By: Andrew Korba
MEADVILLE, Pa. -- The Hiram College baseball team captured the first game of a doubleheader at Allegheny (Pa.) 5-3 to close out a 4-game NCAC EAST weekend series.
The Terriers are now 5-18 on the season and 2-8 in NCAC East play, while the Gators, who took Game 2 by a 8-1 count, are 11-12, 4-4.
Hiram opened the scoring in the second inning, as Foster blasted his first homer of the season to center.
The Gators countered with a run in the second and took a 2-1 lead in the third.
The Terriers benefitted from a Allegheny error to tie the score in the fourth and got a 2-run home run by Ward in the fifth to open a 4-2 advantage.
Allegheny would use a Terrier miscue to plate a run in the fifth, but Hiram got the run back in the seventh as freshman Bryan Engdahl (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) scored on a wild pitch.
Junior Ryan Fedor (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) struck out three batters over 1.2 innings for his second save of the season.
Sophomore Kyle Watson (Warren, Ohio/Howland) recorded his second win on the year, giving up two earned runs over five innings of work.
In the second game, the Gators struck for three runs in the third inning to take a 3-0 advantage.
Hiram got on the board in the sixth as Foster singled in Engdahl.
But Allegheny would put the game away in the seventh, scoring four time en route to the 8-1 win.
Foster paced the Terrier offense, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Hiram will return to action on Tuesday, April 19 as they play a second doubleheader with NCAC rival Oberlin. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.