HIRAM, Ohio – Battling the elements through the entirety of the game, the Hiram College baseball team nearly pulled off a dramatic, come-from-behind victory, falling 13-11 in 10 innings to Kenyon College on Wednesday afternoon.
The Terriers fought through the wind, rain and snow to chip away at what seemed to be an insurmountable advantage. The Lords opened the game with four runs in each the second and fourth innings to run out to an 8-0 lead.
Despite falling behind early, the Terriers never gave up, turning the pitching duties over to Parker Emerine. The freshman showed up well for Hiram, pitching two solid innings while surrendering just a pair of hits and no runs.
Hiram then responded with their best offensive inning of the season. The Terriers set 12 batters to the plate, pushing eight runs across on five hits to knot the game at 8-8.
After the first out was recorded in the inning, eight straight Terrier batters reached base safely. Vince Suso got Hiram rolling with a single up the middle. Alex Gould then followed with a double to the gap, scoring Suso to get the Terriers on the board.
After a pitching change, Tyler Duben singled home Gould before three-straight batters reached via free pass; including PJ Suso, Alex Perrella, and Zach Bailey. The final walk brought home Duben, keeping the bases loaded with one out.
Still trailing 8-3 and the bases full of Terriers, Kyle Watson walked home a run before Tyler Carcioppolo brought home Perrella with a RBI single, making the score 8-5. Curtis Caithaml then came through with a sacrifice fly to score Bailey.
Suso then collected his second hit of the inning, send a double over the head of the Kenyon centerfielder to score a pair and knot the game at 8-8.
The Lords would re-take the lead two more times, getting a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Each time, the Terriers would respond.
Trailing 9-8 in the bottom of the seventh, PJ Suso uncorked his team-leading third home run of the season to tie the game for the second time.
After Kenyon responded with two in the eighth, the Suso brothers would raise to the challenge again.
Caithaml led off the inning with a double, and was immediately chased home on a RBI single by Vince Suso. Two batters later, PJ smacked a double to the left-center field gap, scoring his younger brother to pull the Terriers even.
The competing pitching staffs each hung zeros in the ninth. Carcioppolo worked a scoreless ninth for the Terriers, while Will Oakley held Hiram scoreless by stranding a runner in scoring position.
Kenyon took the lead for the final time in the top of the tenth inning as the Lords were gifted an error with the bases loaded, scoring a pair of runs on the play, to take a 13-11 lead. Hiram could not respond in the bottom half, and the nearly four-hour marathon ended by the same score.
The two sides combined for 24 runs and 33 hits on the afternoon. Hiram was led by the Susos, who combined to go 7-for-11 at the plate with four runs scored and five RBIs. Vince Suso led the way with his first-career four-hit performance in the leadoff position. PJ Suso tallied three hits, also picking up a double and a home run.
Other offensive leaders included Gould, Duben and Carcioppolo, who all finished with multi-hit days. Eight different players posted at least one RBI.
Game two of the doubleheader was postponed and will be made up at a later date.
Hiram is next scheduled to travel to Granville, Ohio to take on Denison University. The doubleheader with the Big Red is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at noon.