By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College baseball team split their first doubleheader of their four-game series against Allegheny on Saturday.
The Terriers upended the Gators 7-6 in game one before falling 11-8 in game two.
The long ball was crucial for both teams in game one. The Gators recorded four homers over the nine innings, while Hiram recorded one.
The lone Terrier dinger came from Brandon Gros in the bottom of the third (1-0). With one out and runners on second and third, the right fielder sent a bomb deep over the fence in left center to give Hiram a 3-1 lead. The homer marks his second on the season.
Hiram had another three-run inning in the fourth. Bryan Engdahl reached on a fielder's choice with bases loaded, scoring Eric Martin. Jacob Nagy followed the play with an RBI single to right center, sending Endahl to third and bringing home Tyler Carcioppolo. Brandon Chesmar went on to bring in the last run of the inning with an RBI single up the middle (6-2).
The Gators were only able to score one run over their next three at-bats, while the Terriers went scoreless. It wasn't until the eighth inning that Allegheny came within striking distance. In their eighth frame, the Gators tacked on two more runs to cut the Terrier lead to two (6-4). However, Hiram answered back with a run of their own, thanks to Gros advancing on a balk with loaded bases.
Despite Allegheny tallying another single-run homer in the top of the ninth, Carcioppolo shut down the rest of the Gator batters and secured the win for Hiram.
With the win, pitcher Hank Clegg earned his fourth victory (4-0), while Carcioppolo garnered his fifth save of the season. The save also makes the pitcher the program leader for single-season saves and ties the program record for career-saves. Dustin Allen was the previous record holder for single-season saves (4), while Jason Tangi and Justin Triplet are the program leaders for career saves.
The Terriers were on pace to get their second win of the day, outscoring the Gators 8-5 going into the seventh. The biggest frames for Hiram came in the third and sixth innings, during which the Terriers notched three runs in each.
Alex Perrella led off the scoring in the third frame with an RBI single to score Chet Waddell. After Gros reached on an error, Bryan Engdahl also made it to first on an Allegheny error to score Perrella. The final Terrier run came off a sac fly from Jacob Nagy to make the score 4-3.
In the sixth with Waddell on first and Vito Petrillo on third, Perrella reached on a fielder's choice, bringing in Petrillo. After Perrella advanced on a wild pitch and Gros walked, Engdahl doubled to center field to score both Perrella and Gros.
The Gator offense took over in their final three at-bats, outscoring the Terriers 6-0 and securing the 11-8 victory.
Kyle Watson took the loss for Hiram pitching, marking his first of the season (0-1).
Over the course of the day, Gros, Perrella and Engdahl led the Terrier offense. The trio tied for the team-high in hits (3). Engdahl and Gros also led the team in RBIs, with each of them adding four and three, respectively.
The Terriers will continue their series against Allegheny tomorrow, April 23rd, with another doubleheader. Seniors will be recognized prior to game one as part of senior day festivities. First pitch is set for noon.