By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College baseball team took one of their two final games against Allegheny on Sunday afternoon, finishing 2-2 on the weekend.
The Terriers defeated the Gators 8-7 in game one before dropping a 13-6 decision in game two.
After Allegheny tied the game, Hiram added another run in the bottom of the fourth. With Will Howell on first and Vito Petrillo on second, Vince Lonigro doubled to right field, scoring Petrillo (2-1).
The Terriers opened the gap in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to back-to-back RBI singles from Brandon Chesmar and Vito Petrillo. Lonigro then added to the Terrier lead with a two-RBI double to right center to make the score 6-1.
The Gators tied the game in the sixth with a five-run frame. However, Engdahl answered back with a solo homer to left field to give the lead back to the Terriers (7-6). The hit marks his third on the season.
The defense on both sides came into play in the remainder of the game. Despite both teams trading a run in the seventh, the Terriers and the Gators held each other scoreless in the remaining frames, securing the win for the Terriers.
With the win, Justin Joyce earns his first victory of the season (1-4). In his 2.1 innings of work, he gave up one run in addition to tallying a pair of strikeouts.
Lonigro led the Terrier bats. The catcher finished the game 3-3 with three RBIs. Engdahl, Mike Eversole, Chesmar and Howell also recorded a pair of hits.
Allegheny got on top of Hiram in game two, outscoring the Terriers 5-2 through six innings. The two runs for Hiram came in the bottom of the sixth after Petrillo scored on a throwing error, which was then followed by an RBI single by Chet Waddell.
In their next frame, the Gators doubled their score, with three of the five runs being a result of a three-run homer by Robert DiMaggio (10-2).
The Terriers continued to chip away at the Gator lead in their final three frames, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh and ninth innings. However, Allegheny notched three more runs to snag the 13-6 win.
Petrillo and Brian Fryda led the Hiram offense in game two, tying for the team-high in hits (3). Fryda also added an RBI.
Hiram will next travel to Wooster for a four-game series on April 29 and 30. First pitch for each day is set for noon, with game two to follow.