March 19 - NEW CONCORD, Ohio - Seeing just their first taste of action since last playing eight days ago, the Hiram baseball team dropped both sides of a twin bill at Muskingum University on Sunday afternoon.
The Terriers (7-5) dropped the first game by a 5-3 score, before falling 4-2 in the second half of the dooubleheader.
In game one, the host Muskies jumped on the board first, getting a leadoff solo home run from Eddie Harper off of starter Hank Clegg.
Despite the early trouble, Clegg pitched well in his third-career start, going six innings while allowing just three earned on four hits and striking out three.
The Terriers came to the aide of their starter in the second inning, taking the lead with a pair of runs in the frame.
After Vince Lonigro reached on an error, Brian Fryda singled through the right side of the infield to put two runners on with one out. Freshman Will Howell then singled home Lonigro to tie the game at 1-1.
The next batter for the Terriers was senior Eric Martin, who laid down a successfull squeeze attempt, scoring Fryda to give Hiram the 2-1 lead.
Clegg would throw a scoreless second and third innings, before Muskingum got to him in the home half of the fourth. A two-RBI double by Austin DeVore gave the Muskies a 3-2 advantage.
Tyler Carcioppolo brought the Terriers back in the next half inning, reaching base on an infield single before taking second on a stolen base. Bryan Engdahl then reached on a two-base error, scoring Carcioppolo to tie the game.
Working a scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Clegg then gave way to the Terrier bullpen, who could not hold down Muskinugm. The Muskies added singular runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to round out the scoring, 5-3.
Offensively in game one, Engdahl and Howell each finished with a pair of hits and a RBI. The muli-hit game for Engdahl marked his seventh of the young season and bolstered his batting average to .438.
The difference in game two came in the home half of the third inning as the Muskies tallied a trio of runs in the frame. A Terrier error put runners on first and third with no outs and was followed by a sacrifice fly from Harper for the game's first run.
Matt Lynn doubled home the next run in the inning, before scoring himself on a balk by starting pitcher Sean May. All three tallies in the frame were unearned, but the hosts held a 3-0 advantage.
The only earned run of the game allowed by May came in the bottom of the fourth as Dallas Allan posted a two-out solo home run to give Muskingum a 4-0 lead.
Still trailing 4-0, Engdahl and Brandon Gros led off the ninth with back-to-back singles. After being moved to second and third on a groundout by Brandon Chesmar, Engdahl scored on a sac fly from Alex Perrella. Pinch-hitter Jacob Nagy then singled home Gros to pull the Terriers closer, 4-2.
With the tying run at the plate, Fryda popped out to the infield, ending the rally and the game, 4-2.
Offensively, Gros led the way for the Terriers, tallying a pair of hits.
On the mound, May took the loss despite allowing just one earned run in five innings of work. He also struck out three.
The Terriers are scheduled to be back in action with their home opener on Tuesday afternoon in a single-game with Grove City College. The matchup with the Wolverines is scheduled for 3:30 PM.