By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College baseball team survived a seventh inning rally to record a victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader with Oberlin on Tuesday.
The Terriers (6-20, 3-9 NCAC East) took the first game 4-2, but fell in the nightcap 6-3 to the Yeomen (13-14, 5-3 NCAC East).
Clinging to a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh of the first game, Oberlin was able to load the bases with two men out.
Junior Ryan Fedor (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) was able to induce a flyout to deep left to clinch the win and record his third save of the season.
Oberlin was able to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, getting back-to-back RBI singles.
The Terriers tied the game in the fourth as freshman Zayvier Cintron (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) singled home senior Trevor Foster (Warren, Ohio/Champion) and junior Brandon Gros (Ravenna, Ohio/Crestwood).
Hiram then jumped in front in the fifth as Gros laced a RBI single to score freshman Bryan Engdahl (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual). Freshman Brian Fryda (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) followed with a RBI groundout to close out the scoring.
Six different Terriers recorded a hit in the victory.
Junior Brandon Chesmar (Elyria, Ohio/Amherst Steele) struck out four batters over six innings of work for his second win of the season.
In Game 2, Hiram scored right away in the top of the first on a RBI single from sophomore Phil Ward (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights).
The Yeomen answered with a run in the first and second frames to take a 2-1 lead. Oberlin would add another run in the fifth and tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to open a 5-1 advantage.
Hiram scored twice in the eighth on a RBI double from Ward and a RBI single from Foster, to trim the Oberlin lead to 5-3.
The Yeomen added a run in the eighth inning and worked around a walk in the Hiram half of the ninth inning to salvage the split.
Ward went 3-for-4 with 2-RBI's and a run scored, while Engdahl scored twice in the contest.
Hiram will host a 4-game weekend series with Wooster. Both doubleheaders on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 are set to begin at noon.