March 26 – HIRAM, Ohio – Despite a late-stage rally from the Hiram baseball offense, the Terriers dropped the series finale, 10-8, to visiting Chatham University on Sunday afternoon.
Hiram (9-5) still captured the three-game set, 2-1, after sweeping Saturday's doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 2-1 at Robert O. Fishel Field.
The game turned in the Cougars' favor in the top half of the fifth as Chatham hung six runs on Hiram, chasing starting pitcher Justin Joyce from the game.
After Hiram had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in large part to a two-RBI double from Bryan Engdahl, the Cougars pounded out six hits to cross the plate six times and take an 8-3 advantage.
Hiram cut the lead back down in the bottom of the fifth, tagging Chatham pitching for three runs in the frame. Following back-to-back walks, a single by Vito Petrillo loaded the bases with one out. After Brandon Chesmar scored on a wild pitch, Vince Lonigro tallied a pinch-hit two-RBI single down the right field line, pulling the score to 8-6.
The Cougars would earn two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on a wild pitch and a passed ball before freshman Frank Peck set down 11 of the next 15 batters he faced to keep Chatham off the scoreboard.
Peck performed well in four full innings of relief, allowing just two hits and zero earned runs while striking out a pair. Continuing to pitch well in his first season as a Terrier, Peck has yet to allow an earned run in 10 innings of work.
Trailing by four runs in the final two innings, the Terriers began to chip away at the Cougar lead. Back-to-back RBI singles from Joe Masters and Brandon Chesmar in the home half of the eighth inning cut the Chatham lead in half, 10-8. Both hitters finished the game 2-for-4 with a RBI to pace the Terriers.
In the home half of the ninth, Hiram once again looked to inch closer, getting a pair of runners aboard with one out in the frame. However, with the tying run on first base, a double play ended the threat and handed Hiram the defeat.
Offensively, along with two-hit days from both Masters and Chesmar, Engdahl and Lonigro led the way with a pair of RBIs, each.
The Terriers will return to action, one week from today, on Sunday April 2 as they travel to Buffalo, New York for a non-conference doubleheader with D'Youville. The matchup with the Spartans is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start