FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Hiram College baseball team dropped a pair of completely different outcomes on Monday morning, falling to Defiance, twice at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers.
Hiram first dropped a pitchers' duel, 2-0, before falling 16-11 in game two.
In the opening matchup of the morning, the Terriers and Yellow Jackets each trotted out their top arms as NCAC Newcomer of the Year, sophomore Hank Clegg, battle Defiance's ace, Paris Creek.
Neither the Terriers nor the Yellow Jackets were able to solve the starting pitchers through the first four innings.
Despite battling multiple baserunners throughout the afternoon, Clegg kept Defiance at bay, keeping Defiance down with runners on base.
Creek responded by holding the Terriers to just two hits through the first six innings of the game. He tallied two walks and a strikeout.
Mike Eversole and Alex Perrella tallied the lone hits for the Terriers. Perrella's came in the bottom of the sixth with one out, as he lifted one deep to right field for a double. He was, however, stranded as Creek induced a double play to end the threat.
The difference in the game came on three-straight Yellow Jacket hits as Michael Gilliland singled up the middle with one out. After that, Glen Collier and Tanner Stippich tallied back-to-back RBI doubles to round out the scoring and take the game, 2-0.
For as much as the pitching controlled game one, it was the bats that came alive in game two as the two squads combined for 27 runs and 29 hits as the Terriers dropped a 16-11 decision.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a large advantage, continuing their offensive surge through the first three innings. After three, Defiance led the Terriers 9-1, with the lone run coming on a RBI single from Curtis Caithaml.
In the top of the fourth inning, Hiram would get another first while in Fort Myers, as sophomore PJ Suso connected on his first-career home run, sending one over the left field fence, giving the Terriers their second run.
After the Yellow Jackets added seven more in the fifth to open a 16-2 advantage, the Terriers got a large boost from the bench, as a bevy of players helped the Terriers post nine runs in the final two stanzas.
Caithaml then followed with a single to center field, scoring Vince Suso to make the score 16-4.
After setting down the Yellow Jackets in the bottom half of the frame, the Terriers put together a seven-run inning, sending 11 batters to the plate.
Christian Owens led off the inning with his second hit of the season, before Luke Brown picked up his first-career hit. Emerine then followed with a RBI single, which was compounded with another RBI, this time from Tyler Haas.
After loading the bases, Shorts walked to drive in his second RBI of the game, before Caithaml singled home Vince Suso and Haas.
Sophomore Vito Petrillo then followed that hit was a two-RBI single of his own, before the game ended on a double play, wrapping up the scoring at 16-11.
Offensively, Caithaml posted his third multi-hit performance in four games, finishing with four RBIs. Shorts added his first career multi-RBI outing, while Petrillo added a pair of RBIs.
The Terriers will get back to work on Tuesday morning, as they take on Thiel College in a nine-inning game. The matchup is scheduled for 9 a.m.