ward to give the Terriers the lead.
The Nighthawks would score eight unanswered runs, plating five runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth, to build a 9-3 lead.
The Terriers would score two more runs in the seventh, with Ward and Chesmar picking up RBI's, but could get no closer.
Fryda collected two hits and scored twice, with Ward recording two hits and driving in two.
Hiram will return home and will host rival Mount Union in a single nine inning non-conference clash on Wednesday, March 16 at 3 p.m.