March 5 – FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Hiram College baseball team opened the 2017 campaign by splitting a pair of games against Dominican University on Sunday afternoon at the Player Development Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The Terriers dropped the first game by a 10-3 score, before rallying for a 3-2 victory in the night cap.
In the first game, the Stars ran out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, before adding three-run innings in both the third and the sixth.
Hiram tallied a trio of runs in the game, scoring a pair in the sixth and one in the seventh. In the sixth inning, the Terriers notched their first run thanks to back-to-back doubles from Brandon Chesmar and Brandon Gros. Will Howell then produced his first-career RBI, driving in Gros with a double.
Chesmar posted his second double of the game in the top of the seventh, driving Brian Fryda to round out the scoring for the Terriers. The senior first baseman led the Terrier offense, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a pair of extra-base hits and a RBI. Gros also produced two hits while driving in a run and scoring once.
The Terriers once again trailed early in game two, as the Stars produced single runs in both the first and second innings.
Hiram would respond, loading the bases in the bottom of third. Once again, Gros and Chesmar were in the middle of the action, posting back-to-back singles to start the inning. Following a walk issued to Brandon Kish, freshman Chet Waddell came through with his first-career hit, driving in the senior duo, and tying the game at 2-2.
Gros notched his second double in as many innings, leading off the bottom of the fourth by putting the go-ahead run at second base. Kish then came through with what proved to be the game-winning RBI, driving in Gros with a single.
The Hiram bullpen came to the aide of starting pitcher Shawn May by working three scoreless innings to hold the score at 3-2. Jake Evanoff, Tyler Duben and Tyler Carcioppolo all tallied one full inning of work, with Duben and Carcioppolo striking out a pair.
Carcioppolo earned his first-career save as May tallied his first-career win, pitching 4.0 strong innings while striking out five batters and allowing just five hits.
Offensively, Gros led the way in game two, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scoring two of the team's three runs. Waddell reached base in all three of his at bats, posting a pair of hits and two RBIs while walking, once.
Senior leadership was on display throughout the doubleheader, as Gros and Chesmar combined to hit 9-of-14 with five doubles, five runs scored and a pair of RBIs.
The Terriers will be back in action on Monday morning as they continue play at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers. Hiram will square off with Lakeland College in a double header with first pitch scheduled for 9 a.m.