The Hiram College baseball team used a seven-run second-inning to get into the win column on Thursday morning, upending Rivier 9-4 in the final day of their spring trip to Fort Myers, Fla.
The Terrier offense broke through in the second inning, sending 11 men to the plate to blow the game open, 7-0.
Mike Eversole got things started for Hiram in the second, tripling to right field in his first at bat of the morning. The next eight batters would all reach base as well.
After Vince Suso and Parker Emerine were issued free passes, Vito Petrillo and a RBI with a bases-loaded walk. Kyle Harris then drove in a run the hard way, getting hit by a pitch to extend the lead to 2-0.
After Alex Perrella drove in a run by reaching on a fielder's choice, Alex Gould tallied an infield hit, scoring Petrillo. Zachary Bailey then cleared the bases with a two-run double before scoring himself on a RBI hit from PJ Suso.
Hiram's pitching staff, once again working by committee, held the Raiders down through the first four frames, before Rivier got on the board in the top of the fifth with a two-run double. The Raiders would then add singular runs in both the top of the seventh and eighth innings to cut the Hiram lead to 7-4.
The Terriers would respond in their last at bats in the bottom of the eighth, getting a pair of runs back to round out the score at 9-4. With two outs and a runner on third, Perrella came through with his second RBI of the game, scoring Andrew Church. Gould then doubled home Perrella, who scored all the way from first, to push the lead further.
Freshman Phillip Moore finished off the game pitching the final 1.1 innings of work while striking out a pair to help preserve the victory. He was one of four pitchers on the day that worked effectively in the contest.
Sophomore Justin Humphrey began the game, pitching three full innings while allowing just two hits and striking out five. Jeff Spencer then came in relief, striking out two in two innings before Shawn May threw 2.2, fanning four. May then gave way to Moore who finished out the game.
Offensively, the Terriers were led by two-RBI performances by Perrella, Gould and Bailey. Gould and Bailey each also tallied a pair of hits.
Over the eight games in Florida, Harris led the way for the Terriers, hitting .407 with six RBIs and four extra-base hits. Bailey totaled eight hits and six RBIs, while PJ Suso and Gould tallied six hits, each.
On the mound, Humphrey led the Terriers with 10.0 innings pitched in two appearances. He posted a 0.90 ERA while allowing just one earned run.